Sample Requests

How to request samples from the OSU MGR.

External sample requests form a large part of the workload at the Marine Geology Repository.

To obtain samples for research or museum display purposes please follow the step by step guide listed below.

Note: If you wish to request samples from the NOAA rock collection please see this page for a separate sample request sheet. This page also contains a list of all the NOAA rock collections curated at the OSU-MGR.


Step 1: Decide which samples you wish to study and request. You can find an inventory of OSU holdings on the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Website and on our collections page.

Step 2: Read and familiarize yourself with the OSU Sample Distribution Policy 

Step 3: Download and complete a Sample Request Form

Step 4: Send the completed form with appropriate documentation to the OSU MGR via e-mail.

Step 5: If you used samples hosted in our collection please acknowledge the OSU MGR during publication.

Step 6: Please send us copies (PDF’s), or links to published content that use samples hosted in our collection