What is Library Mail?


Library Mail is an inexpensive way for libraries, academic institutions, museums, nonprofits and similar organizations can send items on loan to one another. These groups can mail up to 70 pounds of books, sound recordings, academic theses and other related media at a time for one low cost. The USPS charges $3.32 for the first pound and an additional $0.63 for each additional pound up to 70 pounds.

Just like Media Mail, items sent through Library Mail cannot contain advertising or other non-media materials except for a packing slip. Items take 7 to 10 days to arrive to their final destination.

An approved licensed vendor of the USPS, Stamps.com allows you to buy and print mailing and shipping labels for all USPS mail classes using a standard ink-jet or laser printer. There is a monthly service fee of $19.99 plus applicable taxes, if any to use the service.
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How Library Mail Works

To use Library Mail, USPS requires senders to show the address or return address of a school or nonprofit organization. Some publishers can send items through Library Mail as long as they are being sent to a qualified recipient.

USPS will allow you to buy extra services for items sent through Library Mail, including insurance, USPS® Tracking, Signature Confirmation™, COD, Return Receipt, and Restricted Delivery. A certificate of mailing, which provides proof of an item sent, and special handling for fragile items is also available.

Library Mail is not available to purchase in the Stamps.com software.

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