USPS (United Postal Services)

Mail Delivery

All Faculty and Staff boxes will remain at the current location, which is the 1st floor of Dobson Center. These boxes are accessed by key. You will need to use the key provided to check your mail daily. If keys are needed, please send a request to Sally @ sgriffith@limestone.edu.  

Generally, mail arrives at the Campus Mail Center between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. each day. After the mail is delivered it may take the Mail Center approximately one to two hours to sort and distribute, depending on the amount and the time of year. After the mail is sorted, it will be delivered to the faculty/staff mailroom on the 1st floor of Dobson Center and placed in the mailboxes.  

Outgoing USPS

All outgoing mail is sent out from from the Campus Mail Center, located in the Library & Student Center, at 3:30 p.m. Please make sure you allow plenty of time for mail to be metered. Mail brought to the Campus Mail Center before 3:30 p.m. will be processed for the afternoon mail run. Any mail brought after 3:30 p.m. will be sent out the next business day.

Outgoing mail can also be sent out from the mail drop box located at the faculty/staff mail room located in Dobson Center.  The mail in the drop box will be picked up at 1:00 p.m. each day. Any mail placed in the drop box after 1:00 p.m. will be sent out the next business day.   Any mail that is time sensitive will need to be brought to the Campus Mail Center after 1:00 p.m. each day to ensure that it is mailed out that day. For the best possible service remember to address properly. Include your name or department on all outbound mail to ensure proper departmental charges.

Special Handling

Mail that requires special handling, such as express mail and certified mail, needs to be brought to the Campus Mail Center and handed to a clerk. Please do not drop mail requiring special handling in the drop box unless it is clearly marked for special services.

 

Preparing Mailings


Return Address

Your return address is very important. The return address is how we bill your postage. “Limestone University, 1115 College Drive” is not sufficient; the department name or the name of the individual mailing the letter must be on the envelope. This will speed up the delivery of your mail. If it is unclear who is sending the mail piece, we will be forced to open the letter and return it to sender to be re-addressed.

Non-Limestone Related Mail

Charging personal mail to Limestone College accounts is not permitted. For personal mail, postal stamps may be purchased, and packages mailed at any time during normal business hours, on a cash-only basis.

Outgoing Metered Mail: If you have more than 10 pieces of outgoing mail, please wrap it with a rubber band. Not only does that help the Mail Center in sorting of the mail, it eliminates risk of campus mail being metered and mailed out, saving both time and money. International mail should be kept separate as is requires more than the regular first-class postage. If you would like your pieces to be sealed, the flaps must be down and the insert must be completely in the envelope (we can only seal letter-size envelopes). The sealing process of the machine does not always seal well, so if you have a large mailing, the Mail Center would suggest hand-sealing the letters. If you choose to use the Mail Center’s sealer, we cannot be responsible for the envelopes not being sealed properly.

Size: Make sure the size of your letter fits the size of the envelope. When you over-stuff an envelope there is a greater risk of the envelope ripping and losing your letter. Remember, if it does not fit, don’t force it. Also, check the address showing on the window envelopes to make sure the complete address is showing or else it will be returned by the post office. This procedure will save time and money. The size of a letter or postcard will determine how much your mail piece will cost. The minimum size of a postcard is 3½ inches by 5 inches. The maximum size is 4¼ inches by 6 inches. Anything over that size will be posted at first-class letter rate. 

Packages

Shipping Packages

The Campus Mail Center will process all package shipments for departments. We will send these packages the most economical way unless instructed to ship using a certain carrier. The shipping carriers used by the Campus Mail Center are USPS, UPS, Federal Express and FedEx Ground. UPS, Federal Express, and FedEx Ground do not have a scheduled pick-up time at the Campus Mail Center; therefore, pick-up times are scheduled based on the time of day the package is received. Please keep in mind that same-day pickup service is not always available. The earlier the Mail Center receives your package for shipment, the better the chances of getting the same day pickup. USPS packages are taken to the post office daily at 3:30 p.m.

Receiving Packages

Beginning with the Fall 2021 semester, the Campus Mail Center will be located in the Library & Student Center.  We will be implementing the use of Smart lockers for package pick-up. When a package is received, it will be scanned and placed in a locker for pickup.  You will receive an email with an access barcode that can be scanned at the kiosk, which is located within the locker bank.   Once the access barcode is scanned, the locker door that contains the package will open and you can retrieve the package.  The process will work the same as Amazon, Walmart, or other similar package pickup systems. There will be a time limit placed on the locker use.  If a package is not retrieved from the locker within 72 hours of receipt, it will be removed from the locker and you will then have to pick up through the window at the Mail Center during regular operating hours, thus limiting the times that it can be picked up.

Large packages that do not fit into one of the smart lockers will be held in the mail center and must be picked up in person during regular operating hours.

Mail Center Hours of Operations:
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Locker Access Hours:  
Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m. until 12 a.m.   
Friday-Saturday, 6 a.m. until 2 a.m.