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Equipment Checkout in the Commons South: Home (Contingency)

Policies, procedures, and item availability for Hodges Library Equipment Checkout


  • Some high-touch equipment will be unavailable due to concerns related to spread of COVID-19.
  • OIT is providing a laptop check-out service this semester. These computers will work off-campus.
  • To request an OIT laptop, visit

General Information

The Hodges Library Equipment Desk is located on the second floor in the Commons South. Please note that item availability is currently limited due to COVID-19 contingency plans.  This guide contains a complete available item listing as well as information on loan periods and policies.

Please Note:

  • All equipment is provided as a shared resource for the support of academic endeavors.
  • Loan periods are limited with the idea of increasing availability for the students as well as the staff and faculty of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Equipment is available only to individuals from the Knoxville campus with a status of “Active” in the UT Directory: (

Bring your UT ID to the Equipment Desk in the Commons South at Hodges Library to check out equipment.

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Fines and Policies

Please note, all items have a limited borrowing period so they may be available to other students. Failure to return equipment in a timely manner may result in suspension of borrowing privileges.


  • Patrons may borrow only one of each item (one tripod, one laptop, etc.) at a time.
  • Equipment is first-come, first-serve and cannot be reserved ahead of time.


  • All 6-hour equipment, all 1-day equipment and some 3-day equipment accrues a fee of $0.25 per hour.
  • Exceptions are iPads and projectors, which have a $20 late fee.


  • During fall and spring semester, there are no renewals on 3-day equipment.
  • Upon return, an item of the same type may not be checked out until the next day.
  • 6-hour equipment may be renewed as long as there is at least one other item of the same type. Patrons must bring both their Volcard and item(s) they wish to renew.