Departmental Binding

UNI Departments can have paper copies of theses and dissertations, as well as other office-copy books or periodicals, bound through the Regent Institutions' binding contract provider, HF Group. Houchen Bindery in Utica, NE, is where the Regents' binding requests will be processed.

Please Note: Student binding requests for their own personal copy of thesis or dissertation need to go directly to the Iowa Regents Thesis on Demand website.  Only departmental paper copies can be sent to the bindery via the Library.


Follow this procedure before sending or delivering your departmental binding requests to the Library:

  1. Fill out the HF Group binding form (PDF) for each author and/or cover color. The bindery will stamp the spine with exactly what is requested on the form, so please type the request instead of hand write it so the bindery understands exactly what you want on the spine. 
  2. You MUST include your bindery departmental account number on the binding form in order for the bindery to process your request. This can be found on the top right side of the form. If you do not know your three-digit departmental account number, please contact Jackie Williams at 3-2860 or via email at
  3. Please insert a piece of colored paper between each copy before placing in a box.
  4. Include the binding form inside on top.
  5. Send this box via campus mail to Rod Library, c/o Binding at campus mail code-3675 LIB-248. Please send your request at least two days prior to the scheduled shipment to allow staff time for preparation and packing.

The Library will send your binding request to the bindery with the next scheduled shipment. However, the bindery recently imposed a minimum number of items sent per shipment. Due to this, the Library will only have two shipments per academic year (Fall & Spring).  Please note that the Library does not send in binding requests during the summer or winter interims. The next proposed bindery pickup will be late September 2024.

When the items return from the bindery, they will be sent via campus mail back to the requesting department. The department will be invoiced directly by the bindery via email. For any changes in the departmental contact for emailed invoices, please notify Jackie Williams (ext. 3-2860) or You may also contact her with any questions or concerns with binding.

Current binding costs for Oct. 1, 2023 through Sept. 30, 2024: 

  • Theses and dissertations: $18.20
  • Book binding: $15.50
  • Periodical binding: $16.20
  • Transportation and handling fee for each invoice billed: $15.00. *May vary upon number ordered - per the bindery.
  • Additional fuel surcharge fees may apply. *If fuel exceeds over $4.00 per gallon, we will be adding an additional 1.5% fuel surcharge per invoice - per the bindery.