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Access and Loans

Please note that Loan requests for tissue samples are currently delayed at least 2 months from the time of receipt of the request. Loans to foreign countries may take longer. Please plan accordingly as we have limited ability to expedite any requests. Thank you for your understanding. Posted Sep 2017.

Access to Collections
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Tours of facilities for UC Berkeley classes may be arranged.

Admission and use is granted to research scientists, graduate students, and other visitors with a scientific interest in the collections. Access to the collections is by appointment only. Requests to visit the collections should be made to the appropriate Curator at:


Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California
3101 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, California 94720-3160 USA

Phone: (510) 642-3567
FAX: (510) 643-8238
Loans of Specimens
Before requesting a loan, please do the following:
  • Read the policy on specimen loans.
  • Search the database to make sure the Museum has the specimens and parts (i.e. skin, skeleton, or fluid) that you require.
Specimen Loan Policy
Destructive Sampling Policy 
Query Database
Requesting Tissue Samples
Before requesting a tissue grant, please do the following:
  • Read the policy on tissue grants.
  • Search the database to make sure the Museum has the required tissue (i.e. frozen, ethanol, buffer preserved), or the correct specimen parts required (i.e. skin or skeletal material for destructive sampling).
Tissue Grant Policy
Destructive Sampling Policy
Query Database
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