The Museum offers for loan a variety of zoological specimens and a series of kits featuring items of historical, archaeological and geological significance. This program is a valuable resource to Central Michigan University faculty and students, as well as primary and secondary school educators and students. These loan materials provide access to a wide range of specimens and artifacts, many of which are generally unattainable. Special kits may be requested and prepared, but the following prepared kits are available for loan:
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 five days' 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.