Making a Purchase

How Do I Buy Things?

Stockrooms – Need instant gratification? Stop by the basements of Sabin-Reed or Ford Hall. We keep a variety of frequently-used items such as personal protection equipment, culture plates, tubing, and glassware, as well as a selection of chemicals and solvents.

What you need to do:

  • Call or Stop in during our open hours, or send an email
  • Have the information (department/fund/account) about where you would like to charge your purchases
  • If you aren’t the authorized signer for the department/fund, we’ll give you a slip to get signed. All purchases must have an authorized signature.
  • You’re good to shop! (Online Inventory List – Coming Soon!)

Centralized Ordering – You fill out a requisition and we do the rest. Checking for the best prices, dealing with the vendors, and making sure it’s delivered on time. It’s all part of the service we provide. Need a quote for some equipment or an especially large consumables order? Not sure where to find something? We can help point you to some vendors who can provide what you’re looking for. 

What you need to do:

  • Requisitions can be found here for download. Please fill out all highlighted areas and either you can bring us a signed physical copy, or you or your authorized signer can email it to us from your/their Smith email account.
  • We’ll let you know if there’s a pricing problem or if something’s on backorder
  • Not sure where to find what you want or how much it is? We’re here to help with that too! We have all the contracts and pricing agreements and we know where to look so you get the most out of your funding.

Have more questions? Don’t hesitate to call, email, or stop by!