Day Two of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Wiki uspsMany of the libraries in the CMLE system serve small and rural communities, as do many libraries across Minnesota. Wouldn’t  it be convenient to combine the great things libraries provide with the necessary services of the post office??

No need to dream about it: this already exists! (Yes: libraries are such cool places, other people want to join with us!!)

Village Post Offices

You can get their FAQs, and also find a list of post offices to use yourself!

“The U.S. Postal Service announced the concept of the Village Post Office in July 2011 as a way to continue providing convenient access to postal products and services in more rural communities across the nation.

The first Village Post Office (VPO) opened in Malone, WA, in August 2011. On Dec. 19, 2012, the100th VPO, located in Linden, IN, began operations.

  • VPOs are located within existing communities in a variety of locations, including convenience stores, local businesses and libraries, and are operated by the management of those locations.
  • VPOs offer a range of popular products and services — the ones most used by customers — including PO Boxes, Forever stamps, Pre-paid Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and a mail collection box.
  • By being located inside established businesses and other places consumers already frequent, VPOs offer Postal Service customers time-saving convenience, and in most cases, longer hours than regular Post Offices.
  • VPOs provide operators — in most cases, the local business owners — with opportunities for increased customer foot traffic and revenue, as well as providing additional services for their customers and clients.”

Here are our Minnesota Village Post Office locations – I’m not sure if any of these are in libraries, but it’s a possibility!

Badger VPO 201 N Main St Badger MN 56714 11/26/2013
Bejou VPO 218 Hwy 59 Bejou MN 56516 4/22/2014
Brooks VPO 106 Hwy 59 S Brooks MN 56715 11/22/2013
Buckman VPO 9394 Hwy 25 Buckman MN 56317 12/1/2013
Fifty Lakes VPO 40447 Town Hall Rd Fifty Lakes MN 56448 7/25/2014
Miltona VPO 233 Main St Miltona MN 56354 10/22/2014
Plummer VPO 131 Central Ave E Plummer MN 56748 3/15/2013
Red Lake Falls VPO 405 Bridge St Red Lake Falls MN 56750 5/15/2014
Rothsay VPO 106 2nd St SW Rothsay MN 56579 4/28/2014
Vergas VPO 105 E Main St Vergas MN 56587-0219 6/21/2013
Wahkon VPO 104 N Main Wahkon MN 56386 10/23/2014