How to Request a Loan

bird collection

To Request an Educational Loan

Specimens may be loaned from the University of Montana Zoological Museum to enhance the educational experience of students of all ages. In order to request an educational loan, first review the UMZM Loan Conditions. If you are able to fulfill these loan conditions, prepare a loan request that includes the following:

  1. The species, number of individuals and types of specimen (skin, skeletal, live mount, horn mount) you are interested in borrowing.
  2. The proposed dates for the loan.
  3. A brief description of how the specimens will be used in an educational capacity; address how the inclusion of specimens will provide additional value to the student experience.
  4. A description of how you will meet the loan conditions including how you will transport and store the specimen.

Educational loans will be evaluated by the curator based on the merit of the request and the availability of specimens from the UMZM Bird and Mammal Teaching Collections.

To Request a Research Loan

Specimens, including skins, skeletal material or tissue, may be requested from the University of Montana Zoological Museum for research purposes. In order to request a research loan, review the UMZM Loan Conditions. If you are able to fulfill these loan conditions, write a loan request that includes the following:

  1. A list of individuals and their respective parts you are interested in borrowing. This list can be prepared by searching UMZM online at Arctos. All research specimens and their associated data including parts saved (skin, skeletal, tissue, hair) are available through the collections UMZM:Mamm and UMZM:Bird on Arctos. Contact the curator with any informal questions about UMZM specimens prior to your formal loan request.
  2. The proposed dates for the loan.
  3. A brief research proposal that outlines the essential research question, the methods you plan to use to address this question, and how UMZM specimens will fit into your overall sampling scheme.
  4. A description of how you will meet the loan conditions, including how you will transport and store the specimen.
  5. Any request from an undergraduate or graduate student must include written approval from your principal advisor.

Research loans will be evaluated by the curator based on the merit of the request and the availability of specimens. Destructive loan requests for tissue, toepads etc. will be reviewed by a panel including the curator and affiliated UM research biologists; destructive sampling is only permitted with written approval from UMZM.

Plan to submit your loan request at least two weeks prior to the date which you need the specimens; allow more time if your request includes (1) shipping, (2) destructive sampling, or (3) more than 20 individuals.

Submit loan requests to umzm@mso.umt.edu or using the UMZM contact form on our website.