Numerous campus units function behind the scenes to support the University’s daily operation. Printing Services is one. Many at ISU—and certainly most alumni—are unaware a printing operation exists in the basement of the Nelson Smith Building located near Tri Towers.
In operation since the 1930s, Printing Services was established to serve primarily faculty. Today 97 percent of the nearly 3,500 jobs completed annually are still done as campus projects. The remainder come from other universities and external nonprofit agencies. The work generates an average of $1.9 million in revenue for Printing Services, which functions as a self-standing business. No state dollars support the operation that offers products ranging from business cards to building banners.