Equipment Cage

Equipment Cage: various cameras sitting on top of a flat file

various cameras sitting on top of a flat file

Located in PNW 310A (Pendleton West, 3rd floor), the CAGE serves as a one-stop shop for art students who need equipment rental or art supplies. At the cage, students can buy exclusive art paper for painting, drawing, and printmaking classes, or temporarily checkout media equipment for photo, video, and new media classes. Open hours and the current rules and regulations are posted below. All checkouts, renewals, and reservations must only be conducted in-person during hours of operation. The Art Cage is closed on holidays, and during the winter, spring, and summer breaks.

Students enrolled in general visual art classes may have limited access to select equipment. Contact your faculty advisor for more information.

To schedule an appointment for equipment pick up or drop off, please contact Farimah Eshraghi at or 781-283-3540. She can answer any questions about this process when you email or call to schedule your appointment. Students are encouraged to schedule training on any of the borrowable equipment ahead of their reservations.
R&R Booking - Wellesley's online program for borrowing academic equipment.

• Equipment is separated into General, Photo, Video, and Media pools. All Art Department students have access to the General pool, but other equipment pools are restricted to relevant classes.

• You may receive faculty authorization to borrow specialty equipment by contacting the relevant photo, video, or media professors.

• Equipment loans are free.

• Equipment is subject to late fees ($5 per day, per item), and may also be subject to repair/replacement fees if lost or broken. This is strictly enforced in an effort to reduce impact on your fellow classmates' equipment access.

Responsibility of user
• Equipment borrowers are responsible for returning equipment on time.
• Equipment borrowers are responsible for treating equipment with care so as to not damage items.
• It is your responsibility to ask for help if you do not understand how specific equipment works.
• Bear in mind, if you check out equipment and then let someone else use it, you are still responsible for the condition and return of any equipment and peripherals signed out under your name.

• Make sure to back up any data before returning equipment with memory. The Equipment Cage is not responsible for any data lost while using these items. Memory storage devices are periodically wiped and formatted. Do not expect your data to remain available once you have returned your equipment.


More Information about Reservations
• Please note that you need to fill out a liability form before reservations can be made.
• Please allow for 5-10 minutes when equipment is checked out. Bring your Wellesley College ID with you when you check out items.
• The borrowing period varies depending on type of equipment. Make sure you are clear on the length of your reservation when you check out equipment.
• Equipment maintained and loaned by the Cage is in high demand. Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance reservations are highly recommended to ensure that you have access to the equipment you need on the dates you need it. The Cage cannot guarantee that the equipment you need will always be available; if you do not plan in advance, it may be checked out by other students.
• If you need to renew a reservation, you must do so in person at the Cage. Not all equipment is eligible for reservation renewal.
Questions? Need help?
Contact Technology Support Specialist Farimah Eshraghi.