Curriculum Materials Center : Curriculum Design Studio

The Curriculum Materials Center is a library collection used for Pre-k through 12th grade education, including special education materials. The available resources are hands-on materials, teacher edition textbooks, leveled readers, and much more.

What and where is the design studio?

The Curriculum Design Studio is a project space located in room 302 of Peabody Library. We have die-cuts, a binder machine, and paper cutter available for use. Also be sure to check the scrap bins for discarded colored paper and youth book covers.  

How to Use the Binder Machine


Please notify the staff in the Curriculum Lab Office (Room 309AA) if questions arise during use. If no one is in the office, please see staff at the Public Services Desk.

Step 1

Set the edge guide to the desired paper size (e.g. 8.5” or 11”).

  • If you are using a cover, set the edge guide to OVERSIZED COVER.  Then for the documents, set the guide to 11” LETTER.

Step 2

Align your documents with the edge guide (according to use of cover or not) and then punch the holes by pulling the large handle toward you. 

  • Insert at most 10 sheets of regular paper at a time when punching holes.
  • If you are using heavier paper such as construction paper, cardstock or sheets that have been laminated, insert 3-5 sheets at most.

Step 3

Use the binder sizer to determine the comb size you need. 

  • Slide the sizer open, insert the documents to be bound, and then release the sizer. You will then know the size of the comb needed.  
  • Read the appropriate comb size and procure a comb from a staff member (Room 309AA).

Step 4

With the open portion facing you, place the comb behind the corresponding comb on the binder.

Step 5

Turn the bind lever toward you until the comb opens wide enough to insert your documents.

Step 6

Insert your documents.  Then turn the lever away from you to close the comb.

  • Lift the bound item up.  

Public Domain Images & Clip Art

How to Use the Die-Cut Machine

  1. Place your die, with the foam side up, directly onto the sliding tray.
  2. Place paper to be cut on top of the die.
  3. Place cutting pad on top of your cutting paper and die.
  4. Carefully push the sliding tray ino the opening of the machine until the cutting pad contacts the roller.
  5. Note the rotation of the handle and rotate it in the same direction until your die, paper, and cutting pad have passed completely through the rollers.
  6. Remove your finished die-cut shapes and scrap material

Please place any usable scraps in the scrap bin and the die away.