Loans are under the control of the appropriate curator and collection manager, and authorization
will depend on such things as number of specimens requested, condition of specimens, and
likelihood of shipping without damage. You may search the Arctos database to see our available holdings or email the collection manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help in using Arctos.
How to make a loan request
Requests for loans of specimens should be on an official letterhead to the appropriate curator and collection manager and should include:
- the nature of the research
- statement of storage conditions
- agreement to nondestructive sampling, unless stated otherwise
- for students, signature of the student’s major professor.
Loans normally are for 6 months and may be renewed. Storage of loan material must meet professional standards and all loan material MUST be kept in a designated loan area.
Requests for destructive sampling is decided on a case by case basis. Letters requesting destructive sampling must explain why destructive sampling is necessary and give evidence that the researcher has experience with the requested procedures.