How to Request a Loan

bird collection

Educational Loans

The UMZM provides specimens to enhance the educational experience of students of all ages. To request an educational loan, first review the UMZM Loan Conditions and contact the curator with any questions or concerns. If you are able to meet these conditions, prepare a loan request that includes the following information:

  1. The species, number of individuals, and types of specimens (e.g., skin, skeleton, skull, live mount, horn mount) you are interested in borrowing.
  2. The proposed dates for the loan retrieval and return.
  3. A brief description of how the specimens will be used.  Describe the settling, student ages, amount of hands-on activity, and how the use of specimens will provide value to the student experience.
  4. A brief description of how you will meet the relevant UMZM Loan Conditions, particularly how you will transport, store, and protect the specimens from damage.

Educational loan requests 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.

Please allow at least 2 weeks for loan processing.

Submit loan requests to umzm@mso.umt.edu.

Research Loans

The UMZM provides specimens including skins, skeletal material, tissues, and parasites, for research purposes. Specimens available for research loans are searchable online at Arctos through UMZM:Mamm and UMZM:Bird.

Review the UMZM Loan Conditions prior to making your request. If you are able to meet these conditions, prepare a loan request including cover letter and specimen list with the following information:

  1. Your name, institutional mailing address, email address, and phone number.  Students and postdocs should make requests through their adviser or primary investigator.
  2. A summary of the research question(s), methods, type of data you expect to gather, and, if applicable, to which databases the data will be deposited (e.g., GenBank, MorphoSource, Dryad).  Include co-authors, affiliations, and funding source.  The UMZM may edit and post this summary on our website or other public media to illustrate research supported by our collections.
  3. Destructive or consumptive requests must include explicit details regarding the amount and nature of material required, degree of expected damage to the specimens, and, if applicable, whether the borrower or the UMZM is tasked with destructive sampling.
  4. A list of specimens and parts you would like to borrow or sample, and how UMZM specimens fit into your overall sampling scheme. Indicate if there is taxonomic or geographic flexibility in the particular specimens that would meet the project needs.
  5. A statement agreeing to acknowledge the UMZM and specimens by GUID, as outlined in the UMZM Loan Conditions.
  6. A UPS or FedEx account number to which shipping may be charged. Please note if this is a prohibitory cost, and the UMZM may elect to cover it.

Research loan requests will be evaluated by the curator based on the merit of the request and the availability and condition of specimens.

Please allow at least 4 weeks for loan processing.

Submit loan requests to umzm@mso.umt.edu.