Equipment Circulation

Knapp Equipment Desk

The Knapp Equipment Desk offers DSLRs, videocameras, tripods, audio recorders, projectors, external hard drives, and more.
Knapp equipment is available to all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of coursework or department (although academic use does get priority over non-academic use, when applicable).


Find information about equipment available at other Clapp Library service points here.


Knapp EQ Desk Hours:



Who can borrow equipment?
Current Wellesley students, faculty, and staff can all borrow equipment from Knapp!
What equipment is available?

We circulate cameras, tripods, audio recording equipment, projectors, dongles & cables, extension cords, nexus tablets, external hard drives, and more.

Check R&R for a full list of equipment available at Knapp.


  • To borrow Chromebooks, Windows laptops, iPads, or bluetooth keyboards, visit the Computing Helpdesk (2nd floor, Clapp Library).
  • To borrow iPhone chargers, Macbook chargers, or calculators, visit the Main Clapp Circulation Desk (2nd floor, Clapp Library).
  • To borrow equipment or request setup for events on campus, contact Media Services (1st floor, Clapp Library).


What if I need equipment the Knapp Equipment Desk doesn’t circulate?
Check and see if the Computing Helpdesk, the Clapp Service Desk or Media Services offers the equipment you’re looking for.
If the equipment you’re searching for relates to multimedia production and would benefit the greater campus community, reach out to to discuss the option of Knapp acquiring the equipment.
I’ve never used ______, how do I learn?
You can ask a Circulating Equipment Assistant to show you the basics on the equipment you’re checking out from the Equipment Cage, and there may be documentation in the Knapp repository for the piece of equipment you’re interested in.
If you’d like in-depth training, contact to set up a training session.
Do I need to reserve equipment in advance? How do I do that?

We recommend reserving equipment in advance. Without a reservation, we can't guarantee we'll have what you are looking for in stock when you arrive. Additionally, reservations allow us to make accurate decisions about equipment renewals and loan period extensions.

You can make equipment reservations via R&R.

When can I pick up/drop off equipment?

Knapp Equipment Desk hours are kept updated via our public Google calendar (also visible above).

We try to maintain consistent hours, but encourage you to double-check before heading over in case we encounter a scheduling error.

How long can I borrow equipment for?
Default borrowing periods vary and can be found by clicking on a specific piece of equipment in R&R.
If you think you’ll need the equipment for longer than the default time length, talk to whoever is staffing the Knapp Equipment Desk when you arrive to pick up the equipment. We do not generally check equipment out for periods longer than 1-2 months at a time, but will make exceptions in certain cases. Email to discuss.
What can I use Knapp equipment for?
Priority is granted to use of Knapp equipment for academic purposes, but the equipment is available to be used for personal projects when not otherwise reserved.
Why do I have a $4,000 charge on my account?
A $4,000 default replacement fee will be automatically placed on your account for any overdue equipment. Replacement fines will be waived when the equipment is returned; however, a second overdue within the same semester will trigger an equipment borrowing block.
What happens if I lose or break equipment?

If any piece of an equipment kit is missing or broken, we will not accept the equipment for return until you have searched for the missing item or made a reasonable effort to fix the broken part.

If you have permanently lost or broken a piece of equipment, you will be charged a replacement fee for the cost of the piece or for the entire equipment kit (if necessary).

Read our borrowing policies for more information.

I forgot to return equipment before leaving campus! What should I do?

Email to let us know and discuss options. If you graduated or otherwise will not be returning to campus, you should mail equipment back using this address:

Knapp Equipment Desk
Clapp Library
106 Central Street
Wellesley MA 02481