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Media Production Equipment & Services Equipment Lending Program

Information about the Equipment Lending Program at Hillman Library

About the Hillman Library Media Production Equipment & Services Lending Program

The Hillman Library Media Production Equipment & Services Lending Program began in 2015 as a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh Library System and the English and Studio Arts Departments. It has expanded to two distinct equipment collections within our Lending Program, The Hillman Collection and the Course Reserve Equipment.

Hillman Equipment Collection Course Reserve Equipment
The Hillman Equipment Collection is available to everyone in the Pitt community, including current students, faculty, and staff.  Course Reserve Equipment is available only to those students enrolled in courses with special borrowing privileges. To learn more about Reserve Equipment for your department, see our page on Course Reserve Equipment.


Fall 2022 Hours

Thanksgiving Break Hours:

November 14 – November 20: Normal Hours

November 21 – November 23: By Appointment Only

November 24 – November 27: Closed

Regular hours resume on Monday, November 28th


Equipment must be returned before you leave for Thanksgiving Break.

Equipment is not being circulated over Thanksgiving Break unless specific arrangements have been made with the MPES Manager.

Equipment kept over Thanksgiving Break without prior arrangement will be subject to overdue fines.


September 6 – December 16th

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 8pm

Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday & Sunday: Noon – 5pm 


Library hours:

As a courtesy we ask that all returns be received 30 minutes before closing.  Our final check-out of the day begins no later than 15 minutes prior to closing.


(The operational hours are subject to change if necessary)

A full listing of our hours can be found at:

Borrowing Equipment 2022

In accordance with our co-check-out procedure, you are required to inventory all items in your kit and test each piece within one hour of check-out.  

For any issues with your kit, we must receive an email at stating the issue within one hour of check-out. Any issues brought to our attention past this deadline will be your responsibility, including any lost or damaged item replacement fees.  


Borrower's Agreement

By borrowing any equipment from the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, you agree to be bound by the terms of the Equipment Loan Borrower Agreement. You understand that, in order to borrow these materials, you must be a current student, staff or faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh with a valid University ID card.

See "Borrower's Guide" Tab for more details and PDF of Borrower's Agreement.

Citations and Shout Outs

We always appreciate a shout out or note in your credits.  It is a fantastic way of spreading awareness of the collection and inspiriting other students to get involved.

Sample wording for credit citation: “This project was created with the help of media equipment and services from the University of Pittsburgh Library System’s Media Production Equipment & Services office."