In addition to the student mail center that is located in the LSU Student Union, LSU has its own university mail service for non-personal mail and parcel services. The LSU mail service also provides printing services for university clients.
The Postal Service's Post Office at LSU is one of a number of campus based Post Offices that the Postal Service is interested in closing. Campus based post offices are not found on all campuses as many colleges and universities have their own internal mail services that provide mailboxes for students and may operate contract stations for the Postal Service as well. For example, Macalester College, St. Thomas University, and the College of St. Catherines all operate contract stations for their college community that are also open to the public and can be found by searching for Post Offices in zip codes 55105. These campuses also have mailboxes for students that are run as a separate operation as per Postal Service contract station rules. In many instances, mail services for students and the universities also handle copying and printing needs of campus based customers.
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- charge market rates for campus mailboxes;
- integrate delivery information with e-mail and text messages to provide box holders with information about when new mail arrives;
- legally provide on-site printing services that print documents that are then delivered to a post office box as a service to students on campus;
- find the cash necessary to invest in equipment and information systems necessary to provide both print services and the links between delivery and e-mail and/or text messages; and
- expand into other mail-related back office activities that it currently cannot provide under Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act restrictions that a private sector firms like Ricoh USA, the UPS Store, and Pitney Bowes can provide.