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The United States Postal Service (USPS) provides the most comprehensive variety of services available for your department’s money. Approximately 90% of outgoing university mail is sent through the USPS and most incoming mail is picked up at the Monmouth Post Office by Mail Services staff every morning. Below is a general overview of the types of services offered by the USPS; for more details please contact Mail Services at 88-383 or visit www.usps.com

Please note that the prices below are new as of January 27th, 2014.

First Class   Priority Mail   Special Services   Media & Library Rate
envelope   priority   special Services   books

First Class

First-Class Mail is a fast and affordable service for envelopes and packages weighing up to 13 oz. Delivery is in 3 days or less. It’s perfect for correspondence, bills, and light merchandise.


• Delivery within 3 days in most cases

• Our best priced service for mail up to 13 oz

• Can be combined with extra services to confirm delivery

Postcards from 34¢. *
1 oz letters are 49¢.*

*Meeting the criteria for postcard/letter price

A note regarding the "Forever" stamp. This stamp is worth the face value of a regular, first class stamp at the time of mailing, regardless of when the stamp was purchased. This does not mean that the value of the stamp covers anything that you want to mail, regardless of weight or dimensions. Please consult with your local post office to ensure that your mail is not delayed or returned to you because of insufficient postage!

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Priority Mail

Priority mail is a class required for parcels weighing more than 13 ounces and an option for anything weighing less than 13 ounces, but requiring speedy (although not overnight) delivery.


Priority mail guarantees delivery in 3-5 business days, but often delivers as quickly as 1 or 2 depending on the distance between locations. Additional special tracking services such as Signature Confirmation™, Insurance, and others may be available for this class at additional charge.


• Delivery within 2 days in most cases

• Saturday delivery and residential delivery at no extra cost

• The only 2-day service that delivers to mailboxes, mail slots, and PO Boxes

Calculate prices here!

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Special Services (Domestic)

The US Postal Service offers many different "extra" services for your mail; some of the most commonly used at Western are listed below. Need a service that isn't listed here, or have questions about how these services work? Just call Mail Services for more information.

Please note that special services often have restrictions and might have to be combined with other services to be used. Please contact Mail Services at 88-383 or click here for more detailed information at the USPS website.

Registered Mail ™

Registered items can be insured for up to $25,000; only available on Priority or First Class mail

From $11.95


Covers loss or damage up to $5000

From $2.10

Signature Confirmation ™

Require a signature and track an item’s delivery

From $2.90

Certified Mail ™

Requires signature for delivery, only available on Priority or First Class mail


Return Receipt

Get proof an item was delivered with a postcard showing the recipient’s signature, must be combined with Certified or Registered mail


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Library & Media Services

The postal service offers more cost efficient ways of sending different types of educational materials such as books, visual and audio recordings and research articles through Library Mail and Media Mail (formerly known as "Book Rate").

Library Mail is a service for mailing items on loan from or mailed between academic institutions, public libraries, museums, and other qualified organizations. Content is limited to books, sound recordings, academic theses, and certain other items. Advertising restrictions apply.

Media Mail shipping is a cost-effective way to send educational materials. This service has restrictions on the type of media that can be sent including a restriction on sending video games and digital drives.


• Delivery in 2-8 days

• A cost effective way of sending bound, academic and educational materials

• Can be combined with select special services to track progress and delivery time

• May be subject to examination by postal staff to determine if the right price has been paid. If the package is wrapped in a way that makes it impossible to examine, it will be charged the First-Class rate.

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WOU Mail Services (503) 838-8383 | or e-mail: balesa@wou.edu

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