Checkout Room Rules

College of Journalism & Mass Communications Equipment Checkout Policy



  • Equipment will only be checked out to CoJMC majors, students enrolled in CoJMC classes and CoJMC faculty and staff. Equipment will not be checked out to other students or alumni. Other UNL faculty and staff (external patrons) may request the use of equipment.

  • Presenting an NUID is the preferred method to checkout equipment. Knowing your NUID and presenting another government-issued photo ID will also be accepted.

  • Patrons must be present, in-person or virtually (with camera), to checkout equipment. No equipment will be checked out to friends, classmates, etc.

Checkout Room Location & Hours

Checkout Room Andersen Hall Agency Virtual
Location Room 44 (Basement) 3rd floor, Lincoln Children’s Museum

Text 402-413-9960 for link

Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Items will be placed in a locker and the code emailed to the patron. 

Equipment Returns

  • Equipment must be returned to either of the checkout room locations during normal business hours before the return deadline unless a renewal has been granted. Failure to return equipment will result in late fees.


  • During the first 12 weeks of the regular semester, all student and external checkouts will be for 2 business days. During the last 3 weeks of the semester (one week prior to dead week, dead week and finals week), all student and external checkouts will be for 1 business day. Equipment is due by 5 p.m. central time on the due date
  • Exceptions to the checkout duration for students and external partners will be rare and only granted in advance of the checkout. Extended durations will only be granted for academic purposes above and beyond normal course work and require the approval from a CoJMC faculty member and the checkout room manager. Extended durations will be denied if they will limit the availability of high-demand equipment.
  • Faculty and staff may checkout equipment for alternative durations but must establish a deadline at the time of checkout. However, faculty and staff are expected to return equipment promptly when no longer in active use or when the deadline is reached.
Fall 2022
2-day checkout 1-day checkout
Aug. 22 - Nov. 22, 2022 Nov. 27 - Dec. 16, 2022


  • All patrons may renew their equipment check out if no one is on the waitlist for the equipment. If there is a waitlist, patrons are responsible for returning their equipment by the deadline.
  • Renewals will only be allowed in-person at the checkout room or in the virtual zoom room. Patrons cannot renew equipment via text or email.


  • If equipment is unavailable, patrons may request to be placed on a waitlist.
  • The waitlist is first-come, first-served and all requests will be placed at the bottom of the list.
  • Patrons will be notified via email when equipment becomes available and have 1 hour to respond via email or text message that they still need the equipment. Failure to respond will result in removal from the waitlist.
  • Patrons must then arrange to pick-up the equipment within 24 hours of the initial notification. Equipment not checked out within 24 hours will be put back into regular circulation and the patron will be removed from the waitlist.


  • A fine of $10 per day will be charged for all overdue items.
  • Patrons are responsible for all items checked out. Costs, as determined by the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, for repairing damaged items or replacing lost/stolen items will be charged to the student.
  • Patrons are responsible for checking the condition of items before leaving the checkout room. Failure to notify the checkout room of damaged equipment upon checkout will result in repair costs being charged to the last student who checked out the equipment.
  • Patrons who owe late fees or fines for repair/replacement will not be allowed to check out equipment until all fines and fees are paid.
  • Fines resulting from late fees or lost/stolen equipment that equal or exceed $100 dollars will result in a student account hold. The hold will remain in place until all fines and fees are paid and the equipment is returned or paid for.
  • The College of Journalism and Mass Communications reserves the right to place a hold on a student’s account for fines owed to the checkout room in any amount.

Reporting Lost/Stolen equipment

  • Lost/stolen equipment must be reported immediately to the checkout room manager.

Special Circulation Items

  • The College of Journalism and Mass Communications will maintain a list of special circulation equipment. This list will include equipment that is expensive and easy to break if users are unfamiliar with equipment operation.
  • Special circulation equipment requires the approval of a CoJMC faculty member who is knowledgeable about the student’s ability to properly use the equipment and the CoJMC checkout room manager for checkout for student checkout.

SD Cards

  • Student must provide their own SD memory cards for use with CoJMC equipment. Class 6 or higher is required for video cameras (class 10 or better is recommended).


Students are strongly cautioned against leaving checkout room equipment unattended at any time or leaving equipment in their car. Equipment has been stolen from other students and it could happen to you. You are responsible for the replacement cost of the equipment if it is lost or stolen.