The herbarium is typically available Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. However, as research and/or classes often take place in the herbarium, one should call or e-mail the director ahead of time to assure that space will be available during a specific time.
1) All new specimens must be frozen before being placed in the general herbarium collection. Specimens may be kept in the half-cabinet labeled "Specimens to be Frozen" until they are placed in the freezer for at least 72 hours.
2) Specimens are dry and fragile. They are mounted on paper that is flexible and should not be bent. The sheets should be kept flat. When carrying specimens, support the stack on a sheet of cardboard.
3) Folders should not be leafed through by turning sheets like the pages in a book. Instead, they should be lifted one at a time and put aside.
4) Heavy objects, elbows, books, coffee cups, and so forth must not be placed on the specimens.
5) Specimens should be studied only with a long-armed microscope to avoid bending the sheets.
6) Immediately report any evidence of insect damage to the director.
7) Do not write on the herbarium specimens, unless officially annotating them.
8) Do not write in or on the library books.
9) Clean tables and floor of all plant and/or soil debris before leaving.
10) When finished with the herbarium, make sure that all cabinet doors are closed.