NCBS Research Collections are open to all researchers irrespective of their affiliation, nationality, and past contributions to the Collections. Visitors who have recently contributed to the Collections may access the Collections for research projects free of cost. Other visitors will be charged a nominal bench fees. All properly registered visitors will have access to the Research Collections for pre-approved research projects, in addition to resources and equipment such as pinning boards, drying ovens, microscopes, dissection instruments, chemical reagents, camera equipment and desktop computers. Curatorial assistance will be provided. Those who may not be able to pay the bench fees are encouraged to contribute specimens, posters, help with curation, and other helpful work that makes this facility better for the entire community.

Visits to the NCBS Research Collections are by prior appointment only. Potential visitors are expected to contact the Facility In-Charge in advance by email to fix an appointment, and are required to submit a standard form for the usage of the facility, including agreement about copyright.