Printing, Binding, Laminating

Binding & Finishing

Six types of book binding are available. They are as follows:

Hard Bind

Also known as thesis binding, this option includes custom foil printing on the spine (your document should be a minimum of one-half inch thick to use this binding option).

  • $25.00 - up to one inch thick
  • $26.00 - one to two inches thick

GBC Binding

Sometimes called "comb binding," this is a good choice for larger manuals or books. GBC binding allows the pages of a book to lay flat while in use. This binding can be used for original documents, as well as rebinding paperbound volumes. It will bind documents from 0.25" to 1.875" thick, and is available in all sizes in black and limited sizes in white.

  • $2.20 - up to one inch thick
  • $3.60 - one to two inches thick
  • $4.70 - two to three inches thick

Velo Binding

This binds the pages of a document together using long narrow strips of plastic on the front and back of the book. The strips are attached through 0.125" holes punched through the sheets, and heat is used to "weld" them together. Velo binding can bind books up to 2" thick. A variety of binding colors and coordinating plastic covers are available. Velo binding is also used for hardbound books. Hard covers are available in assorted colors. We offer optional gold or silver foil cover imprinting.

  • $1.80 - up to one inch thick
  • $2.45 - one to two inches thick


Also known as "tape bind," this binding technique uses a cloth-like strip with a glue-laminate on one side of it to hold the covers and inside sheets of a book together. The strip is heated and pressed onto the edges of the book. Once the glue sets, a permanent, flexible binding is created. Fastbinding is available in black and can bind books up to 1" thick.

  • $1.35 - maximum of one inch thick

Double Loop Wire Binding

This consists of a series of double wire loops from a continuous pre-formed wire, which are inserted into pages that have been punched with square or round holes. Double Loop Wire provides a sophisticated look for calendars, journals, notebooks and more!

  • $2.20 - up to one inch thick
  • $3.60 - one to two inches thick
  • $4.70 - two to three inches thick
Double Loop Wire Binding

Coil Binding

Documents that are coil bound can open flat on a desk or table and offer 360 degree rotation for easy note taking. This binding style is durable and is often used for documents that need to be mailed.

  • $2.20 - up to one inch thick
  • $3.60 - one to two inches thick
  • $4.70 - two to three inches thick


Black & white and color copies. Many jobs can be done while you wait; larger jobs may be left for later pick-up.

Color Copying

Color copies at Graphic Resources can be produced from your removable media, sent via the campus network, or made from your hard-copy original. They are high-resolution prints rendered at 2400 x 2400 dpi. Our standard color copy is 8.5 x 11 on 24# laser bond. The following additional options are available:

  • Color copies up to 13 x 19 on a variety of paper stocks.
  • Reductions or enlargements
  • Color Copies on 8.5 x 11" transparency film

Color copy pricing on 24# white laser bond (per-copy pricing):

1-250 251-500 501-750 751+
8.5 x 11
8.5 x 14
11 x 17

Additional cost per copy if using these stocks:

8.5 x 11 11 x 17
10 pt. Super Gloss Cover - white
80# Gloss Cover - white
80# Gloss Text - white
90# Index - white

Black & White Copying

Our rapid duplicating service provides quick turnaround on the latest high-speed reprographic equipment. Our standard paper is an 8.5 x 11" 20# white bond; we can also duplicate your project on a wide variety of colors and alternative paper stocks, including card stock, recycled stock, tab stock, transparency film, labels, and reinforced three-hole paper, and on stock larger than 8.5 x 11". (Note: there is an additional charge for copies on colored paper and stock larger than 8.5 x 11"). We can provide stapling and collating, single and double sided copies. You can bring in your hard-copy originals or send us your digital printing project via the campus network.

  • $0.065 - single-sided copies
  • $0.12 - double-sided copies

Custom Printing

All of your custom printing needs can be satisfied at Graphic Resources. We produce custom stationary, folders, postcards, carbonless forms, maps, promotional flyers, custom cutting, folding and stitching -- or just about any printing-related need you may have. And we offer quick turnaround times for most projects.
All custom jobs should be discussed with a member of our staff. Our experienced personnel will lead you through the processes involved with your project, and can answer questions pertaining to design and cost effectiveness.


Price is based on a 20# white, 25% cotton Caltech watermark bond, 8.5 x 11". Each ream contains 500 sheets. Letterhead comes in two styles: the traditional style and the centennial style.


If you require a copy of the new Caltech wordmark (logo) in a resolution and format suitable for the internet or for printing, please visit the Identity Standards website here:


Graphic Resources can assist you with your next mailing.

Whether it's a stand-alone letter or part of a stationery package, we can provide a wide variety of envelope types for your project. Our inventory includes basic #10 white, A2 Announcement, 9x12 Manilla w/clasp and many more options.. If we don't have a particular item in stock we will order it.

Pricing is based on size, paper type, and other features.

Envelope printing and mail merging are also services we offer. Contact us for more details.

Document Laminating

We offer two types of lamination.

Our roll laminating machine applies a heated laminate to both sides of the sheet simultaneously and provides a total seal on all edges of your document. We can accommodate document sizes up to 11.5 inches wide.

Sizes include (but are not limited to):

  • 8.5x11 inches - $2.20
  • 11x17 inches - $3.00

We also offer cold lamination. This technique applies laminate to one side of your document. This service is primarily used for large-format presentations but can accommodate any size document up to 40 inches wide. For more information about this service please refer to our "Presentation Services" page.