The annual poster sale is underway outside the BookMark, and the calls and emails are coming in from people wanting to know if we are able to laminate that awesome poster they just picked up for their room. The short answer is “yes, most likely”, but like always, there are a few things you need to know.
Media Services has two roll laminators. One is 12″ wide (small) and the other is 27″ wide (big). The small laminator can be used for items that are up to 11″ wide, and the large one is good for items up to 26″ wide (there needs to be space on both sides of the item so that the plastic bonds to plastic in order to get a good seal, and the longer the item is, we need a larger buffer on either side just in case it doesn’t get lined up perfectly). We charge per linear foot of laminate that is needed to laminate your item, and the rates are $.75 per linear foot on the small laminator, and $1.50 per linear foot on the large one. We accept Cash, Checks, and can charge to student and employee accounts, however we do not process credit cards.
Most posters that people bring in to have laminated need to be done on the large laminator (so even those long skinny ones have to go on the big laminator since they are usually 12″ wide by some length- like 36″). So an average poster will often cost around $5 to laminate.
Lamination is what we consider a “walk-in” services, so feel free to stop by any time our office is open to have something laminated. The large laminator takes about 10 minutes to heat up, so if you call ahead (x7459), we can turn it on so it is ready when you get here. If you have a large number of items, you might want to drop them off and come back later to pick them up.
We would like to remind everyone that the lamination process is actually a very destructive process (we know it doesn’t make sense since you laminate things to protect them). Items that are being laminated are subjected to high heat and pressure, and while most of the time things turn out awesome there are times where the thickness of an item or the material it is made out of doesn’t do so well and either causes the laminate to have an uneven surface or the item can discolor from either the heat or a reaction to the melted plastic it is bonding to. So laminate at your own risk.