Media equipment and consultations

Media services provides media equipment for no-cost checkout to UMN students, staff and faculty. Consultations on using the equipment or any part of the media production process are available. Priority for equipment and consultations is given to students working on course-related media projects.


Media consultations

One-hour online appointments are offered primarily for students working on course-assigned media projects. The media consultant helps you organize your project, develop a story, decide on equipment, give video and audio pre-production advice, and answer specific questions about editing software.

Request a consultation

Drop-in help

Drop-in support is unavailable during the summer. Please see the video tutorials at the bottom of this page or request a media consult for support.


Media workshops are on hold during the summer. See you next Fall!

For media creation support please see our video tutorial series on the bottom of the page, or request a media consultation.

Sign up for a workshop

Loanable equipment

Cameras, tripods, microphones, hard drives, DSLRs, and other media equipment are available for checkout for UMN students, staff and faculty. 

Priority is given to students who are using the equipment for coursework. No reservation is needed; equipment is available on a first-come first-served basis. 

Most items are due the following day by closing, though we may be willing to extend the loan during non-peak days. External hard drives can be borrowed for one week. One camera or microphone per person or event unless the demand is low.


Royalty-free media

Find music, sound effects, video loops, images and vector graphics to use in your project (free to use).

Software and computers

At several libraries on campus, we have iMacs and Windows computers with editing software, such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Audacity and more.

Libraries software and locations


Media creation tutorial series

Related staff