A History of Mail at Mount Holyoke

The 1919 student handbook describes the campus post office — then in Mary Lyon Hall — as “the place you will hang around the most.” In the 100 years since, the post office has been housed in several different campus locations. And while in 2019 the post office isn’t the main social hub on campus, receiving mail — and packages — remains very much a part of the student experience.

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Since the fall of 2017, all students receive mail at Auxiliary Services. Students receive an email when a letter or package is delivered to their mailbox and pick up their packages by showing their MHC OneCard.

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All first years (class of 2020) receive mail at Auxiliary Services, located on the ground floor of the Central Services Complex on Lower Lake Road. All other students still have their own P.O. box in Blanchard Hall.

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P.O. boxes move from the basement to the upper level of Blanchard Hall (in the location where the Unity Space is now).

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All mail is delivered to the College post office in the Blanchard Hall basement, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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P.O. boxes move to the basement of Blanchard Hall, where students receive mail that is not addressed to their residence hall.

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The College post office moves to the basement of Skinner Hall, where each student has a P.O. box for mail that is not addressed to a specific residence hall.

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Mail is delivered to the residence halls if it is addressed to a specific house. All other mail (including College announcements, grades and bills) goes to the post office in Mary Lyon Hall.

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The Post Office Corridor in the basement of Mary Lyon Hall contains a P.O. box for every two students to share. Mail is collected from the residence halls at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays.

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