Materials Management

Central Receiving

Central Receiving is located in the south end of the Dorland Building and serves as NIU's central location for:

  • accepting daily shipments for the NIU campus
  • processing all parcels and preparing them for shipment to university departments
  • shipping return items to vendors

Return Procedure

Your department is responsible for obtaining a return authorization from the vendor and arranging pick-up from Central Receiving with the carrier. Once this has been done, and if needed, you may contact Distribution Services to pick-up your package and deliver it to Central Receiving.

Personal Purchases Notice

The university's Central Receiving and Delivery operations function to receive and deliver items purchased with university funds for university use. As such, personal purchases by faculty and staff should not be shipped to the university as an alternative to an individual's home address.

Any packages which cannot be clearly identified by the address label may be opened in an effort to identify the addressee or may be refused and returned.