Central Stores

Central Stores is responsible for the selling of items to the university for use by campus departments. Central Stores responsibilities include:

  • Selling office supplies to university departments
  • Selling commodities for Building and Food Services
  • Maintaining open orders with vendors for non-stock office supply items
  • Storing several forms, pamphlets, booklets and envelopes used by departments
  • Holding and Destroying Finance, Facilities, and Operations archives

Campus Standard for Personal Heaters:

Central Stores carries a radiant heater that is the campus standard for personal heaters. These heaters are low energy heaters and are safe when accidentally left on. This is the only personal heater that is available through Central Stores.

Office Supply Surplus

Throughout the year Central Stores accumulates office supplies for various reasons and these items cannot be placed into our stock. The items we collect are mostly in new condition and can be useful to a department. Items are at no charge to departments, but the items must be used for University business purposes and items are not for personal use. 

Twice per year we will open up this surplus area to University employees to browse the selection of items. You will be able to choose items for your department to use and they will be available on a first-come/first-served basis. You will need to sign for the items before you leave Materials Management. If our stock is depleted, we will post an announcement on the Central Stores webpage at http://www.niu.edu/MaterialsMgt/centralstores/index.shtml

Opportunities for surplus office supplies: 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015; 8:00 am – 11: 30am

Thursday, August 6, 2015; 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday, August 11, 2015; 8:00 am – 11: 30am

Thursday, August 13, 2015; 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday, January 5, 2016; 8:00 am – 11: 30am

Thursday, January 7, 2016; 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday, January 12, 2016; 8:00 am – 11: 30am

Thursday, January 14, 2016; 1:00pm – 4:00pm 


We ask that you enter the Dorland Building at the south entrance by Receiving. Someone from Property Control or Central Stores will be in that area to assist you. Materials Management is a working warehouse with active material handling equipment moving about the building, so for your safety we ask that you do not wander around the warehouse without a Materials Management employee. The nearest “blue” permit parking lot is located by the water tower and Human Resource Services. 

Please contact Keenon Darlinger at 753-6274 with any questions about non-stock or in-stock product availability, pricing, or departmental billings.