When I finished my dissertation, I gave a bound copy to every member of my committee in addition to the official copies I gave to the department and to the university. Because I finished right before moving to Madison, I needed to pay for expedited three-day bounding at this place that was 30 miles away and involved a treacherous winter drive (for coastal people who have a resolutely undifferentiated view of Middle America, southern Indiana is both very woodsy and hilly). I spent something like $500 between the binding and the special weight paper, if memory serves.
I come to Wisconsin and it seems like people do not make bound copies for anyone but their chair. I had a student today ask me if I wanted a professionally bound copy, and I realized that was the first time anyone had even asked me about it. So now I'm trying to figure out if it was weird of me to go to the trouble of making bound copies for everyone at Indiana, or if there is a normative difference between Wisconsin and Indiana, and if the latter, which is the more normal norm.
I have heard that at least two of the five copies I gave to committee members were "donated" to where the department shelves other dissertations, meaning there are like three copies of mine. I told someone there that they should write "Vol 1", "Vol 2", and "Vol 3" on the side, so it looks like I wrote a 1600 page dissertation, but they wouldn't do it. Anyway, that would lend further evidence to the hypothesis that I was once again confused-about-norms in making copies for everyone.