|Herbarium Use Policy
The University of South Florida (USF) Herbarium facility is primarily
for teaching and research by the USF faculty, staff, and students.
In addition, the facilities are open for systematic research (e.g.
monographic, floristic, revisionary studies) by individuals associated
with other universities and research institutions on a reciprocal
| Researchers conducting projects specifically related
to plant systematics are encouraged to use the collections. Initially,
such researchers must contact the Director
or Curator for permission to use
the collections. Standard and common sense care for the specimens
must be maintained at all times, including but not limited to the
- Persons working with the collection will be expected to fully
understand its organization.
- Specimens must be properly refiled. If there is any question
about the positioning of material, it should be refiled by herbarium
- Sheets are to be handled with care. Do not bend, break, or tear
the sheets, and do not turn them face down.
- Under no circumstances is material to be removed from a specimen
without permission. Permission is also required for dissection
of plant parts.
- Loose plant pieces known to have detached from a particular
sheet are to be placed in the associated fragment packet. If the
sheet has no fragment packet, or is otherwise in need of repair,
it should be brought to the attention of Herbarium personnel.
- Evidence of insect damage is to be reported at once.
- Investigators are encouraged to properly annotate the specimens.
Annotations, in permanent ink or typewritten, should be made on
labels of approximately 2.5 x 10 cm, and should bear, at least,
the accepted name of the taxon, the name of the investigator,
and the date (at least the year) of the identification
|Individuals not doing specific research work in plant
taxonomy and wishing to take information from herbarium specimens
will be allowed to do so on a limited basis under supervision and
by appointment. Requests for supervised use of the collection will
be evaluated on an individual basis. The Herbarium reserves the right
to charge fees for this service.
|Various companies or agencies
and individuals not part of USF and not involved in systematic research
will be assessed a standard usage fee of $50.00 per hour. If USF Herbarium
personnel are employed in assisting the user, an additional fee of
$10.00 per hour will be assessed. For plants brought or sent to the
Herbarium for identification, a fee of $5.00 per plant will be charged.
Fees collected are used to maintain the facilities. Use of the Herbarium
is by prior arrangement only and is restricted to normal working hours
(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).
|Researchers intending to use the USF Herbarium for research
are encouraged to include the use of the Herbarium in research grant
proposals. Please consult with the Director
before doing so.
|Herbarium specimens are not to be removed from the premises
without proper loan authorization and forms. Loans are made for one
year to botanical institutions or departments engaged in taxonomic
research. Ordinarily, loans are not made to individuals.
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