The Museum accepts requests for loans and exchanges of specimens by specialists and other researchers as are needed in the conduct of taxonomic and taxonomy-related researches. It also sponsors for its staff loan requests to other museums in the Philippines or abroad.

  1. All transactions are done on institution-to-institution basis; individual communications addressed to museum specialists must be channeled to and kept on file in the Office of the Director.
  2. The request must state the group(s) desired and the purpose and approximate duration of the study for which one request is made.
  3. Duration of loans varies with the Sections but in general a maximum of six (6) months is allowed.
  4. Part of undetermined material on loan may be retained but the borrower upon prior arrangement with the Museum. However all holotypes and allotypes of new taxa founded upon such material must be returned and deposited with the museum.
  5. Types are loaned out only in batches of a few specimens at a time. Loans by UPLB students in systematics are charged to their major professors.
  6. Proper packaging, handling, and protection from pests and excessive moisture must be made for all borrowed material. Postal insurance is required for type specimens.
  7. The Museum of Natural History must be acknowledged in all publications resulting in part of in whole from the study of material loaned therefrom. At least five (5) reprints of the publications should be sent to the Museum Director.

For inquiries on our specimen loan procedure, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer M. Niem
2022 Coordinator for Collections Management
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