Binding options

GBC/plastic comb

comb binding Used for custom course packs, manuals, calendars. A series of slotted holes is punched into the binding edge, and a black plastic comb-strip is inserted. The strips come in various sizes up to a maximum thickness of approximately 350 sheets (700 pages) of 20-lb paper. Card stock covers for the front and back are recommended. The inside margin should be generous to allow for the holes. These publications lie flat when open.

Plastic coil

coil binding Used for custom course packs, manuals, calendars. A series of round holes is punched into the binding edge, and a plastic-covered wire coil is inserted. The inside margin should be generous to allow for the holes. These publications lie flat when open. A choice of colors is available.

Saddle stitch/booklet staple

saddle stitch Used for booklets, programs, and small catalogs. The document is stapled along the centerfold. When opened, saddle-stitched books lie flat for ease in reading and handling. The book on the right is saddle stitched.

Side or corner stitch/staple

Works well for publications that are too bulky for saddle stitching. Orders can be finished with a single staple in the upper left corner, two staples across the top, or side-stitched using two staples along the left edge. The staples are inserted about 1/4 inch from the binding edge, so the inside margin should be generous. Stapling is limited to a maximum of 100 sheets (200 pages) of 20-lb paper. Side-stitched pieces do not lie flat when open.

Tape bind

Black tape or thermal tape binding provides an economic and strong binding for 8.5x11-inch documents. The maximum thickness is limited to 120 sheets (240 pages) of 20-lb paper. Card-stock covers for the front and back and a maximum of three colors are recommended. Available at Printing Services.