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Musselman Library Services and Resources Fall 2020: Returning Borrowed Library Materials

Student Library Materials

How to Return Library Books

If you are studying remotely, you may keep your library materials for the rest of the semester.  You will not be charged overdue fines.  When you are finished with the materials, you may hold onto them until you return to campus, or you may ship them back to us.  

Option 1 - Request a pre-paid UPS shipping label

  • Send an email to with the following information:
    • Your street address (UPS won't ship to a P.O. box)
    • The weight of your library items.  Overestimating is better than underestimating, so if the weight is between two whole numbers, round up to the higher number.
  • The library will mail a pre-paid UPS shipping label to you
  • When the label arrives, pack up the items (see packing instructions in Option 2) and either arrange for UPS to pick up the package from your house or take the package to a UPS store.


Option 2 - Return items via USPS

  • Mail your materials through the post office.  Media Mail is likely the cheapest option.
    • Pack the books well for their journey through the postal system—we want them to arrive home safely!
Mail materials to:

Musselman Library, Box 420
Gettysburg College
300 N. Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Packing and shipping tips:
  • Pack books in a sturdy box. 
  • Use newspaper or other packing material to fill extra space. 
  • Smaller paperback books can be shipped (individually) in bubble mailers.  Please do NOT put more than one book in a bubble mailer.
  • Use clear packing tape to secure the box and cover the mailing label. 
  • Take to Post Office and ship Media Mail (cheapest rate)



This information was updated 9/8/2020.