The VRC Equipment Room provides equipment for creative work, documentation, and classroom use to faculty and students in the Department of Art and Art History. This includes SLR and video cameras, lighting kits, data projectors, audio recorders, and a variety of accessories and peripherals. Please note that due to our limited budget we only lend equipment to Art and Art History faculty, students, and staff. See our policies below.



Browse all available equipment in our online Patron Portal:


Watch our brief tutorial videos on how to use the portal to reserve VRC equipment, as well as rooms and spaces and in the Visual Arts Complex during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See our Create Images and Photograph Artwork page for information about our fully equipped Portfolio Photography Room (UPDATE: this resource is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic).


    A note about borrowing equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic: While the VRC is sanitizing equipment to the best of our ability during the pandemic, we cannot guarantee that all equipment is free of the COVID-19 virus. You are checking out this equipment at your own risk. Be sure to observe University of Colorado health and safety guidelines.




    Location: Room 310E of the Visual Arts Complex (3rd floor, in the Art and Art History administrative area).


    Hours of equipment availability: During the spring 2021 semester the VRC equipment pickup appointments can be scheduled through the Patron Portal at the following times (please arrive on time for your equipment checkout appointment):

    • Jan. 14 - Feb 12, 2021 (R2R-approved AAH members only): Mon/Wed 9am-1pm; Fri 11:30am-4pm
    • Feb. 15 - May 5, 2021: Mon through Thurs 9am-1pm; Fri 11:30am-4pm

    Contact us: The most immediate way to reach us during the COVID-19 pandemic is by contacting Lia Pileggi and/or Elaine Paul in a Microsoft Teams chat (be sure to log on with your We are also checking email daily on weekdays.





    • Equipment is for ARTS or ARTH coursework only. Students must be enrolled in in ARTS or ARTH courses to borrow equipment.

      • Students majoring in Studio Arts or Art History degrees who are not enrolled in ARTS or ARTH courses but need equipment for degree-related projects must request borrowing privileges from the VRC.

    • Reserve equipment in advance through the Patron Portal ( All of the equipment we circulate can be viewed in the portal.

      • Reserve equipment as far in advance as possible to ensure availability.

      • Pick up equipment in person at your reservation appointment time at the Equipment Room (VAC Room 310). Please be on time for your pickup appointment.

    • Students must present a Buff OneCard at the time of checkout

    • The VRC charges hourly late fines for overdue equipment.

    • For most items the checkout period is up to two business days, depending on reservation availability.

      • When the due date falls on weekends or campus holidays, the due date rolls forward to the next regular busness day, as indicated by the checkout agreement you sign. E.g., two-day items borrowed on Thursday, are due the following Monday.

      • Laptops are intended for presentations and limited to the duration of a class period.

    • Equipment may be renewed once if no other reservations exist. Contact the VRC (see contact info above) to inquire about the possibility of renewals. Renewals are due back two business days from the moment of the renewal.

      • Be prepared to return the equipment on time if it is unavailable for renewal.

    • Except by special arrangement, equipment is unavailable when campus closes, or over winter break and during summer sessions when Art and Art History classes are not being held.

    • Requests for extended checkouts under special circumstances may be made in advance; they are considered on a case by case basis.

    • Equipment must be returned by the person who borrowed it; the borrower’s signature is required if there are issues such as late returns or missing components.

    • During any given semester, all equipment is due back by the last day of final exams, unless special circumstances close campus earlier.


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