Loan Policy and Procedure
Many of the specimens in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology collections are available for loan. Requests that result in permanent alteration or damage to our specimens are not "Loan Requests". Please refer to the section "Requesting Specimens for Sampling, Analysis or Special Preparation" for instructions related to requesting specimens for these purposes.
Specimens may be lent for research, for identification or for formal exhibition. For research loans an eligible BORROWER must be a permanent professional research employee at a recognized academic institution (as determined by us). Loans to others (e.g., students, fellows, visitors, emeriti) must be requested on their behalf by an eligible BORROWER. Loans are shipped only to the BORROWER’S facility and may not be removed from those premises, even temporarily. The BORROWER is responsible for the proper care and timely return of specimens. Notification that a loan has been shipped may be sent to the BORROWER's supervisor, department chairman or the head of the institution. We do not make personal loans, nor do we ship loans to personal or non-institutional addresses. Specimens from the permanent, accessioned collections are not lent for classroom use. Evaluation and approval/denial of loans are governed by our collection policies and collection management procedures. All loan requests are reviewed by the Curator with the relevant collection oversight. Loan requests that involve rare, delicate or unique specimens may be referred to the Invertebrate Zoology Collection Committee (IZCC) for further review before a final decision to approve or deny the request is made. The borrower may be required to submit a formal facilities report as part of the loan application process. In making this decision we consider:
How To Request Permission to Sample, Analyze or Make a Special Preparation on Department of Invertebrate Zoology Specimens in Your Custody
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