Quick Copy

Convenient and quality service that is efficient is what Rapid Copy provides all members of the  University community.

Job Requests Options

Departments Account Users

  1. Complete the Rapid Copy Order Form and email it to rapidcopy@albany.edu remember to include the documents to be printed (Rapid Copy accepts all formats, but recommends PDF).
  2. Go to the Rapid Copy Center (Business Administration Building, Basement Level, Room 26) along with the files that need to be printed or copied.

You MUST have the Department Account number to complete the order.

Non-Deparment Account Users

  1. Go to the Rapid Copy Center (Business Administration Building, Basement Level, Room 26) along with the files that need to be printed or copied.

Pricing List

Estimate Pricing Guide

Paper Stock and Sizes

View paper specifications

Finishing Services

  • Single to Double Sided - reduces paper consumption
  • Double Sided to Double Sided
  • Collating & Stapling
  • Cutting & Trimming - custom cut to desired finished size
  • Laminating - sizes from 3" x 2.5" to 15" x 20"
  • Hole Punching - up to three holes, any position
  • "Fastback" Binding - up to 375 sheets of 20lb paper
  • GBC (Spiral) Binding - up to 100 sheets
  • Printed Binding Strips - name your document
  • Clear Covers Folding - View folding examples (pdf)
  • Note Pads - 4-UP pads or custom sizes - View Pad sample (pdf)

Copyright Issues

Photocopying of copyrighted material in the Rapid Copy Center will be done in accordance with the Fair Use Criteria of the Copyright Act. The following guidelines will be used to assist center staff in determining the minimum standard of educational fair use for copying materials protected by copyright. The University at Albany will not accept liability for duplication of copyrighted material if the request exceeds what can be reasonably considered educational fair use.

Guidelines can be separated into three categories:

  • Classroom Use
  • Personal Research Use
  • Duplication Requiring Permission

Classroom Use (Books and Periodicals)

Classroom guidelines allow a teacher to distribute photocopied material to students in a class, without obtaining prior permission to make multiple copies from a copyright owner under the following conditions:

  1. The distribution of the same photocopied material does not occur every semester
  2. Only one copy is distributed to each student and the copy becomes the student's property
  3. The material includes a copyright notice on the first page of the material
  4. No charge is made for the copy beyond the actual cost of reproduction

In addition to these considerations, the amount of material distributed should not exceed certain brevity standards:

  1. For PROSE - a work can be copied in its entirety if it is less than 2,500 words in length. If the work is longer, it should not exceed 10% of the work, whichever is less.
  2. For POETRY - 250 words is the suggested limit
  3. For ILLUSTRATIONS - one is the rule of thumb
  4. Considerations of spontaneity and cumulative effect:
    • Copying done at the instance and inspiration of the individual faculty member
    • Decision to use the material for teaching effectiveness does not allow sufficient time to request permission prior to use
    • The material is for only one course
    • The copying is not done repeatedly for the same material
    • There are not more than nine separate instances of multiple copying for one course during the class term

Personal Research Use

At the very least, faculty may make a single copy of any of the following for scholarly research or for use in teaching or preparing to teach a class:

  1. A chapter from a book
  2. An article from a periodical or newspaper A short story, short essay, or short poem, whether or not from a collective work
  3. A chart, diagram, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper

Duplication Requiring Permission

  1. Repetitive Copying: classroom use of photocopied material in multiple courses or successive years will normally require advance permission from the copyright owner
  2. Copying for Profit: faculty should not charge students more than the actual cost of photocopying the material
  3. Consumable Goods: the duplication of works that are consumed in a classroom, such as standardized tests, exercises and workbooks, normally require permission from the copyright owner
  4. Creation of Anthologies as Basic Text Material for a Course: creation of collective work or anthologies by photocopying a number of copyrighted articles and excerpts to be purchased and used together as a basic text for a course will in most instances require the permission of the copyright holders. Such photocopying is more likely to be considered as a substitute for the purchase of a book and less likely to be deemed fair use.

If the center staff judge the copy request to exceed educational fair use guidelines, the requestor will be informed of this and the material returned. If the material to be copied is questionable, center staff will inform the requestor that copying of the material "may" exceed the limits of permissible copying. If the requestor still wishes to have the material copied by the center, the requestor will be asked to sign a waiver accepting personal liability for the possible infringement of fair use limits of the copyright resulting from the material being produced. The waiver will be kept by the center, the material will be copied and the requestor will be advised to write for permission from the holder of the copyright for all photocopying requests that exceed educational fair use limits.

View Copyright Waiver Form