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Quick Service Guide 380
Library Mail Presorted Flats
January 4, 2010
Physical Standards (301)
Maximum weight: 70 pounds.
For an overview of the physical standards for commercial flats, see Quick Service Guide 301.
Prices and Fees (383.1.0)
For a complete list of Commercial Library Mail prices, see Notice 123-Price List.
For heavier pieces, see 383.1.0.
Annual presort mailing fee: $185.00.
Generally used by qualified libraries, schools, nonprofit organizations, universities, and museums to mail specific types of Package Services matter that meet additional eligibility standards. Mailable items are limited generally to books, recordings, educational, and museum materials; advertising restrictions apply. Specific mailable items may be sent to, from, or between a school, college, university, public library, museum, herbarium, or nonprofit organization (religious, educational, scientific, philanthropic, agricultural, labor, veterans, or fraternal); any such institution, organization, or association, and an individual who has no financial interest in the sale, promotion, or distribution of the materials. Also, there are provisions for publishers to mail specified items to qualified customers.
Eligibility Standards (383.3.0)
Mailings of 300 or more addressed pieces are eligible for 5-digit and Basic prices; sorted and marked as described below.
5-digit and Basic Presorted prices are based on weight and level of presort.
Each piece must include complete delivery and return addresses with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 Code.
Each piece must show in the address or return address the name of a school, college, university, public library, museum, herbarium, or a qualified nonprofit organization (703.1.2).
Mailing items with no ancillary service endorsement obligates the mailer to pay any applicable forwarding and return postage charges at the single-piece price (507.1.5.4).
Rigid, nonrectangular, and pieces that are not uniformly thick must be prepared as parcels and pay parcel prices (383.1.3).
Postage Payment and Documentation (384)
Meter (604.4.0) or permit imprint (604.5.0).
Postage statement: PS Form 3605-R or approved facsimile.
Mail Preparation (385)
Mark each piece "Library Mail" and "Presorted" or "PRSRT" in the postage area. For optional marking locations, see 302.3.2.4.
Flat-size pieces that do not meet the physical standards in 301.1.3 and 301.1.4 must be prepared as parcels.
Enter and Deposit (386)
All meter or permit imprint, generally, at Post Office where permit or meter license is held.