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Policies & FAQ

Our equipment offerings are vast and varied. We have simple gear for simple projects, and professional gear for true (and aspiring) professionals.



    1. You must have a valid Georgetown GoCard to borrow equipment or log in to our computers.
    2. Reserve equipment via our online reservation system, by phone (202-687-7607) or in person at the 3rd-floor Circulation Desk.
    3. Pickup and drop off equipment at the main Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of Lauinger Library.
    4. Equipment check-outs are for up to 72 hours. Chromebooks and iPads are available for up to 1 week.
    5. If you need equipment for longer than 72 hours, please arrange extended loans by completing this form at least one-week in advance of the intended checkout time.
    6. Please be on time to pick up your gear, or call to let us know you will be late. Due to high demand, your reservation will be canceled if you are more than 30 minutes late.
    7. This is a shared, public device. You are responsible for clearing any data on the device before returning it and also for logging off of any personal accounts. The device will remain charged out to any patron who does not log out of their personal account when a device is returned.
    8. Each type of item may be checked out a maximum of 28 days per semester, or the equivalent of 9 72-hour checkouts.
    9. Students may check out a max of 2 cameras and 20 items in total at a time.


    1. Borrowers may renew items 2 times for an additional 72 hours per checkout depending upon availability. This applies to all items, including computers and tablets. Every time you initiate a renewal, the 72-hour checkout is reset, meaning that you can't have back-to-back checkouts and renewals to extend a loan for 9 days. 


    1. Fines for equipment kits are $5 per hour late. Bring your equipment back on time! See detailed fine information under the library's borrowing policies.
    2. Borrowers will be assessed replacement charges for lost or broken items, and for equipment more than one week overdue. A $30 processing fee will be assessed in addition to the replacement costs and any overdue fines. Charges will be added to the student's account through the Bursar's office. 
    3. Borrowing privileges may be revoked if a user accrues fines in excess of $100, shows a history of returning items late or disregards library policies.

General tips:

  1. When you receive your equipment, check that your battery is charged and that your equipment works. Library staff charge batteries and inspect equipment regularly, but as responsible producers, it behooves you to check your gear before taking it into the field.
  2. If you are picking up more than 2 pieces of bulky equipment, consider bringing a friend or also reserving an equipment cart to help out.
  3. We highly recommend that you learn how to use the equipment before checking it out and training is mandatory for some items. Please schedule a one-on-one consultation for hands-on guidance.  See below for details.