Amazon is expanding its campus pickup program to the University of Pennsylvania.

The online retailer plans to open a staffed location on Penn's University City campus this spring, where students can retrieve or return items purchased from Amazon.

The center, called Amazon@Penn, will be located in the university's 1920 Commons dining hall.

Amazon has been working to increase its footprint on college campuses, where students often shop for textbooks and other items online.

Members of the company's Amazon Student and Prime programs will get free same-day pickup at the location for orders placed by noon and free one-day pickup for items ordered by 10 p.m., the company said.

Marie Witt, Penn's vice president of business services, said in a statement that Amazon@Penn would bring "enhanced convenience and security" for students who order items online. Nearly half of packages delivered to on-campus mail rooms are from Amazon, officials said.

Similar pickup spots are already operating at or near four other colleges, with additional locations planned for two University of California campuses later this year.