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Library Media Services - Circulating Equipment

This a list of the equipment that is currently circulating and can be reserved at Library Media Services. Please reserve equipment using this form.  This list of equipment does not include specialized equipment used in our media studio, for more information please contact our Production Specialist at

  • Borrowing is limited to faculty, staff, and students at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Loans are generally limited to three days with no renewals.
  • There must be a three day gap in between loan periods, although requests may be made at any time.
  • Equipment loan requests may take up to 3 days to process.
  • Due to high demand we suggest making all requests at least a week in advance.
  • Late items will be assessed a fee of $5.00, per item, per day, with a maximum fine of  $100 and a replacement fee commensurate with the cost of the equipment. 
  • For other audiovisual sources see this page

Camera Kits

Starter Kit
Our starter kits come with a Zoom Q2HD (manual here). Each Zoom has a USB cable that can be used to transfer files to your computer in addition to a micro SD card. It is powered by two AA batteries. Our starter kits are perfect for users who want to record quick, medium-quality video and don’t want or need to learn how to use complicated equipment.

Sports Kit
For those who want an action camera to record video on the go, our sports kit includes a GoPro Hero 4 (manual here), two rechargable batteries, and an array of mounts. Our GoPros come with a micro SD card and a USB cable for file transfer.

The DSLR kit is primarily for users who would like to take higher-quality still photos. Our kits come with a Nikon DSLR and two lenses in a hard case. Each DSLR has a rechargeable battery and charger. For file transfer, it comes with both a USB cable and an SD card.

Camcorder Kit
Formerly known as the video field kit, our camcorder kits come with a Canon Vixia HF-G40 (manual here) and a shotgun microphone in a hard case, with a windsock available on request. The camcorders each have a rechargeable battery and charger. The shotgun microphones that come with our camcorder kits are not currently compatible with our ring lights.


Lavalier Microphones
The lavalier microphones available at Library Media Services are small, hands-free microphones intended for production, not amplification. Each lavalier microphone set comes with the microphone, a transmitter and receiver, a charger, XLR to 3.5mm cable, and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable.

Rode Shotgun Microphones
Our shotgun mics are for use in production by mounting on a hot shoe. They are compatible with our ring lights, and can also be used with our camcorder kits. 

Handheld Fender Microphones
These microphones are a standard handheld microphone attached with an XLR cable. They are compatible with our PA systems, but will also work with any other sound system that can connect with an XLR. 

Boom Microphone
Typically used for more involved productions, our boom microphone comes with a pole and a windsock. It has an XLR to 3.5mm cable that makes it compatible with most standard camcorders.

USB Microphone
These mics have both XLR and USB output, as well as a built-in headphone jack to monitor audio output. The mics are handheld and useful for any single-user recording, such as voice-overs.


CFL Softbox Light
Each CFL softbox light comes with a stand. Softbox lights provide diffused lighting suitable for shooting stills or video.  

LED Lite Panel
The LED Lite Panels come with an adjustable stand. They allow for more directed and versatile lighting. Our LED panels are not battery powered and must be plugged in to a standard outlet in order to work.

Ring Light
Our ring lights come with a number of different filters and fit snugly on our shotgun microphones. They are not, at this time, compatible with the shotgun microphones that come with our camcorder kits. They are a directed and uniform light source.

Lighting Kit
Two CFL softbox lights, a green screen, and stands make up the lighting kit. We do not loan out the individual components of the kit separately at this time.

Other Audio

PA System
For loud sound projection, the PA system is the best solution LMS has to offer. Each PA system comes with two speakers and a mixer that fit together to make the system compact and easily portable. Our handheld microphones are compatible with the PA system, as is any other input that uses an XLR cable.

Zoom H1 Audio Recorder
The Zoom H1 recorder (manual here) is a simple solution to audio recording. Each battery-powered recorder comes with a USB cable and a micro SD card. The recorders can be used in conjunction with another microphone input or they can be used on their own.

Production Equipment

All of our available tripods are Manfrottos with fluid heads and adjustable legs. They have standard tripod threading and should be compatible with most cameras, including our Zoom Q2HDs. We do not at this time offer tripods that are compatible with iPads or iPhones.

Other Equipment

Digital Converter
Our circulating digital converter is used for converting VHS to digital files and is compatible with both Mac and PC. It connects to your computer using a USB and to the VHS player with a composite video/RCA stereo cable. The converted file will be in the universal H.264 digital format.