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A Media Commons Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the media production process.

Scholarly Commons

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Scholarly Commons
220 & 306 Main Library

Drop-ins welcome @ 306

306 Service Desk Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 10:30am-7:30 pm
Friday: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00pm - 6:30pm

Room 220 is open for use at all times the Main Library is open.

Phone: 217-244-1331
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Library Resources for Your Production

The Scholarly Commons in the Main Library has equipment available to rent, ranging from Nikon DSLR and Lumix Mirrorless cameras to more professional level gear (available in Pro-Gear Rental) like BlackMagic cameras.

The Scholarly Commons also a smaller, self-use Audio studio and 2 larger Audio booths for a myriad of recording needs, such as recording dialogue for post production, also known as ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement), podcasts, music, etc.

Additionally, there are is a video studio for filming and publicly available green screen. The Video Production studio does require additional training.

Furthermore, Pro-Gear Rental, as stated, offers professional film equipment for a small, daily fee. With the exception of Pro-Gear rental, the studio spaces and non Pro-Gear equipment are free to use to all University of Illinois students, staff, and faculty.

For more information on the Scholarly Commons studios, please check out our website