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AV Equipment Borrowing

The library loans a wide variety of audiovisual equipment - cameras, microphones, audio recorders, video recorders, and accessories - for class use, assignments, research and teaching. All equipment is available to current AU students, faculty and staff.

Loan periods are 3 days with fines of $4 per day. Replacement fees will be charged for items damaged, lost or stolen while checked out. Equipment must be renewed in person. There is no fee for borrowing equipment. The library makes every effort to have all equipment batteries fully charged, but with high turnover this is not always possible. Plan your project to give yourself time to charge equipment if necessary.

A note for faculty:

While AU faculty are welcome to borrow AV equipment, there are also other library services available that may be more appropriate depending on your needs. Audio/Visual Services provides classroom and event support and can set up microphones and amplification in specified areas. AV Services also provides digital audio and video recording equipment, webcams and other devices to support the use of Skype. Academic Multimedia Services provides both recording and post-production services for teaching purposes.

Audiovisual Equipment

Available at the Media/Tech Services Desk

  • Equipment - description | Ease of use | Video introduction | Manual
  • Audio-Technica Omni ATR3550 Lapel Microphone - wired mic | easy | Manual
  • Blue Yeti - desktop microphone | easy | Manual
  • Canon Vixia HF R10 - HD camcorder | medium | Video | Manual 
  • DJI Osmo Mobile 2 - smartphone stabilizing gimbal | advanced | Manual
  • GoPro HD Hero 2 - video cameras | advanced | Manual
  • Movo VRX10 - directional smartphone microphone | easy | Manual
  • Shure RS230 - omnidirectional microphone | easy | Video | Manual
  • Tripods - small and medium | easy
  • Vilrox VR-162T - LED light kit and tripod | easy | Specs
  • Zoom H2n - digital audio recorder | medium | Video | Manual

For Faculty Use Only:

  • Olympus WS-110 - digital voice recorder - set of 15, set of 20 | medium | Video | Manual

Available at the Makerspace 

  • Equipment - description | Ease of use | Video introduction | Manual
  • Azden WLX‐Pro Label Microphone - wireless mic | advanced | Manual
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 with 18 - 55mm and 75 - 300mm lenses - DSLR camera | advanced | Manual
  • Olympus OM‐D E‐M10 II with 14 - 42mm and 40 - 150mm lenses - DSLR camera | advanced | Manual
  • Tripods - large | easy
  • Zoom Q4 Video Recorder - HD camcorder | medium | Manual


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