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The A.V. Closet is a Springboard for the Arts service that allows artists to borrow cameras, lighting equipment, projectors and other audio-visual equipment.

NOTE: Starting July 16, 2021, the A.V. Closet is open again for pickup and drop-off hours at our offices at 262 University Avenue W., St. Paul, Minnesota 55103.

Equipment can be borrowed for one week (six overnights from Friday to the following Friday) at no charge, for one rental period per month. You can check out up to six items per rental period. If you need to check out more than six items, contact us to make special arrangements. There is an annual fee of $20. It's also available as a free service to registered members of the Incubator and ReadyGo programs, and to current McKnight artist fellows.

The A.V. Closet has DSLR cameras, light kits, video projectors and screen, tripods, digital recorders and more.

How it works

Public memberships in the AV Closet require a 10-minute orientation phone call with Springboard staff and an annual fee of $20 to be paid before equipment can be borrowed. Payments can be made over the phone with a major credit card or by email invoice.

Can't find it here?

Try another Minnesota-based equipment library:

FilmNorth Equipment Rental: FilmNorth offers rentals on video and audio equipment to members.

Minnesota Tool Library: MTL is a growing community of DIY'ers, makers, and craftspeople who support each other to share skills and knowledge. Members can check out any of over 5,000 tools for a 7-day period at locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

COVID-19 safety precautions

Springboard A.V. Closet staff are fully vaccinated, and will be masked.

All pickups and drop-offs are curbside at our parking lot. You won't be required to come indoors, and upon request, Springboard staff can load the equipment into your trunk for you. The transactions take less than two minutes, in most cases, and occur entirely outside.

Pickups and drop-offs are timed out in 15-minute increments so that only one borrower will be present at a time.

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A.V. Closet

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Springboard Staff

Artist Resources Director