Planning, preparing Copy Center orders


You are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material, although if you are ordering course packs our Copyright Service can help. It is illegal to reproduce copyrighted material without permission of the copyright holder, and Copy Center staff may refuse to reproduce material if there is any question about violation of copyright.

Document preparation

Electronic files

Creating pdf files with embedded fonts and graphics eliminates a lot of cross-platform problems. Save the files in as high a resolution as possible, up to 1200x1200 dpi, for the best print quality.

Hard copy

Use a good quality original. The higher the quality, the better the reproduction. Use standard, 20-pound white bond paper, either 8.5x11 or 11x17 inches, with high-resolution black type and black ink for line drawings. Heavy, dark, consistent pressure lines work best. Pencil and chalk areas give texture but not consistent lines.

When reproducing an article or from a book, the original is preferred but a good copy will work. Make sure there is at least a 3/4-inch margin around each page to allow for three-hole punch or bindings. If possible, eliminate black edges—they cause machines to jam. We can clean originals for you, but must charge for our time.

Originals on lightweight stock do not feed easily through automatic document feeders. Colored paper used as an original may produce a gray or black background on reproduction. If you tape items to your original, make sure the tape does not cover any type or graphics.


We’ll need to know the quantity, number of pages, size of the finished piece, and kind of paper you want. If your document will be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service, the weight of the paper will be an important factor. Also tell us if you need reductions, enlargments, collating, folding, binding, or wrapping.


We aim to deliver most orders within 24 hours or less. However, due to heavy workloads, course packs may take up to a week at the beginning of semesters and exams three to five days at the end of semesters.

UI Copy Centers
180 Boyd Law Building, 335-9138, fax 335-9984,, map
162 Mossman Building, 335-2699, fax 384-3707,, map
C102 Pappajohn Business Building, 335-0861, fax 353-2733,, map