Generally, loans are available to qualified specialists with institutional associations, although the director and curator may make exceptions (e.g. recognized amateurs and specialists without institutional affiliations). The following statement is on our loan forms, a copy of which all borrowers sign and return to acknowledge receipt:
Our loans are standardly for a period of four years at the end of which time a loan extension request or the return of the specimens is expected. All type material is to be returned. All identified specimens and all type specimens designated from material originating from the Insect Research Collection are to be returned. Also, please return all unidentified specimens, marking (e.g. small colored card on bottom of pin) any desired for retention. These will be considered for return to you. Reprints of any publications resulting from work with these specimens would be much appreciated additions to our museum’s literature collection. Acknowledgement of this collection in such publications is expected.