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Frequently Asked Questions
The following section should help provide answer to some of the more common questions we are asked about our range of library supplies.  If this doesn't help to  answer your question, please don't hesitate to contact us.

What width of book covering do I need?
Which covering is best for my requirements?
Do you supply the public?
Do I have to order a minimum quantity?  Is there an extra charge for small orders?
What is the difference between PVC and polypropylene?
What tools or equipment will I need to cover my books?
Do you print book covers / repair old books?

What width of book covering do I need?
For Centurion, Pro-Lene and Plascote, you will need to have enough to cover the book with enough overhang so that the material can be folded around the edges. So, for a 250mm book, you would require at least a 300mm wide covering.

 For Unifold and Profold the stated width is the maximum height of the book that can be covered.  For example, a book that is 250mm tall will be covered by a roll of 250mm Unifold or Profold.  Both of these dust jacket sleeving type coverings can also be adjusted to suit books of any smaller size.

Which Covering is best for my requirements?
To work out which covering materials you need, click here to visit our information page on this subject.  If you have any further questions, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements.

Do you supply the public?

Yes!  Our direct sales are a growing aspect of our business, and we are delighted to deal with all enquiries.  We have no minimum quantities, and no extra charge for handling of small orders.  Click here for more information.

Do I have to order a minimum quantity? Is there an extra charge for small orders?
No, there is neither a minimum order or a surcharge for handling of smal orders.  We regularly supply individuals who are looking for premium quality covering materials, but only need enough for a small number of books.

What is the difference between PVC and polypropylene?
PVC is the most common plastic used in book covering materials, and has been used for many years.  We sell this as Centurion, and use it in our Unifold dust jacket sleeving.

Polypropylene is more commonly used by those needing to ensure longevity of the books.   We sell this as Pro-Lene and also use it for making Unifold.

 Both of these plastics have different handling characteristics.  PVC is generally considered to be easier to fold and to conform to the shape of a book more readily, while polypropylene is usually a little more rigid, resists folding and never fully conforms to the shape of a book.

Sometimes PVC will stick to itself slightly, particularly in warmer weather.  Polypropylene is well known for it's non stick characteristics, in fact it is difficult to glue and even permanent marker can be removed from it, giving it superior life and resistance to damage and marking.

Polypropylene is also acid free, and is considered to be an archival plastic.  PVC is known to have a low level of acidity but we do not consider it harmful to a normal book.




What tools or equipment will I need to cover my books?
Minimum equipment required :
Profold, Pro-Lene, Centurion or Unifold : Scissors, adhesive tape
Profold Plus or Unifold Pro : Scissors
Plascote: Scissors or sharp knife & cutting board.
Flexicote : Scissors or sharp knife & cutting board

Additional equipment you may find useful
A ruler, a cutting board, a signmaker's squeegee.


Do you print book covers / repair old books?
At this time we don't offer such a service.   A bookbinder should be able to offer you a repair service or point you in the right direction.

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