FAQ

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What is the mission of Bio-Link / CCSF Depot?

 Our mission is to present the largest quantity of the most useful biotech supplies to the largest possible number of teachers in Northern California. We want to make sure schools have the tools to train their students, and to Provide this service for free.

How can I help the Bio-Link Depot in its mission?

The best thing you can do to help the depot is to Volunteer. We need people with expertise to help sort and inventory shipments. We need muscle to help move shipments, and we especially need teachers and departments with trucks. Volunteers naturally get better access to biotech lab supplies. 

 You can also pass on the word to Bay Area companies that have surplus equipment. Nearly every company is short on space and and holding gear in storage. 

The next best thing you can do for us is to document the type and value of any supplies or equipment you receive on a spreadsheet. We have a huge volume of items going in and out, but we need documentation.

And you can volunteer your expertise as assistance!

Who does the Bio-Link Depot represent?

The Bio-Link Depot is represented by City College of San Francisco and Bio-Link. 

Who qualifies for free donated equipment and how do I apply for access?

Anyone affiliated with an educational institution in Northern California qualifies. We also encourage teachers to bring a valid school ID whenever they come to visit. 


How much equipment can we take if we qualify?

We encourage you to take as much as you need to equip your classes and research, as long as you leave some behind for others. Take what you need, not what you can carry!

Can recipients give donations?

Yes, recipients can donate. We encourage Teachers and Institutions that have more gear than they need to give it to us, and we will donate it to other Recipients

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What types of equipment and supplies do you distribute?

The answer is a huge variety of equipment and supplies. See our page of past Donations of equipment stock.

How can we get to the Bio-Link Depot?

We are located on North Access Road at San Francisco Airport off Highway 101 . See Location Page for directions.

Does the Bio-Link Depot provide transportation for equipment?

We do provide pickup of equipment from Donors, but recipients of free supplies must provide their own lift.
 

Can I request specific items rather than just take what’s available?

Yes, you can. Just look at our Wish List page and find out how to post requests.
 

At The Bio-Link Depot, we've done our best to create a Web site that anticipates and satisfies our customers' needs. With that goal in mind, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question here, contact us at dcollins@ccsf.edu or call us at (650) 821-0112