Material collections are primarily housed at BGS Keyworth near Nottingham. Material at the Gilmerton store, near Edinburgh, is being moved to Keyworth during 2012. However a Scottish Hydrocarbons Teaching Collection, will be located at BGS Edinburgh, with the existing Scottish biostratigraphy and petrology collections.
Loans of samples, slides, fossils etc. are regularly made from the Collections to BGS Staff, and also to bona fide academics, commercial research workers and individuals who have approved borrower status.
There is no charge to BGS staff, or bona fide academics or private individuals wishing to access the BGS Corporate Collections, unless it involves a considerable amount of staff time. (This usually means one day in the case of BGS staff, or two hours in the case of visitors). Commercial enquiries are charged as follows (all prices are subject to VAT):
In addition to this, set charges for producing samples are as follows:
All the above charges may be varied at the discretion of the Chief Curator.
Academics and private individuals are required to sign an academic waiver form stating that the work will not be used for commercial gain, otherwise they will be charged at commercial rates.
BGS staff carrying out commercial work and requiring access to the collections are legally required to cost the commercial access rates into their quotations.
Academics and private individuals signing the waiver form may use the results for commercial gain only after they have been published in full, in a recognised academic journal.
Anyone signing a waiver form and then found to have benefited from access to unpublished results will become liable to full commercial charge.