The MDL is a resource for Whitman students, faculty and staff to print academic, administrative projects and, schedule permitting, extracurricular projects.

To print in color or on the large-format plotter, you will always need an appointment. Black-and-white printing is through GoPrint. Typically the MDL has a three-day turn-around. Please keep this in mind when scheduling appointments.

For full details on making an appointment in the MDL, please visit our Make an Appointment page.


Methods of payment we accept include cash, check, and departmental/group charge. We cannot take flex dollars.

Plotter Printing

  • Plotter printing is charged by linear foot. One linear foot is the width of the plotter (41.5’’) by 12’’. For example, a 41.5x24’’ matte poster would cost $6.
  • There is a minimum of 1 linear foot. Afterwards, we round up at every 6”.
  • Matte: $3.00 per linear foot
  • Glossy: $5.00 per linear foot

Color Printing

  • 8.5x11’’ normal weight: $0.50
  • 8.5x11’’ matte: $0.75
  • 8.5x11’’ glossy: $0.75
  • 11x17’’ normal weight: $1.0

If you bring your own paper, we still charge the above prices to cover the costs of ink and printer maintenance.

Preparing documents for print

For directions on how to prepare your file for printing, visit these tutorials.

The MDL requires a .tif or .pdf file for large-format plotter printing, depending on the program used to. 

If converting your project to .pdf or .tif from a file made in Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Word, Publisher, or KeyNote, please make an appointment with the MDL. 

Printing options outside of the MDL

If the MDL is booked, closed, or unable to meet your printing needs, there are a few other options for large-format and color printing both on and off campus.

Printing Services

Located in Boyer House, Printing Services prints posters and color documents, and does photocopying, trimming, saddle stitching for booklets, comb binding, notepad making, lamination, and more. Printing Services accepts PDF documents. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For an appointment, email with a Printing Services Job Ticket. If you have questions or want more information, call 509-526-5160 or email Amber Woodworth, Communications Operations Manager, at

Olin Hall Computer Lab

Located near the WCTS offices on the ground floor of Olin, this computer lab has one color printer connected to GoPrint. Only 8.5x11’’ paper is available, so users needing specialty paper will need to provide their own.

Off-campus printers include Staples and 1-2-3 Printing.