• 3K+

    Device checkouts per semester

  • 700

    Digital cameras in our inventory

  • 55+

    16mm cameras available to borrow

Video instructing how to work with the Equipment Distribution Center

Our students and faculty perform professional work, and we want to help them become masters at their craft. The Equipment Distribution Center (EDC) loans professional equipment to students and faculty to fulfill class assignments. The EDC manages all Visual & Media Arts and Journalism equipment, with professional staff and student employees available to provide operational and technical support.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Self-Service Reservations

A select offering of courses permits students to create their own equipment reservations online via our self-service “PatronPortal” system.


The EDC Terms of Use can be found here. All students borrowing equipment from the EDC must read and agree to the EDC Terms of Use before they are able to make reservations. Additionally, all students utilizing Emerson equipment and facilities must abide by all Emerson College, MTP, and VMA/Journalism policies.

COVID-19 Changes

The EDC is committed to the safety of all students, faculty, and staff—we are indeed One Emerson. Please take a moment to review our updated procedures for COVID-19.


The EDC is located at 19 Avery Street, near the Media Arts Gallery at Emerson Contemporary. Our direct number is 617-824-8815 and our e-mail address is edc_staff@emerson.edu.