The Patron Portal can be found online at:
PPECS & MCR Patron Portal Troubleshooting
Accessing Patron Portal
The Patron Portal can be found online at:
Log-in using your Ithaca College NetPass
Sign in to Patron Portal with your NetPass credentials.
Choose a Checkout Center
After logging in, choose the checkout center that applies to you. PPECS (Park 113) is where most portable equipment can be found. PPECS Pro is where advanced cameras and equipment are found. MCR (Park 159) is where you will find studios, rooms, editors and other fixed facilities. Equipment Testing is where advanced equipment workshops and certifications can be booked.
Message of the Day
You will be presented with a “Message of the Day”. Please read this message as it contains useful information regarding policies, reservations, and checkout and return procedures.
Select Type of Reservation
For portable equipment select the type “PORTABLE EQUIPMENT: Reserve Only These Resources”
Selecting and Reserving Gear
The Home page that appears shows different categories of gear (i.e. lighting, microphone, still photo camera, video camera). Simply navigate to the gear that you want.
To illustrate, let’s check out a video camera. First, in Select Type, choose “Video Camera (Choose Only One).”
Selecting a Specific Resource Type
Under Video Cameras are sub-categories that are “C100 Documentary Camera”, “Sony PXW-Z150”, “Video Camera Supports” and more.
Choose Your Item
For this example choose “Sony PXW-Z150” and a new page will open showing information about the camera and a list of Z150 cameras below. Click on “Add” to put the chosen camera in your cart.
Repeat this process as necessary to add all of your needed items into your shopping cart.
Add to Cart and Create A Reservation
Once you are finished, navigate to the top right of the portal page and click on the “cart” icon.
Review Your Cart
Review your items, and you will then be prompted to create a reservation.
What To Do If a Selected Resource is Unavailable
If a resource is unavailable during your requested times, you will be provided with two options. In this example Arri 1K Fresnel # T108 is unavailable, “Check for Replacement” will look for a different unit number of the same resource type. View timeline will show you when that specific resource number will become available.
Add Non-Reservable Resources
On the line labeled “Note to Checkout Center” you will list any non-reservable items for your order such as batteries, tripods, slates, stingers, etc. These are resources which the checkout center has many of and are not reservable on the Patron Portal. Upon receiving your note, checkout center staff will add the requested quantity to your order.
Errors Are Normal
It is normal to have errors at first which will need to be corrected in order to proceed. We didn't create this system, but we are doing our best to make it work for you!
If no errors are present, click "Submit Reservation."
Error Messages & Fixes
Below you will find common error messages along with solutions to help you make your reservation. With patience and practice, you'll be a pro at this process in no time.
Terms & Conditions
This error indicates you must check the box indicating you have read the terms and conditions of your order. This is where you accept financial responsibility for your equipment while it is in your possession.
This indicates that you must add an event title to your reservation. This is typically the name of the class for which the equipment is being reserved.
Change Pickup Day
When you receive this message, it means pickups cannot be made on your selected day. You must return to the top of the screen and change your pickup day to a day where pickups are allowed. Pickups are allowed Tuesday through Thursday 1pm to 4pm and Friday 10am to 4pm.
Change Return Day
This indicates returns cannot be made on your selected day. In order to place the reservation, you must change your return day to a day of the week which allows returns. Returns can be made on Mondays from 10am to 4pm and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10am to 12:30pm.
Change Pickup or Return Hours
This indicates that your pickup and/or return is scheduled outside of PPECS hours. PPECS is open from 10AM to 4PM Monday through Friday.
Book in Advance
This message means that you have not booked your reservation far enough in advance. 48 hours advance notice is required for PPECS and 72 hours advance notice for PPECS Pro. To continue, you will need to adjust your pickup time later to adhere to at least 48 or 72 hours in advance respectively.
Return Time AFTER Pickup Time
When selecting a date and time the return time must be after the pickup time. This means if a pickup on a Friday then the next available time to return it would be Monday of the next week. Make sure to double check in the system when choosing reservation times so the pickup time comes first and the return time comes last. If it does not follow this order the system will not allow for the reservation and this notification will appear.
Resource Not Available
This indicates the selected resource is unavailable during your selected times. Either select a different resource number of the same time, or adjust your dates to a time when that specific item is available.