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The A.V. Closet is a service that allows artists to borrow cameras, lighting equipment, projectors and other audio-visual equipment from our St. Paul location.

IMPORTANT: Beginning immediately, regular A.V. Closet operations will be suspended for the duration of the statewide shelter in place mandate, and no new or existing reservations can be made during this time. Please check back for updates.

Thank you for your understanding. 

Equipment can be borrowed for up to 3 days 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. Borrowers can make reservations online, and pick-up and return equipment at our Lowertown Resource Center during regular business hours.

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 with Springboard staff and an annual fee of $20 to be paid before equipment can be borrowed. Payments can also be made in person at Springboard for the Arts during your orientation, or over the phone with a major credit card. Orientation can be scheduled immediately before equipment is checked out for the first time.

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.


A.V. Closet

Click to register for the program, browse the inventory and make reservations.

Visit the A.V. Closet page
Manual library

A library of PDF versions of equipment manuals.


Springboard Staff

Artist Resources Director