Due to the ongoing move of our collections to new spaces, we have discontinued loans of our specimens until mid February 2018. We will resume our normal loaning process after that time. Please contact us at cmuseum@cmich.edu if you have any questions. Thank you.

Biological Collections:

Click on the list below to see which items are available for loan:Specimen loans may be reserved in the following manner: (Please allow two we eks for your request to be processed)


The following guidelines have been established to protect museum collections and to assure their availability to all users.  Your cooperation is appreciated and will help us meet the needs of everyone.

  • Acquiring a Loan:  At least two weeks advance notice is required to reserve a collection.  All loans will be picked up and returned by the loanee or their designee.
  • Zoology loans:  Animal specimens are loaned as study skins (encapsulated or in tubes) or spirits (specimens preserved in alcohol).
  • Duration of Loans:   All loans can be arranged for a maximum of one week.  Loans needed for longer periods may be arranged based on special needs and availability.
  • Care of Collections:  Loaned collections must be made secure when not in use, preferably locked up, when the instructor leaves the building for the day.  Loaned collections are the responsibility of the loanee and should be supervised and handled properly.  Avoid extreme cold and heat! Fluctuations of temperature are damaging to the collections (especially historical). Keep zoological collections (birds and mammals) out of reach of pets.  Lids on encapsulated zoological specimens should not be removed.