M – TR 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM Friday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Invoice sent to VCU email, paid digitally using a debit or credit card.
The Creative Print Bureau (CPB) is a staff and student-operated lab that provides printing services and educational opportunities to all VCU students, staff and alumni.
Located in room 219 of the Pollak Building on VCU’s campus, we provide exemplary, accessible services with specializations in large-format and book printing. We prioritize craftsmanship and encourage hands-on learning by offering production technique demos, self-service machines and workshops. We work diligently to keep our production costs low so that we can offer you the most cost efficient printing services.
Have a creative idea but not sure how to produce it? You can always stop by during open hours to talk with a Studio Assistant. Please keep in mind when printing with us, you must have a valid VCU email for us to send your payment.
The Creative Print Bureau focuses on the following goals in pursuit of its mission:
Promote, foster, and improve student’s knowledge of print production in an accessible environment
Increase awareness of responsible, environmentally-friendly practices during print production
Complement and expand faculty’s curriculum with educational resources and programs
Empower our students to graduate highly skilled and confident in an increasingly DIY, collaborative culture
The Creative Print Bureau (CPB) operates through two rooms.
When you first walk in, there is a doorway leading into our self service stations. Feel free to use this space to do work, document projects, and trim posters. We have exacto knives, scissors and some bookbinding supplies. Our supplies are free to use, however you will need to exchange your VCU ID to borrow. In addition to being a place for you to work on your creative projects, this space houses:
(1) 39×39 inch high-resolution scanner
(1) Risograph Machine, including scrap paper and drying racks
(1) Perfect Binder for Letter-Size books
(1) Guillotine for trimming down stacks of paper
(1) Spiral Bind machine
(1) Saddle-Stitch stapler
Cutting boards and rulers
Documentation corner for printed works
To the right of our main entrance, you will see a table with several desktop computers, and many printers in its surrounding vicinity. This is our production zone, where staff complete your jobs. We currently work with:
(1) 60 inch wide Inkjet Printer
(1) 44 inch wide Inkjet Printer
(1) Vinyl Cutter, up to 48 inches wide
(1) UV printer
(1) Laser Jet printer, printing duplex up to 18×12 inches
If you have any questions please ask for help at our checkout counter. There is also a tablet for you to pay for your prints when picking up!
The efficiency of this lab is thanks to our amazing Studio Assistants who help customers and do print production at the CPB. Our Studio Assistants are here to answer questions, look over your print files, complete print jobs and help you use our self-service stations.
Production is guided by Cassie Grace, a 2021 graduate of the VCUarts School of Graphic Design, who works to expand our services and program hands-on learning opportunities.
Keep up with us on social media! We post updates on hours, workshops and events, turnaround time influxes. You can find us on instagram @printbureau_vcu