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Welcome to the Tech Desk

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The Tech Desk is staffed with friendly and knowledgeable Stanford students who are ready to help you. Whether you need equipment, want to use a recording studio, pick up a poster, or edit a media project, the Tech Desk has you covered.

View our Tech desk hours and location.

Equipment Checkout

  • All equipment is free for students to check out. 
  • Most are due by 5 pm the next day. Late fees do apply. 
  • All patrons must sign the Patron Agreement Form in advance of check out. Complete the form at the Tech Desk or send a signed form to thetechdesk@stanford.edu.
  • Some equipment is available on a walk-in basis. 
  • Other equipment can be reserved in advance and used for up to a week. 

Find a list of equipment you can reserve in advance at the Patron Portal.

Tech Desk Policies

The Tech Desk asks for all patrons of our services to sign the Patron Agreement form and to adhere to the following policies:

  • All checkouts are expected to be returned by 2pm on the due date specified on the Checkout Confirmation.  
  • Checkouts returned late will be subject to late fees.
  • Patrons with unpaid invoices will not have access to additional Tech Desk resources until the invoice is paid in full.
  • Checkouts overdue by 2 weeks will be charged for the full replacement fees of the equipment checked out. 
  • Returning damaged or broken equipment will result in being charged for the repair or replacement of the equipment.
  • The Tech Desk may reach out to patrons with active checkouts for information relating to the checkout and equipment. We expect responses within 2 weeks of first being contacted.  Should we not receive a response, the due date will be changed to the next business day and Tech Desk checkout privileges may be lost.
  • Policy violations may result in loss of Tech Desk checkout privileges.

Tech Desk Support

Getting Started with Digital Media Production

Tech Desk student staff members are trained in the basic use of digital media equipment and software. If you need a quick orientation on how to use a special camera or how to get started editing a video, just ask. We are happy to help!

How-To Guides

Guides are available for those who have questions on how to use equipment. 

Students can also take advantage of Stanford’s subscription to LinkedIn Learning, which has a wealth of instructional videos on digital media production as well as other topics. 

Visit Stanford LinkedIn Learning website to authenticate with your SUNet ID in order to access the subscription.

Workshops

Tech Desk and other Learning Technologies & Spaces student staff members periodically offer workshops in the Learning Hub. Keep an eye on our homepage or ask when you visit the Tech Desk.