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Institutional Services |Rapid Copy | Quick Copy

The Rapid Copy Center provides the University community with black and white and color quick copy service, with a one-day turn-around for most job requests, from its Business Administration building location. Charges for services are billed to the customer through the campus recharge system.

Job requests can be brought to the copy center or submitted electronically through the centers new electronic submission service, Digital Storefront. Our Digital Storefront service provides the convenience of sending a job request from your desktop as a .pdf file to the center in a digital format. To register, please click here.

When submitting a job to the Rapid Copy Center, either in person or electronically, your request should include the following information:

 Date  Account Number
 Authorized Signature  Department Name
 Phone Number  Location (Bdlg./Rm.)
 # of Originals  # of Copies
 Type of Paper Stock  Special Instructions

Rapid Copy Job Request Form

Job requests submitted without account numbers or invalid accounts will not be processed until a valid account can be confirmed with the requestor.

Depending on the size of the job and finishing requirements, some requests can be handled on a walk-up basis.

Job requests may also be sent through interagency mail to the Rapid Copy Center, Business Administration B-26. Please note on your request if you require delivery of the finished job or will be stopping by to pick the job up.

Paper Stock and Sizes

The center offers a wide variety of paper choices.  Click here for 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 - for folding examples click here
 Padding - 4-UP pads (click here for sample) or custom sizes

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:
  5. Copying done at the instance and inspiration of the individual faculty member.
  6. 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.

  1. The copying is not done repeatedly for the same material.
  2. 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.
  3. A short story, short essay, or short poem, whether or not from a collective work.
  4. 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.

Copyright Waiver Form