Herbarium hours are 9 AM to 5: PM.
Arrangements may be made to use the collections outside regular hours upon
consultation with the staff. Before visiting, please contact the Herbarium (mccormickATSIGNunc.edu
or +1 919 962 6931) as teaching/research/administrative duties may require
the staff to be elsewhere and the Herbarium to be closed.
Please check with one of the Herbarium staff for orientation. We strongly
suggest that you make an appointment ahead of time to ensure that a staff
member can meet you upon your arrival.
Parking permits for the Bell Tower Parking Lot are available from Herbarium
staff. Please call 919-962-6931 several days prior to your visit to reserve a
Please sign the guest book.
No smoking, food, or beverages are permitted
inside the collections area.
In order to control herbarium pests, incoming specimens to the Vascular
Herbarium are frozen for 48 hours or more. Users of the collection who bring
specimens in with them are strongly urged to bring in material treated to
ensure that it is free of pests or to contact herbarium staff ahead of time
so we can freeze the collections and make them available for use upon
arrival. If this is not possible, please contact a member of the herbarium
staff and we will make other arrangements.
Use of the Collections:
Please close herbarium cases when not in use.
Keep specimen folders horizontal when removing them from the cases. Keep
herbarium sheets right side up; do not turn them over like pages in a book.
Material such as pollen, leaves, and wood must not be removed from herbarium
specimens without prior written consent; refer to the Destructive Sampling
Policy for details. Dissections or loose plant fragments should be put into
packets attached to the sheet. Additional packets are available from the
Visiting specialists are encouraged to annotate specimens using permanent ink
on annotation labels. Pens and labels are available from the herbarium staff.
Please provide the name of the investigator and date of annotation. Clip
annotation labels to packets or sheets and the staff will glue them.
Alternatively, leave the determinations on the top of the stack of specimens
and the staff will make and attach the annotation labels.
Specimens that you wish to have sent on loan should be set aside and labeled
with your name and institutional address. A formal written request for the
loan must be received from the director of your herbarium before the loan
will be sent.
A collection of botanical references is maintained in the main herbarium
area. Please do not remove these books without notifying the staff.
Additional references are available from the Botany Library on the 3rd floor;
see Herbarium staff for assistance.
Location of the collections:
Herbarium cases containing the vascular collections are spread among three
floors and several rooms of Coker Hall. Cases located in the hallways are
kept locked; a master key is available from the herbarium staff. Families are
arranged in the Englerian sequence. Within each family, the genera are sorted
alphabetically. Each genus is sorted into geographical regions in color-coded
folders. Within each geographic region, the species are sorted
alphabetically. Unidentified specimens are filed at the end of each category.