Equipment Borrowing

As part of our continued support for digital scholarship, as well as the general enjoyment of the CWRU community, the Freedman Center lends a variety of equipment.


KSL lends specialized or more expensive equipment for which most students or faculty have only occasional need, but we do generally do not hold for lending common equipment that is more generally affordable or needed by most people on a regular basis (e.g., headphones, webcams, laptops, tablets).

Where, How, and Who?

All the equipment is lent at the Service Center on the first floor of Kelvin Smith Library. CWRU students, faculty and staff are welcome to borrow equipment. The person who borrows the equipment is held responsible for any equipment breakage or loss.  Therefore, we strongly recommend against asking or letting friends return equipment for you.

Special Lending

Several items (such as the GoPro cameras, the Ricoh Theta cameras, and the thermal imaging cameras) have more complex kits and require a (brief) consultation before they can be borrowed.  These items are lent only by appointment. To setup an appointment email  Specialty items are returned to the Service Center on the main level of KSL.  If you are interested in borrowing a GoPro camera, please watch this short video before setting up an appointment.


The library also offers short-term, in house use laptops. Patrons may check laptops out from a kiosk on the first floor for up to three hours and are library use only.

How Much?

There is no cost to borrow any of the equipment.

How Long?

All equipment lends for 2 nights. Due to limited supply, loaned equipment is not renewable and cannot be re-checked out on the same day due.


Equipment must be returned to Service Center staff before the Service Center closes.

Returns made on the due date after Service Center closing will be considered late. When returning equipment, do not just drop it on the counter, please wait for staff to confirm that all equipment has been cleared from your account.  

Devices, 2-night loan:  $5.00 per day late

Accessories for devices, 2-night loan: $2.00 per day late

Devices, hourly loan: $5.00 per hour late

Damage and Replacement Fees

Borrowers assume the responsibility of keeping items secure and in proper working condition throughout the loan. Each piece of equipment is inspected by staff upon return. If damage is suspected, the borrower will be notified if any further action is required.

If during your loan the item stops working properly, please let us know as soon as possible.

For equipment that is damaged, lost, or stolen, fees will be assessed. As the cost of each device varies, so does the replacement fee. We cannot accept equipment purchased by the borrower as a substitute.


We're always open to new ideas, so if you have any questions, thoughts, or suggestions about what we should be carrying email