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Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Master's Thesis: Binding Options

A resource guide for thesis research and writing assistance, locating theses in the library, and thesis binding options

Thesis Binding

Your thesis will need to be bound before it's turned in to the library. There are so many online binding choices. Here are a few:

Local Binders  - These local binderies can bind copies of your thesis.

Allegra Print and Imaging
102 Waterman Street Providence, RI 02906 (401) 421-5160
Hope Bindery & Box Company
250 Esten Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860 (401) 726-6688
Ocean State Bookbinding
225 Dupont Dr., Providence, RI (401) 528-1172

Recommended Glued Binding Method; Not Recommended? PLASTIC COVERS

If you're having your thesis commercially bound and have decided upon a glued rather than stitched binding method, the library recommends using double fan adhesive binding. This type of binding holds up best over time.

Source: Parisi, Paul A., and Jan Merrill-Oldham. §6.3, p.5. Library Binding Institute Standard for Library Binding. Rochester, NY: Institute, 1986. image source

Plastic - the Binding Material to Avoid

Plastic covers are not stable. We've had numerous instances of plastic-covered theses sticking to and melting with those shelved next to them. Please choose archival materials for your thesis cover, and use pH neutral or archival quality paper.