Just as uses of the herbarium vary greatly, users of the Valdosta State University Herbarium are highly variable. The primary purpose of this collection is to document the flora of the Georgia coastal plain. Specimen loans are sent out by mail to specialists doing taxonomic research. The specimens are used by these researchers to document distribution and morphological variation of the species under study. Also, researchers or others who have questions about plants in our region may visit the herbarium to examine and work with the preserved specimens.
Botanists with the Natural Heritage Program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service use herbarium specimens as sources of data to document the distributions of rare, threatened and endangered species, and U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel use specimen data to track noxious weeds in their weed regulation and control programs. Additionally, as a public service, the herbarium curator routinely identifies plants for weed scientists at University of Georgia (Griffin, Tifton and Athens campuses), wildlife managers with Georgia Department of Natural Resources, students, local schools, and the general public.