Central Lost and Found

Please take the following links to learn more:

Lost an Item?

If you’ve lost an item, there is no need to panic! The first step is to find out where your item should be sent if found.

Where to Find Your Lost Item

Below is a list of departments where your item may be sent according to OSU Central Lost and Found Policy:

  • Box of lost and found items

    Department of Public Safety (DPS) Contact DPS

    • Receives all keys (including those for bike locks, motor vehicles, houses and buildings), wallets, purses, money, credit cards, driver’s licenses, bikes, bike parts, cell phones, computers, flash drives, medications and other non-OSU ID cards (e.g. military).
  • OSU ID Center Contact the OSU ID center
    • Receives OSU ID’s.
  • Central Lost and Found Lost Item Form
    • All other items are sent to Central Lost and Found. Please fill out the Lost Item Form and check with the building where you think you lost it. Read on for more detail.

How to Report Your Lost Item

  • Submit Via the Lost Item Form (link below)
  • Note: DO NOT make a report for items sent to DPS, ID Center, or Key Shop.

The Lost Item Form allows us to contact you once the item finds its way to the Central Lost and Found location, if it isn’t here already! The form is the fastest, most efficient way to report your lost item.

  • Tips to Report Your Lost Item

To increase the chance that your item is identified, please include sufficient detail in the description of your lost item. Vague descriptions result in items not being correctly identified.

Include: brand name, color, size, shape, model number, material (leather, plastic, fabric, metal, etc.), size, and any special features like dents, stickers, tags or labels. Example descriptions:

  • Nike/Black/Men’s Large/Fleece jacket/OSU logo on right arm.
  • Hydro Flask 32 oz/Navy Blue/with small dent at top/Portland carpet sticker/JD initials on bottom/black lid with straw closure.

Fill out the Lost Item Form

  • Call the Message Line or Email Us

If you prefer, you are welcome to call the message line at 541-737-7240. If you would like a return call please indicate in your message, include your name and contact number. Or, if you prefer, email us and be sure to include when and where you lost it with a detailed description.

Remember that if you are contacting us about a lost item, to include all the details requested on our Lost Item Form in your email or voicemail message. Thank you.

Found an Item?

For Individuals

If you have found an item, please bring it to the department or office closest to the area found. The owner will likely be looking in the area for their belonging.

To assist you with finding the lost and found locations on campus, we have provided a list of locations here.

If for some reason you cannot access or identify the closest office or building, you may take the item to Central Lost and Found, weekdays 8am – 12pm and 1-5 pm, located in the Property Services Building at 644 SW 13th St. (view on Campus Map).

For Departments

Please hold on to any turned in lost items for one week, in accordance with Central Lost and Found Policy.

Afterwards, transfer the item(s) to Central Lost and Found by filling out our recycling Service Request Form. Use the comments field to let us know how many bags, boxes or other containers we will be picking up. Please label the box/bag(s) "Lost & Found" so our crew knows what to pick-up.

Items will be picked up alongside recycling on the next day the building is serviced. Remember to allow one week to pass before filling out the form, in order to allow the owner to have sufficient time to search for the item before it is sent to Central Lost and Found.

For Custodial Staff

Please deliver items received daily to Central Lost and Found, located at the Property Services Building at 644 SW 13th St.

Contact Us

Message Line: 541-737-7240

OSU Central Lost & Found Policy

Policy Statement

Buildings and departments are required to hold onto any lost items for at least one week before transferring them to Central Lost and Found.

Central Lost and Found holds items for 30 days. If the item remains unclaimed it becomes OSU property and is sent to OSU Surplus Property. The 30-days does not account for time the item may have spent in any other location.

Items with personal information or valuables are handled by Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police. These include:

  • keys (including those for bike locks, motor vehicles, houses and buildings)
  • money
  • wallets
  • purses
  • bicycles and bike parts
  • cell phones
  • computers
  • flash drives
  • other non-OSU ID cards, i.e. military
  • medications

OSU ID Cards are handled by OSU ID Center.