Once your location schema configurations are completed, you can then create your locations in the Registry. It is best practice to create the locations in a top-down order (location → box → containers/plates).
Note: Only users with admin level permissions can create “locations” in Benchling.
Creating Storage Locations in the Registry
- Open your Registry
- Click into the Storage section.
- Select the “+” option and then select Location → Create Location.
Note: Top-level locations (e.g. a building or lab) do not fill out the Location to Store In field.
- Select the location type you would like to create
- Select a name for your location.
- Select whether you'd like to manually enter a specific barcode, or whether you'd like Benchling to generate one for you.
Note: For top-level locations (e.g. a building or lab where everything can be found), do not fill out the Location to Store In field.
- If you want to nest locations, (e.g. a freezer in a room), repeat the steps above, but fill out the Location to Store In field with the location schema you want it to be stored.
- Repeat this process to create as many nested layers as desired.
Note: Giving these locations a name is completely optional. If you do not enter a name in the Name field, Benchling will use the auto-generated barcode as the name.
At this point - you have your location hierarchy set and you are ready to create containers, boxes, and plates!