Lending

Hunt A29

About IDeATe Lending

IDeATe has a large inventory of technical and media equipment, physical computing components, and hand tools available to IDeATe students through our borrowing system, IDeATe Lending. The lending system runs much like a library where students can check out items at the Lending Desk using their student ID card. For academic projects, we also sell some basic materials, such as sheet acrylic, plywood, and chipboard, to IDeATe students.

The IDeATe Lending Desk is located at the ground level of Hunt Library directly across from the elevator, in room A29.  Check the current hours.

Access to IDeATe Lending

Any student who takes an IDeATe course in Hunt Library receives access to IDeATe Lending, which they can maintain through the rest of their time at Carnegie Mellon. Any Carnegie Mellon affiliate who does not participate in IDeATe courses can request access to Lending by emailing the details of their request to help@ideate.cmu.edu; approval will be contingent on available resources.

Borrowers must have their Carnegie Mellon ID card ready to present when borrowing an item.

Consumable items for purchase

IDeATe students are able to purchase various consumable materials (such as plywood and acrylic) from the IDeATe Lending Desk. This offers students the convenience of having quick access to materials to use the same day in their projects. See our price list of items commonly available for purchase.

Purchases will be logged at the Lending Desk at the time of checkout. When you purchase materials at IDeATe Lending, you will receive an emailed receipt.  Charges for items will be submitted to student accounts on a regular basis and will appear on statements as “IDeATe materials fee.”

If you have questions about a charge on your account, please email help@ideate.cmu.edu.

Please note, this resource is primarily stocked to accommodate the needs of IDeATe students in IDeATe classes, and is not a storefront. Purchasers must have their Carnegie Mellon ID card ready to present when purchasing material from Lending. IDeATe does not accept Oracle strings, cash, or any other payment form for individual consumable material sale. For those wishing to obtain material for projects outside of IDeATe classes, please visit the CMU Art Store for individual Oracle string or cash purchase requests. The CMU Art Store carries many flat stock items, including acrylic.

If you are an IDeATe instructor and wish to cover the cost of consumable materials for your IDeATe course, please email help@ideate.cmu.edu to discuss arrangements.

Borrowing responsibilities and late return policies

All students are required to be aware of and adhere to the IDeATe Lending Borrower Policy.