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Library User Guide

Binding and Laminating 

Self-service binding and laminating services are available to all students and staff through the library. Library staff will be happy to assist as required at any point during our staffed hours. 

You may wish to use our binding services to: 

  • bind your dissertation 
  • bind your portfolio or another assessed piece of work 
  • bind course handbooks or other academic documentation

The binders and laminator are located on the left wall of the main book area. To locate them, turn left immediately after the search PCs in the library foyer. 


Costs 

Binding materials include: a binding comb, clear front cover, and glossy back cover. 

The binding machines and laminator can be used at any time during our opening hours. However, binding materials and laminating sheets are only available to purchase from the library helpdesk during our staffed hours. 

Payment can be made in cash at the helpdesk, or by card via the Online Shop

 

Binding materials

     £1.00 per document

A5 laminating sheet

     £0.20

A4 laminating sheet

     £0.20

A3 laminating sheet

     £0.40

Manual Binding

For guidance on using manual binding machine, please refer to the below instructions and diagram: 

1. Print the document you would like to bind

2. Purchase your binding comb(s), cover sheet and backing card via the helpdesk. Binding materials cost £1.00 per document. Payments can be made in cash, or by card via the online shop.

3. Open the lid of the binding machine, pull up the handle, and ensure that the grey lever to the left of the binder is pushed back.

4. Place your comb between the notches. The comb opening should be facing upwards.

5. To open the comb, pull the grey level forward.

6. Ensure the binder handle is pushed up.

7. Slot the left-hand side of your document (including the cover sheet and backing card) into the binder via the back slot to punch holes. Please note that the binder will only punch a maximum of 25 pages at any one time.

8. Pull the binder handle down firmly, then push back into an upright position.

9. Place the punched pages on the binding comb, starting with the cover sheet and front pages.

10. When you have added all your pages, push down the grey lever to close the comb.

Your document can now be removed from the binding machine.

Electric Binding

For guidance on using the electric binder, please see the below instructions: 

1. Print the document you would like to bind 

2. Purchase your binding comb(s), cover sheet and backing card via the helpdesk. Binding materials cost £1.00 per document. Payments can be made in cash, or by card via the online shop.

3. Ensure sure the black lever to the left of the binder is pushed back

4. Place the comb between the notches. The comb opening should be facing upwards.

5. To open the comb, pull the black lever forward. 

6. Place work into binder in the paper entry slot. The front page of your document should be facing downwards, the top of the page facing left.  Ensure your work is parallel to the machine edge. Please note that the binder will only punch 30 pages at any one time. 

7. Press the external pedal to punch

8. Place the punched pages on the binding comb, starting with the cover sheet and front pages. When you have added all your pages, push down the black lever to close the comb.

Your document can now be removed from the binding machine.

Laminating

For guidance on using the laminator, please see the below instructions: 

1. Purchase the required number and size of laminating sheets required from the helpdesk.

2. Turn the laminator on via the switch on the back. Select the desired heat (80 should be sufficient for standard paper). The laminator will have reached the required temperature when the green light stops flashing. 

3. Place the sheet of paper between the laminating sheet. Make sure there is a border of plastic around the paper - this will ensure a complete seal. 

4. Ensure that there is nothing obstructing the back of the laminator. 

5. Place the paper into the laminator, closed-end first 

6. Wait until the laminator has fed the paper all the way through

7. Turn off the laminator via the switch on the back