GSD Mail Center -- Gund Hall Room L28
Monday - Friday, 9:00-10:30 & 3:30-4:45
Gund Hall - 11:00, 7 Sumner Road - 11:30 Holyoke - 1:45
Please note: These are target times which fluctuate due to volume.
Graduate School of Design Mail Center Guide
Please follow these guidelines for best efficiency. If you have questions on these guidelines or any other mailing matters, please feel free to call the Mail Center for further information.
Call the Mail Center at 5-4369 if you have a question. We are happy to help.
Mail Center Coordinator: Barry Harper
Department Manager: Kevin Cahill
GSD Interoffice Mail
GSD Interoffice Mail comprises all routine pickup and delivery of department to department correspondence within the GSD. It also includes the delivery of incoming and pickup, for posting, of outgoing mail. G, for Gund Hall, or SR, for 7 Sumner Road should be placed in front of room numbers to insure delivery to the correct building.
Holyoke Pickup and Delivery
A daily messenger trip is made to Holyoke Center to hand deliver letters for the Offices of the Dean, Fiscal Services, and Human Resources. If you have something to be added to the run, call the Mail Center that morning to make arrangements. We are not able to deliver large packages on the Holyoke run.
Delivery time is 1:45.
University Mail service is provided for mailings to all buildings within the university except for dormitories and mail weighing over two pounds, which must have postage added. For mailings addressed to dormitories add the following: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 02138, as you would with usual mailings.
United Parcel Service (UPS)
UPS is similar to the US Postal Service in delivery times, with the exception of the West Coast which may take one day longer. However, on packages weighing more than ten ounces UPS has lower prices. They offer Overnight Delivery of letter packages, including $100 dollars insurance at a special discounted university rate. They also offer a Second Day Air package at competitive prices. The UPS weight limit is 70 pounds, with package size no greater than 130 inches when length and girth are combined. An International Delivery Service is also available. UPS does not deliver to P. O. Boxes or military installations.
All packages going regular UPS service must be in the Mail Center by 3:00. Overnight and Second Day service must be at the Gund Hall front desk by 5:00.
United States Postal Service (USPS)
The majority of outgoing mailing is done using the USPS.
The USPS picks up GSD mail at 3:30.
- First Class service used for most correspondence
- letters not exceeding 11 ounces
- post cards: size not more than 4 1/2 by 6 inches; not smaller than 3 1/2 by 5
- Priority Mail: First Class Mail over 11 ounces
- Second Class: available only to authorized newspapers and periodicals
- Third Class: books, catalogs, and other printed matter under 16 ounces
- Fourth Class: (parcel post) books catalogs and other printed matter 16 ounces or more
- Library Class: special library rates
- Air Mail
- International Air
- International Air printed matter: does not need a customs form and costs less than regular international air
- International Surface
- Express Mail
- Next Day and Second Day Servics
Special USPS Services
Please note; these services require a special trip to the Post Office. As this is not possible at all times, call in the A.M. to check for a given day.
- Return Receipt
- Restricted Delivery
- Special Delivery/Handling
- Mail will be metered according to the class it is labeled.
With the use of this service, we can save on both delivery time and cost for departmental Overseas Mailings. The savings can vary, but average up to 20 per cent less than USPS International Air.