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Equipment at the Academic Technology Commons

From 3D scanners and printers to virtual reality to editing software, the Academic Technology Commons at Saint Louis University allows access to a variety of innovative equipment. 

3D Printer

Reservable Equipment

The ATC and Pius Library have available technology for reserve. Need to borrow a camera or microphone? How about a GoPro or a drone? For a full list, including basic equipment specifications, see below. Laptops are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

New equipment added in the past year:

  • 360 Video Cameras
    • Insta360 Pro
    • Insta360 One
    • Vuze
    • Samsung Gear 360
  • 360 Webcam from Owl Labs

First-come, first-served items:

  • Laptops 
  • Graphing calculators
  • Phone chargers
  • Laptop chargers
  • Small projectors


Reservable items:

  • Video cameras
  • Still cameras
  • Audio recorders
  • Wireless classroom microphones
  • Wireless mics for video cameras
  • Public address speakers
  • Microphones for PAs
  • Webcams
  • Videoconferencing systems
  • Video projectors
  • Portable screens



Pius Library/ATC Laptop Borrowing Policy


Laptops are available to borrow at the askSLU desk located inside the Academic Technology Commons in Pius Library. Laptops are intended for short-term use in the case of damage to or temporary loss of a personal laptop, or temporary technology or software needs, in order to meet the needs of as many students as possible. For long-term technology needs and recommendations, please see ITS Checklists and Tech Recommendations.

Loan Policies

  • Available to current SLU students, staff and faculty with a valid SLU ID.
  • Laptops are non-reservable and non-renewable and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Loan period is six weeks.
  • Loans are limited to one loan period per semester per patron.
  • Loans are completed as a package, and all items (laptop computer and removable power cord) will be checked out in working order. Please notify an askSLU staff member immediately if something is not working.
  • All items must be returned together, at the same time, and in working order to an askSLU desk staff member.
  • Patrons will electronically sign an agreement to abide by the equipment loan policy. A paper copy of the policy and/or the agreement is available upon request.

Loan Enforcement

  • If the equipment is not returned by the due date, or if it is returned damaged, a billing/replacement fee of up to $2,000 will be assessed.
  • Failure to return the equipment or repeated abuse of the loan program will lead to the patron’s library account being referred to the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards. The patron may also be blocked from further borrowing of laptops or equipment.

Borrower Responsibilities

  • Note the due date of all equipment and check SLU email for overdue notices or billing invoices. Claiming not to have gotten an overdue notice or billing invoice is not an excuse for late returns.
  • Treat the equipment with care. Do not leave it unattended. Keep food and drink at a safe distance.
  • Return all equipment in good working order on or before the due date.
  • Report loss, damage or defect to the askSLU Help Desk immediately at 314-977-3103.
  • Personal software may not be loaded onto the laptop. User files will be deleted from the hard drive on a regular basis.
  • Abide by the Saint Louis University Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy (PDF).  


For technical questions about the operation of the library equipment, please contact a staff member at the askSLU Help Desk at 314-977-3103. 

Please report any hardware or software problems to askSLU staff when returning the laptop.

360 Cameras

5 total available:

  • Insta360 Pro 
    • Used for high-quality 360-degree video and photography. Large, 6-camera pod.
  • Insta360 One (2 available)
    • Used for handheld, high-quality, on-the-go 360-degree video/photography
  • Vuze 4k 3D 360° VR Camera 
    • Used for 360 3D VR (virtual reality) imaging
  • Samsung Gear 360 (ID: CAM 180)
    • Used for handheld 360 video/photography

4 total available:

  • Sony Alpha 6000 (ID: DIGI 69)
    • Primary use: High quality, auto and manual photography and 4K video capability
    • 1 available
  • Sony Alpha 6500 (ID: DIGI 72)
    • Primary use: High quality, auto and manual photography and 4K video capability
    • 1 available
  • Panasonic Lumix FZ35 (ID: DIGI 123)
    • Primary use: Good both for point-and-shoot and more manual photography. Has AVCHD lite format HD video recording capabilities
    • 1 available
  • Canon SD1300IS (ID: DIGI 124)
    • Primary use: Easy, fast, good quality point-and-shoot camera
    • 1 available

9 available:

  • Phoenix Duet MT202/PCO USB Microphone (ID: ACC 67, 68)
    • Primary use: Plug and play USB Microphone with speaker built in
    • 2 available
  • Sony UTX-B1 Wireless Microphone (ID: ACC 112, 139, 142, 143)
    • Primary use: Microphones for use in classrooms. For use in the TV Channel 42-45 range.
    • 4 available
  • Blue Snowball USB Microphone (ID: AUDI 154)
    • 1 available
  • Sony UWP-D16 Wireless Microphone (ID: ACC 474, 475)
    • Primary Use: Wireless microphone for use with both a lavalier and handheld pack, to use with speakers, cameras, and other microphone compatible technologies.
    • 2 available

Wired lavalier microphones are also available and are commonly used for PA systems or multi-speaker events.

  • Photo Tripods
    • There are two photo tripods available for loan.
  • Video Tripods
    • There are five video tripods available for loan.
Web Cams

5 available:

  • Logitech C920 Webcam (ID: CAM 46, 47)
    • Primary use: Plug and play USB webcam
    • 2 available
  • Logitech Webcam PRO9000 (ID: CAM 126)
    • Primary use: Plug and play USB webcam
    • 1 available
  • Logitech Telecommunications System 
    • Primary Use: Video conferencing system
    • 1 available
  • Owl Labs: Meeting OWL 360° Web Cam 
    • Simplified USB conferencing camera with 360° video capability
    • 1 available

9 available:

  • Zoom Q2HD (ID: CAM 33, 34)
    • Simple point-and-shoot video
    • 2 available
  • Panasonic HC-X900M (ID: CAM 35, 36)
    • Full HD video camera
    • 2 available
  • Panasonic HC-X920K (ID: CAM 60, 63, 178, 179)
    • Full HD video camera, greater capability than the X900M
    • 4 available
  • Canon Vixia HFS20 (ID: CAM 127)
    • Full HD video camera
    • 1 available
  • GoPro Hero 5 Black (ID: CAM 118)
    • Primary use: On-the-go action videography
    • Waterproof up to 10m (33ft)
    • Product Site
  • GoPro Karma Grip (ID: CAM 119)
    • Primary use: A GoPro-specific gimbal to hold the camera. Stabilizes the GoPro to create professional looking footage.
    • The Karma is NOT WATERPROOF and should not be used in conjunction with the GoPro Hero 5 underwater.
    • Product Site
    • Comparison of footage with and without the Karma grip

2 available:

Projectors and Screens
  • Projector (ID: VIDE 66, 506)
    • Primary use: sharing/projecting computer screen
  • Screen (ID: SCRN 80, 82)
    • 5-foot tripod projector screen
  • Screen (ID: SCRN 125)
    • 7-foot tripod projector screen
  • Anchor XTR-600C Portable Speaker (ID: AUDI 76)
    • Primary use: Portable speaker 
    • 1 available, used in conjunction with AUDI 77
  • Anchor XTR-6001 Portable Speaker (Sister) (ID: AUDI 77)
    • Primary Use: Must be used with AUDI 76
    • 1 available, used in conjunction with AUDI 76
  • Soundcraft L16B Portable Lectern (ID: PA 269)
    • Primary use: Tabletop lectern
    • 1 available
  • Liberty MPA-4500 Portable Speaker (ID: AUDI 10468, 10473)
    • Primary use: Portable Speaker with the following connections--IN: Two XLR/One ¼'', OUT: One ¼"
    • 2 available


Dell Canvas

The Dell Canvas is a 27-inch drafting-table tablet great for digital art, video editing, creating CAD for 3D printing, and more.

The Stylus and Totem for the Dell Canvas are available at the AskSLU helpdesk with a SLU ID card.


The ATC has several book scanners and specialty scanners to meet your needs.

Available Scanners include:

  • Book scanners: with available OCR software to convert text scans into word documents
  • Large flatbed scanner: best for high quality images and large files
  • 35mm film scanner
  • Microfilm scanner

Print Workshop

The Print Studio offers professional grade printing, scanning and finishing options to support student projects, conference presentations and other needs you might have. 

When printing a poster, be sure to check if there are any size requirements for your poster and design the file accordingly for the best product. Please save your poster as a PDF for optimal printing. At this time the ATC is only able to accept Billiken Bucks or a department fund code as payment, if applicable.

Large Format Poster Printing

Charge is based on rolling inch (each inch used to make the print) per material used:

  • Banner = $0.50/in, durable and waterproof.
  • Semi-gloss Photo and Art Matte = $0.80/in, not as durable but holds the most vibrant color.
  • Fabric = $1.00/in, super durable and great for long lasting posters or ones that need to travel far.

For more information on large format printing, visit our Creating Posters site.

Advanced Laser Printing

The ATC’s digital press can create photo quality images on a variety of papers.

  • Plain Paper (Letter) = Color: $0.25 B&W: $0.05
  • Plain Paper (Legal) = Color: $0.25 B&W: $0.05
  • Plain Paper (Tabloid) = Color: $0.30 B&W: $0.10
  • Cardstock (Letter) = Color: $0.35 B&W: $0.15
  • Cardstock (Tabloid) = Color: $0.50 B&W: $0.30

The Laserjet printer also has these additional finishing services: C-folds, Z-folds, booklet folds, stapling, and 3-hole punching.

Finishing Services
  • Laminating: $0.50/per foot
  • Mat Cutting: Please schedule at least 30 minutes for your first mat.
    • 8" x 10" = $2.50
    • 11" x 14" = $3.00
    • 16" x 20" = $4.50
    • 20" x 24" = $9.00
    • 32" x 40" = $18.00
  • Dry Mounting: Please schedule at least 30 minutes if this is your first time mounting.
    • 8" x 10" = $1.50
    • 11" x 14" = $2.00
    • 16" x 20" = $4.25
    • 20" x 24" = $7.50
    • 32" x 40" = $15.00

Cutting and Trimming:

  • The ATC houses several sizes of paper cutters for student and faculty use. The cutters are available for use during normal staff hours.