Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Found an Item

If you find a lost item on campus, turn it in to the nearest University office as soon as possible. A Penn State employee who finds a lost item should turn the item in to his or her supervisor.

The item will then be transferred to one of the lost and found repositories on campus, and the repository will enter the item into the Lost and Found Tracking System and attempt to locate the owner and return the item. If the item is not claimed within 60 days, the repository will either transfer the item to Lion Surplus so it can be returned to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (if required by law), or donate it to the Trash to Treasure program.

Certain items (food, soiled clothing, pens and pencils, and other items valued at under $25) are excluded from this process and will be disposed of immediately. For more information, see Procedure AD2001 (pdf). To be filled out by Penn State employees only.

Lost an Item

If you have lost an item on campus, contact the office or area where you believe you lost the item. The office will direct you to the appropriate lost and found repository. If you are unsure where your item was lost, send an email to lostandfound@psu.edu, describing the item lost and the location where you suspect the item was lost. You will be directed to the appropriate Repository. The repository will not release the item until you have provided enough details to identify the item.

View Policy AD13: Lost and Found Items.

View Procedure AD2001: Lost and Found Items (pdf).