Loans and Policy
The ALA Herbarium encourages collabration and exchange between herbaria as well as individuals that are interested in arctic and panarctic flora. Below are links that provide detailed information pertaining to loans as well as visiting researchers.
All incoming plant material must be fumigated (which means being frozen at -40\xb0C for 48 hours) before being brought into the Herbarium. Therefore visitors wishing to compare and identify their specimens using our resources must first submit their specimens for freezing a minimum of two working days in advance.
No specimens, books, or reprints can be removed from the Herbarium without the approval of the Curator. Visitors wishing to borrow specimens from our collection are encouraged to withdraw the specimens they are interested in. These, however, must be put aside until the Curator returns and the loan can be authorized.
We can always use help in processing herbarium specimens. The main bottleneck in processing is gluing the dried specimens to herbarium sheets. We have several thousand specimens that are identified, labeled, and ready to mount. Volunteers who work long enough to become familiar with our system can also help by filing processed specimens and entering data to the database.