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Mailing Center

The Mailing Center at The Trove is a full-service postal annex for all of your shipping and mailing needs.

The Trove entrance on Library Walk near Geisel Library. Photo by Erik Jepsen

Mailing Center Hours

Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at The Trove, excluding University holidays.

Prepaid drop-off bins for USPS, UPS and FedEx are located inside. Free face masks available for pickup.


Mailing Center is inside The Trove. The entrance to The Trove is located on the northeast corner of Library Walk, directly across from Geisel Library. View the campus interactive map for directions.


  • Mail packages and letters to U.S. and international destinations via US Postal Service.
  • Note: International packages require a computer-generated customs form. Go to:
  • Shipping of domestic packages/letters or Intl. letters using UPS or FedEx.
    • Mailing Center offers steep discounts on UPS and FedEx compared to carrier direct

Mailbox Rentals:

  • Private mailboxes (PMB) are available for 6 month or yearly rentals
    • NEW! We now have a monthly auto-pay option for your convenience! View our terms and conditions.
    • Requires two forms of identification when signing up.
    • Rental fee is $7/ month*
  • What's the difference between a PMB vs. a PO Box?
    • PMBs provide you a real street address, which is more professional than a conventional PO Box number
    • PO Boxes rented through USPS can only receive Postal Mail and USPS packages, while PMBs can accept mail and packages from all carriers, including FedEx and UPS
    • PMBs provide package arrival notifications

*Mailing Center is implementing a new rate structure, effective March 1, 2023. PMB clients with renewal dates in December 2022, January 2023, and February 2023 will be eligible for another 6 month or 1 year term on the old pricing if renewals are completed on time. 

PMB Type Auto-Pay (RECOMMENDED!) 6 Month Rental 1 Year Rental Savings
Personal $20/month $120 $240 25% cheaper than nearby competitors, including Intelligent Office, UPS STORE, PostalAnnex+, and La Jolla Mailbox Rental!
Business $30/month $180 $360

This price comparison was conducted between similar Personal Mailbox suppliers in the La Jolla area. It does not include USPS PO Box rates since USPS provides a more limited set of service offerings compared to PMB suppliers.


  • Stamps and mailing supplies are available for purchase.

Note: USPS collection boxes can be used for depositing:

  1. Domestic mail (including Priority Mail Express®) weighing 10 oz. or less or 1/2-inch in thickness or less (with postage stamps or online postage)
  2. International mail (non-technical documents only) (stamped or metered) – Meeting all of the following:
  • Weighs 10 oz. or less
  • Is 1/2-inch in thickness or less
  • Does not require a customs form

Deadlines for mail to go out the same day:

  • FedEx, FedEx Express, Express Mail: 1:00 p.m.
  • UPS Packages: 2:00 p.m.
  • Metered Mail: 2:00 p.m.
  • Regular Mail: 3:00 p.m.

Payment methods

  • Cash
  • Discover, VISA or MasterCard 
  • Personal check, made payable to U.C. Regents and with proper identification (such as a valid driver's license)
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