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Student Center Post Office Closed

The post office in the basement of the MIT Student Center has closed its doors for the summer, as of July 20. The post office is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Aug. 31.

The United States Postal Service announced the closure hastily on Friday July 10, one week prior to the closure, with a sign on the counter.

P.O. Box holders can still retrieve box mail from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Previously, the lobby was open from 7:15 a.m.

It’s not clear if the post office will return as scheduled, or if it does, whether it will stay for long. The Postal Regulatory Commission, a federal agency independent from the Postal Service itself, issued a list of post offices “under consideration for closure” last Thursday. The MIT post office is on the list, as are college post offices at Babson College, Boston College, Boston University, Tufts University, and also post offices at Logan Airport, Faneuil Hall, and Soldier’s Field.

The MIT post office operates at a loss. The Postal Service expects a $7 billion deficit in 2009.