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Equipment Checkout

SJMC Equipment Checkout

Located in room 236A of Old Main, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Equipment Room has a variety of A/V equipment for short term loan to SJMC students.

SJMC Equipment Checkout has an assortment of equipment like DSLR cameras, camcorders, and hand-held audio recorders, light kits, microphones, and tripods, many more items are also available for checkout.

Equipment Checkout Room hours are listed below. We are closed on days when classes do not meet and do not checkout equipment over holiday breaks without a written request from SJMC faculty. Students should check the schedule to make sure the office is open before visiting.

SJMC faculty members may make reservations of equipment if a large amount of equipment is needed on a certain day or after office hours. To do so, an email must be sent to SJMC Equipment Checkout with at least 24 hours notice.

There are a few things you should know before visiting SJMC Equipment Checkout.

  • We do not loan equipment to faculty or students in other departments. Please do not email us asking for an exception.
  • Your TXST Student ID card is required to verify your identity to checkout equipment. We do not make exceptions to this rule.
  • Students must be on the list of approved students to checkout equipment for the semester.
  • You must agree to the terms of our Equipment Checkout Policy to checkout equipment.

Hours of Operation


Spring 2023 Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday 11am - 6:30pm


11am - 6pm


11am - 6pm


11am - 6pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

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Please Note: We are closed on days when classes do not meet.

Please Note: Our staff close the equipment room at the scheduled closing time. They are not required to stay late to accommodate special requests. 


Equipment Checkout Policy 

Below are the terms that we require you agree to before checking out SJMC equipment.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Undergraduate students can checkout equipment for two of our operating days. Graduate students can checkout equipment for one week. If a student wants to renew their checkout, it can only be done in person. 

    For example, equipment checked out on Monday is due Wednesday and equipment checked out on Wednesday is due Monday.

  • Each recheck must be done in person with the equipment in hand for inspection. You can also receive a fully charged battery for certain items at this time. One recheck allows for a total of four days, which is enough time to complete a project.

  • If a student is late returning equipment to the Equipment Checkout Room, the student loses all checkout privileges. In addition, a return that is late may result in up to a letter deduction on the student's course grade. If equipment is a week late, we are required to report it as lost or stolen to the University Police Department.

    If you know your equipment will be late due to extenuating circumstances, please contact

  • Students are allowed multiple checkouts throughout the semester for assignment or project use. Compliance with returning equipment on time will ultimately determine how many checkouts each student is allowed.

  • Reservations can only be made by professors for a specific class. Checking out equipment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

  • If a medical issue, personal emergency, professional obligation, or any other extenuating circumstance prevents you from returning equipment on time, we need to know as soon as possible. If you email and explain why you are unable to return equipment on time, we may grant you a one time extension as a courtesy. We do not need the details of your personal or medical emergencies. Failure to contact equipment checkout before we open the next day may be grounds for denying your request.

    Please note exceptions for extenuating circumstances are limited and are not guaranteed.