Lecterns & Podiums


Adjustable-Height Floor Lectern: Adjustable-height floor lectern generally refers to a full-sized lectern with wood-tone finish, featuring an angled top that adjusts up to 10” in height for customized setup and use.

Carpeted Floor Lectern: Carpeted floor lectern is a standing-height lectern unit with the frame covered in durable carpeting, designed to provide a professional appearance with versatile use. The carpeted frame accepts Velcro for quick, changeable display use, and the carpet covering resists the appearance of scuffs and wear from regular use. The carpeted base may also enhance sound projection in enclosed venues.

Carpeted Folding Floor Lectern: Carpeted folding floor lectern describes a standing floor lectern with carpet covering on the front and sides, that folds for easy transport and storage.

Carpeted Tabletop Lectern: Carpeted tabletop lectern is a portable lectern unit designed for use on table or desk surfaces. The sides and front of the frame are covered in durable carpeting, with a Velcro-friendly design for convenience.

Cart Lectern with Sound: Cart lectern with sound is a cart-style lectern with a locking storage compartment, built-in power strip, and integrated cable management for modern technology support. The enhanced design contains speaker, microphone, and audio controls for lecture or presentation support.

Cart-Style Lectern: Cart-style lectern is a mobile lectern unit with a concealed, locking laptop storage compartment, locking storage in the base, and integrated wire management with a built-in power strip for convenient technology support. A folding shelf at the side provides an additional work surface as needed.

Clear Acrylic Lectern with Shelf: A clear acrylic lectern with shelf is a full-sized floor lectern with an angled top and a shelf within the frame for convenient use, all constructed from clear acrylic components for a unique, modern appearance.

Clear Acrylic “V” Shaped Lectern: The clear acrylic “V” shaped lectern is a standing-height lectern with an angled top and stable base, featuring a V-shaped pedestal support frame connecting the lectern top and the base. The entire unit is composed of clear acrylic pieces for a unique contemporary design.

Combo Floor Lectern: Combo floor lectern generally refers to a full-sized, technology-enhanced standing lectern with integrated audio support, locking storage compartment(s), and casters for mobility. The top platform surface may be flat or angled, depending on the product design, and most combo floor lectern units include speakers, microphone, and other essentials ready for immediate use.

Curved-Style Clear Acrylic Lectern: The curved-style clear acrylic lectern features a unique design composed entirely of clear acrylic pieces, with a classic-style angled lectern top surface and a stabilizing base. The frame consists of an X-style assembly with decorative hourglass-like curve.

Deluxe Tabletop Lectern: Deluxe tabletop lectern is a portable, lightweight, and durable lectern unit designed to rest on tables or desks. The base offers cubbyhole storage underneath, and cutouts at the sides support technology cables for neatness. The angled top has a pencil groove along the bottom edge to keep writing utensils within reach.

Floor Lectern: Floor lectern describes standing-height angled work surfaces set on a narrow or full-sized pedestal base for use during a lecture, presentation, speech, or other performance. An angled top will have a bookstop edge along the bottom, and the base rests on the floor while providing comfortable access to the top while standing.

Floor Lectern with Digital Display: Floor lectern with digital display generally refers to a versatile, full-sized standing lectern unit, with an integrated 15” LCD display screen built into the frame for use with visual aids. A remote control operates the display for convenience.

Floor Lectern with Digital Display and Sound: Floor lectern with digital display and sound is a full-sized lectern with a built-in 15” LCD display screen and mounted speakers for audiovisual support. The screen can be operated by remote control for convenience and the sound is sufficient for audiences of up to 900 people.

Floor Lectern with Wireless Handheld Microphone: Floor lectern with wireless handheld microphone refers to a classic-style full-sized lectern with a standing-height layout, enhanced for audio support. The lectern unit comes with a wireless microphone in classic handheld design, for use while moving around or with a flexible gooseneck support component for hands-free use.

Freestanding Lectern: Freestanding lectern generally refers to floor lecterns with standing-height that function as individual, independent units. A freestanding lectern does not require additional components for setup and use. The base may be stationary or set on casters for mobility, depending on the lectern model.

Full-Size Lectern: A full-size lectern typically has a uniform width of over 20” and a cabinet or box style design for the frame. The full-size lectern stands on the floor and offers an average 46” to 47” height for standing access to the top surface, which is either flat or angled depending on the model. Angled surfaces are almost always enhanced by a bookstop along the lower edge to support reading materials and writing utensils during use.

Laminate Floor Lectern: Laminate floor lectern refers to a lectern style made with open-shelf storage built into a full-sized base. The top lectern surface is surrounded on the sides and back with raised privacy panels to frame the speaker, and the entire unit is finished in durable laminate for a lasting appearance and easy upkeep.

Laminate Multimedia Lectern: Laminate multimedia lectern is a full-sized lectern unit with durable laminate finish, featuring a locking two-door cabinet, integrated technology support, front access panel, and a pull-out document camera drawer for complete lecture or presentation support. The base is set on casters for mobility.

Laptop Speaker Stand: Laptop speaker stand refers to a portable lectern-style unit with stabilizing base set on casters for mobility. The post-style frame adjusts in height for convenience and the top surface contains a slide-out shelf and a bookstop lower edge for lectern-style support. The lectern top can be adjusted to one of three preset angles for optimal use.

Lectern: Lectern refers to a variety of products typically designed with a pedestal-style base supporting an angled or flat top platform for resting a book or notes in aid of a presentation or speech. The speaker stands behind the lectern for access to the top surface. Lecterns with angled tops feature a bookstop or raised component along the bottom edge to hold books, writing utensils, or notes in place.

Lectern Non-Sound: Lectern non-sound, or lectern without sound, refers to presentation lecterns designed with a frame and angled platform top, but no built-in speakers or microphone. Lecterns designed without integrated audio support are best used in smaller settings such as a classroom, office, or other small-audience venue.

Lectern with Full Pedestal: Lectern with full pedestal generally describes a classic lectern design with column-style base. The pedestal may be open on the speaker’s side for use as a storage compartment for supplies or personal items, depending on the design.

Lectern with Sound: Lectern with sound is a technology-enhanced presentation lectern with an integrated wire system including speaker(s) and control settings for audio support. The lectern with sound generally includes at least one speaker built into the frame, a panel for controlling sound output, and a microphone with options for customizing to suit different needs.

Library Podium: Library podium typically refers to a mobile, standing lectern unit with casters on the base and an angled top surface for presentation and lecture use. The open-style base contains fixed storage shelves and a slide-out keyboard shelf. The top surface features a bookstop along the lower edge for support.

Library Research Kiosk: Library research kiosk is a lectern-style floor standing unit with flat top and open-front shelves, designed to provide space for a library computer catalog or other reference materials and tools. The top surface is surrounded on the back and sides by raised edges in a traditional lectern-style, and the frame can support a computer or other items for staff or patron use.

Library Research Kiosk with Keyboard Tray: Library research kiosk with keyboard tray is a floor standing lectern-style product with a flat top surface featuring raised edges on the back and sides. A keyboard tray supports a computer keyboard with room on the top for a computer monitor or other systems.

Lighted Lectern: Lighted lectern describes lectern products, often with an angled platform surface, enhanced by a built-in light for reading notes during a lecture, presentation, or speech. The angled-top lecterns will have a bookstop edge along the bottom of the work surface to hold books, notes, and writing utensils. The built-in light unit provides sufficient light for reading notes without distracting the speaker or audience.

Mobile Floor Lectern: A mobile floor lectern is a flat-top or angled-top presentation stand with built-in open-shelf storage and casters for mobility. The casters are often concealed on the front and sides, and the work surface is set at a height that supports comfortable access while standing.

Mobile Lectern: Mobile lectern generally describes standing-height lectern units with a flat or angled top platform surface, designed with casters on the base for easy mobility. Full-size mobile lecterns often have concealed casters for a non-mobile appearance when viewed from the front or sides.

Mobile Media Center Cart with Lectern: Mobile Media Center Cart with Lectern is a contemporary lectern alternative with a classic angled lectern top. Casters at the bottom of the base provide mobility, and an adjustable platform at the side supports additional equipment. The base contains variations between models, with locking storage for securing equipment when not in use. The storage capacity is sufficient for a PC or other technology, and the frame is speaker-ready for mounting audio equipment.

Mobile Pedestal Lectern: Mobile pedestal lectern generally refers to lectern units made with a storage pedestal-base set on casters for easy mobility. The pedestal base may contain a cabinet, storage drawers and/or file drawers depending on the design. Simple pedestal lecterns may feature a post-style pedestal base set on casters, supporting the lectern top for mobile use.

Mobile Podium with Doors: Mobile podium with doors describes a full-sized lectern unit with casters for mobility, featuring a flat or angled top surface and a cabinet built into the base. The casters typically contain locks for stabilizing the lectern during use or storage, and the cabinet often contains one or more adjustable shelves for convenience.

Mobile Podium with Drawers: Mobile podium with drawers generally describes a flat-top lectern unit set on casters for portability, with storage and/or file drawers built into the frame for organizing tools and essentials. The drawers may be combined with open-shelf storage within the base in select models.

Mobile Podium with Shelf and Drawer: Mobile podium with shelf and drawer typically refers to a full-sized lectern unit with a flat top or angled top, depending on the design, featuring an open-shelf storage space built into the base and a storage or file drawer for flexible use. The frame is set on casters, often with locking casters for safe storage and use of the unit.

Modular Teacher’s Desk Mobile File Pedestal Cabinet: Modular Teacher’s Desk Mobile File Pedestal Cabinet refers to a mobile lectern-style unit with casters under the base and an angled top surface for presentation or lecture use. The base contains an office-style pedestal with file and storage drawers that secure with a shared lock.

Modular Teacher’s Desk Mobile Podium: Modular Teacher’s Desk Mobile Podium is an angled podium-style or lectern-style top surface set above a locking cabinet that forms the base. The unit has casters for mobility and provides an Audio-Visual port panel for convenient technology support.

Multimedia Lectern with LCD Screen: Multimedia Lectern with LCD Screen is an enhanced lectern featuring a full-sized base with open storage shelves. Integrated technology features include a concealed data port panel, VGA port, Stereo Audio support, 110V power outlet(s) and a 17” front-mounted LCD screen for displaying video or other presentation visuals.

Multimedia Presentation Podium: Multimedia presentation podium describes a full-sized lectern unit with folding side shelves and integrated sound, complete with a gooseneck microphone and a wireless microphone set. The base has a built-in cabinet with a lock to secure multimedia equipment when not in use.

Multimedia Smart Podium: Multimedia Smart Podium refers to a technology-enhanced lectern unit with a built-in sound system, gooseneck microphone, handheld-wired microphone, and ample storage space for a PC complete with a pullout keyboard tray. Locks secure compartments for safekeeping of equipment when not in use and the base contains built-in speakers for an audience with up to 1500 people.

Multimedia Workstation: Multimedia workstation is a full support center for multimedia presentation or lecture equipment, with a locking cabinet in the base and a locking pull-out document camera drawer at the side. A front access panel provides secure access to equipment for ease of use, and integrated wire management keeps technology organized within. The base contains sufficient space for a CPU and full computer system as well, and a full keyboard tray stows beneath the top work surface for quick access.

Multipurpose Lectern Cart: Multipurpose lectern cart can refer to a mobile, office-ready cart with a flat top surface and a built-in non-locking cabinet, standing just over 49”-tall for use as a lectern or presentation station. The frame includes two swivel cup holders at the sides, an open-shelf storage compartment, and a two-door cabinet with two shelves inside for organizing supplies and presentation essentials.

Podium: Podium refers to a variety of presentation platforms, traditionally made with a raised base for standing above the audience enabling a clearer view of the speaker and better voice projection.

Portable Presentation Lectern: Portable presentation lectern is a lightweight, adjustable lectern with angled top surface featuring a bookstop edge to hold a reference book, notes, and/or writing utensils during use. The X-base design stabilizes with adjustable levelers to reduce unwanted wobbling or movement.

Teacher’s Cart Lectern: Teacher’s Cart Lectern is a tabletop-style lectern product with a short base-height designed to rest on a desk, cart, or tabletop. The top is often angled, with a fixed or adjustable bookstop edge at the bottom to support a reference book, notes, and/or writing utensils.

Stand Up Lectern: Stand up lectern describes a tall lectern unit, with a base that rests on a floor or stage platform and offers standing-height access to the top surface. The top is often angled, with a bookstop edge along the bottom, and the base may contain open-front shelves for cubbyhole storage use by the lecturer or presenter.

Two Section Lectern: Two Section Lectern is a two-piece lectern unit with a mobile base and cubbyhole-style storage compartment in the lower section. The upper section can serve as a standing-height lectern, when paired with the lectern base, or serve as a tabletop lectern when removed from the base and placed on a desk or table.

Pedestal Lectern: Pedestal lectern can refer to lectern units designed with a storage pedestal base, such as those with built-in cabinet or drawer storage. It can also refer to lecterns with a classic post-style pedestal design set on a stabilizing base element, without the built-in storage features.

Portable Carpeted Lecternette: Portable Carpeted Lecternette refers to a tabletop-style lectern with carpet covering, designed for portability. The enhanced unit contains built-in audio support, a main control panel with a battery indicator, a rear auxiliary panel for a second microphone, and a mounting arm for screen display or other equipment.

Projector Lectern Cart: Projector lectern cart generally refers to a full-height lectern-style unit set on casters for mobility, with an additional or side platform surface made to support a projector. The base may contain open or closed storage compartments, depending on the model design features, and the lectern top surface is typically raised above the projector surface and often angled with a lower bookstop edge for classic-style lectern use.

Standard Height Lectern: Standard height lectern is a classic-style, floor-standing lectern with fixed-height set at 46” to provide comfortable use during a lecture, presentation, or speech. The lectern unit may contain built-in speakers, a sound system, and a microphone depending on the design.

Tabletop Lectern: Tabletop lectern typically describes an angled work surface with a lower bookstop edge, designed without a full base to accommodate placement on a tabletop or desk. The frame of the tabletop lectern often forms a cubbyhole with the table surface, providing space for the speaker’s notes, books, and personal items while in use.

Traditional-Style Lectern Stand: Traditional-style lectern stand units are designed with wood-tone finish options, a full-sized base with open or closed storage, and an angled platform at the top of the stand, usually with a bookstop edge to keep a book, notes, or writing utensils in place.

Wireless Lectern: Wireless lectern is an enhanced lectern with an integrated sound system, designed to work with a wireless microphone and transmitter unit or with a traditional wired microphone, for versatile use.

Wood Veneer Tabletop Lectern with Base: Wood Veneer Tabletop Lectern with Base is a combined product with tabletop lectern set on a mobile base for full-sized lectern use. The product is finished with wood veneers, over a plywood core, for a classic all-wood appearance at affordable rates.


Adjustable-Height Lectern Surface: Adjustable-height lectern surface describes the top work surface of a lectern unit, either flat or angled, that adjusts in height for convenient access by different users.

Adjustable-Height Platform: Adjustable-height platform often indicates the top platform surface of a lectern can be raised above the base to accommodate taller users as needed. This typically involves a telescoping-style base assembly.

Adjustable Shock-Mounted Arm: Adjustable shock-mounted arm is a microphone or device-support element that can be adjusted for different users standing at the lectern. The adjustable shock-mounted arm provides stable support to prevent interference from surrounding noise and typical use.

Articulating Platform Top: Articulating platform top refers to lectern platform surfaces that can be adjusted, often in angle as well as height, for personalized comfort and use.

Base Cabinet: Base cabinet describes a one-door or two-door cabinet found within the base of a lectern or podium. A base cabinet typically has a fixed bottom shelf and may include a fixed or adjustable middle shelf or shelves. Base cabinets may be locking or non-locking, depending on the design.

Battery Indicator: Battery indicator is a light positioned for easy viewing by the speaker or presenter standing at the lectern designed to show the remaining battery capacity when using an enhanced lectern with sound support run by a rechargeable battery.

Book Retainer: Book retainer refers to a raised element found on the lower edge of angled lectern surfaces designed to support a book, notes, and/or writing utensils so they remain in place and within reach during use of the lectern.

Built-In Cable Management: Built-in cable management describes cutouts, grommet holes, and other features that enable neater technology setup by containing and organizing cables, power cords, and wires within and throughout the lectern unit.

Built-In Jensen Speakers: Built-in Jensen speakers refer to the use of Jensen (brand) speakers for integrating sound support within a lectern unit. Lecterns with built-in speakers will indicate the audience capacity the given speaker configuration can usually accommodate.

Built-In LCD Screen: Built-in LCD screen indicates the presence of an LCD view screen or display, usually installed in the front, audience-facing panel of the lectern frame. The typical built-in LCD screen is 15” or 17” depending on the size of the lectern and specific lectern design features.

Built-In Power Strip: A built-in power strip is a multi-outlet electrical strip with extension cord, designed to supply power to audiovisual equipment stored within the lectern while only needing one nearby electrical outlet for power supply.

Cable Access on Sides and Bottom: Lectern and podium units with cable access on sides and bottom have grommet holes or other cutouts located in the bottom shelf and side panels to allow wires, power cords, and cables to pass through the frame to reach electrical outlets and equipment with neater, organized overall arrangement.

Cabling Grommets: Cabling grommets are strategically placed cutouts within a lectern or podium frame that permit wires, cables, and power cords to pass through a surface or panel for a neater technology setup.

Cable Pass-Through: Cable pass-through is a channel, cable chase, or grommet hole that permit cables and wires to pass through solid frame panels for neater technology setup and use.

Casters: Casters are wheels, often in a dual-wheel design, that provide support and mobility for many lectern units. Some casters contain locks or parking brakes to stabilize the mobile lectern during use or storage for safety.

Center Divider: A center divider generally refers to a vertical dividing panel found within a lectern cabinet or base, separating the compartment into distinct left and right halves.

Clock Timer with LED Light: Clock timer with LED light is a timing mechanism included with select lectern products for tracking the length of a speech, presentation, or lecture for ensuring sufficient audience breaks or presentation time limits. The LED light keeps the clock timer visible by the speaker without distracting from the performance.

Computer-Friendly Top: Computer-friendly top indicates the work surface of the lectern or podium unit can support a computer monitor and often contains a cutout or grommet hole for integrated wire management to keep setup and use neat.

Concealed Laptop Compartment: A concealed laptop compartment generally refers to the sliding top surface panel on select lectern and podium units, designed to store a laptop or similar device within the underlying compartment and conceal the storage area when not in use. The sliding top cover secures with a lock to restrict access.

Cushioned Paper Stop Edge: A cushioned paper stop edge is a raised component along the bottom edge of an angled lectern top surface, designed to keep papers, notes, and other essentials from sliding off the angled surface during use.

Dash-Mounted Gain Control Panel: Dash-mounted gain control panel is a control panel located at the top of the lectern, providing easy reach to the microphone and sound controls for the speaker, simplifying use of the controls during a presentation or lecture.

Detachable Speakers: Detachable speakers are audio speakers that mount to the sides of a given lectern unit and can be detached as desired or for more compact storage when not in use.

Digital Clock: A digital clock is found on select enhanced lectern units, included to provide the speaker with the time when faced with a time limit for classes, lectures, or seminars, or to include sufficient breaks during longer events.

Dynamic Gooseneck Microphone: Dynamic gooseneck microphone is a flexible, repositionable microphone, set on a gooseneck arm that allows users to move and adjust the microphone for personalized comfort and use.

Dynamic Handheld Microphone: Dynamic handheld microphone is a quality handheld microphone device with traditional design that comes with select lectern products for use in lectures, seminars, and presentations with the integrated sound system and speaker(s).

Electret Microphone: An electret microphone is a type of microphone designed to utilize an induction-based electric charge without the need for polarization of the voltage. The electret microphone design is considered to offer consistent high-quality sound and is favored in the design of mobile phones and recording devices for its quality.

Extension Speaker Output: Extension speaker output refers to the ability to add speakers to an enhanced lectern unit for greater audience capacity and increased audio support.

File Drawer: File drawer is a customized storage drawer found within select lectern products designed to accommodate file folder storage and usually enhanced with a lock for security. File drawers may accept letter-sized, legal-sized, and/or European-sized file folders depending on the lectern or podium model and individual design features.

Fixed Shelf: Fixed shelf describes a shelf that has one position within a lectern frame, usually at the base but any shelf may be fixed within the frame depending on the lectern design. Fixed shelves enhance stability of the overall frame structure by preventing movement of the frame components that can loosen connections over time.

Flashdrive-Use: Flashdrive-use refers to an enhanced lectern that can accept a USB flashdrive or thumbdrive for presenting data, video, images, or other presentation and lecture visual aids.

Flip-Up Access Door: Flip-up access door generally refers to an enclosing lid on the top of a lectern or podium concealing a control panel, data ports, or a storage compartment. The door is attached by hinge or pivot joints to accommodate flip-up access.

Fold-Down Side Shelf: Fold-down side shelf refers to a shelf attached to the side panel of a lectern or podium unit, usually attached with a hinge-like connector that allows the shelf to open for use or rest against the side when not in use.

Front Access Panel: Front access panel often indicates the presence of a panel at the front, audience-facing, side of the lectern that permits access to the backs of equipment stored within the base.

Hidden Casters: Hidden casters are wheels, normally in dual-wheel configurations, installed underneath a lectern or podium base within a concealed section formed by the front and side panels of the lectern or podium frame. The panels extend nearly to the floor, providing a stationary, non-mobile look when viewed from the front or sides.

Independent Gain Control for Optional Second Microphone: Independent gain control for optional second microphone refers to the ability to add a second microphone to an enhanced lectern, and provide stable sound output from the optional second microphone, with controls that are separate from the primary microphone.

Individual Locks: Individual locks indicate the use of separate locking mechanisms on each lockable compartment, door, drawer, or lid. Individual locks may be keyed alike but still limit access to all compartments at once for added security.

Integral Widescreen Display: An integral widescreen display is a built-in monitor, usually an LCD monitor, incorporated with the design of an enhanced lectern. The screen provides a widescreen visual display for use in presentations, lectures, and seminars.

Keyboard Tray, Keyboard Shelf: Keyboard tray or keyboard shelf refers to a fixed or slide-out shelf that supports a keyboard for computer use. Many keyboard shelves are wide enough to support both a keyboard and mouse, for convenience.

Lectern Base: Lectern base generally refers to a portable cart-style unit set on casters for mobility, with a flat top surface that can support a coordinating tabletop lectern for complete lectern use. The lectern base can alternatively be used with a projector or other equipment as a multimedia or audiovisual cart.

Leveling Glides: Leveling glides are floor-safe elements found at the base of stationary lecterns and reading stands, often with an adjustable height that allows the user to increase or decrease height independently at each of the four corners of the base to reduce unwanted movement and wobbling on uneven floors.

Locking Cabinet: Locking cabinet refers to a one-door or two-door storage compartment within the base of a lectern or podium, secured by a lock to prevent access when not in use.

Locking Casters: Locking casters are caster wheels with a parking brake or wheel lock mechanism that prevents rolling of the lectern during storage or use when the lock is engaged for added safety.

Locking Doors: Locking doors are cabinet doors that contain locks for security. Locks are often keyed locks and may be shared between compartments, with a single lock securing multiple storage areas, or feature individual locks on each separate storage area, depending on the lectern design features.

Multimedia Stereo Amplifier: Multimedia stereo amplifier indicates the integration of audio support within the lectern, such as an amp or speakers, for stereo sound production and multimedia product use.

Optional AV Panel: Optional AV panel is the option to enhance a select lectern or podium unit with an audiovisual panel, usually containing sound jacks for a microphone, speakers, and video display to enhance presentation, lecture, or seminar performance.

Optional Brass Lamp: Optional brass lamp is the choice to add a classic-style brass reading lamp to the lectern or podium unit for comfortable viewing of notes and reference materials in darker, low-light venues.

Optional Rechargeable Battery: Optional rechargeable battery is the option to add a rechargeable battery to the lectern or podium order, supporting flexible use of the enhanced unit without the need for a nearby power outlet.

Optional 16-Space Rack Mount Locking Cabinet: Optional 16-space rack mount locking cabinet is a locking cabinet-style compartment within a technology-friendly lectern that contains a 16-space mounting rack for audiovisual and/or computer equipment.

Padded Wrist Rest: Padded wrist rest refers to a cushioned element along the front of a work surface or keyboard tray for supporting wrists during computer use while at the lectern or podium unit.

Paper Stop / Book Stop: Paper stop or book stop refers to a raised or an attached component along the bottom edge of an angled surface, usually found on a podium or lectern, designed to prevent writing utensils, notes, papers, and/or books from sliding completely off the angled reading surface.

Pencil Groove: Pencil groove is a subtle indent or line-style groove, usually located along the bottom edge of an angled work surface, designed to hold a pencil or writing utensil in place and prevent it from rolling off the angled surface.

Power Cord Storage: Power cord storage is a built-in cord-wrap or compartment designed to hold an extension cord or power cord for safe, neat storage when not in use.

Privacy Edges: Privacy edges are raised panels on the front, audience-facing side of a lectern and the side panels, surrounding the lectern top surface and providing some privacy for the speaker’s notes and reference materials.

Pull-Out Shelf: Pull-out shelf can refer to side shelves or main shelves that are set on drawer slides for sliding pull-out access to contents. Atlas and dictionary stands often have pull-out shelves to hold larger and heavier books that don’t typically fit on standard library shelving.

Reading Lamp: Reading lamp is a low-light lamp attached to the top of a lectern or podium to provide sufficient reading light for viewing notes and reference materials during a presentation, lecture, or seminar set in lower-light venues. The reading lamp provides sufficient lighting for the speaker without disturbing the audience or distracting from the presentation.

Rear-Mounted Casters: Rear-mounted casters generally refer to a set of two casters placed on the back corners of the lectern or podium base, designed to accommodate a lift-and-roll mobility feature for moving the lectern or podium without the full mobility of four casters.

Recessed Lamp: Recessed lamp generally refers to the addition of a reading light on select lectern and podium units, set within the frame, usually within the privacy panels surrounding the reading platform surface. The recessed lamp is designed to provide sufficient light for viewing notes and reference materials without distracting the speaker or audience.

Removable Locking Front Panel: Removable locking front panel is a front access panel that secures with a lock for safekeeping and can be removed to permit access to contents within the lectern. The removable front panel allows users to access the backs of equipment inside enhanced lecterns without having to remove the equipment from the storage compartment or mounting rack.

Reversible Front Panel: Reversible front panel refers to the front insert panel on select full-sized lectern products, with smooth surface finish on one side and cross logo on the opposite side, ready for church use if desired.

SD-Card Use: SD-card use refers to an enhanced lectern that can accept an SD memory card for image and video presentation or other data support.

Secure Storage Compartments: Secure storage compartments refer to drawers, cabinets, and lid-covered compartments within a lectern or podium that are enhanced with locks for safekeeping of the stored contents.

Shared Lock: A shared lock is a single lock that secures multiple compartments, drawers, or cabinet doors in a lectern or podium.

Slide-Out Keyboard Drawer: A slide-out keyboard drawer is a shelf-like platform installed within a lectern or podium frame, usually directly beneath the top work surface. The keyboard drawer is assembled with drawer slides to allow the platform shelf to pull out from within the frame for access to a computer keyboard as needed.

Speaker Stand: Speaker stand typically refers to a mobile platform surface with adjustable height, designed to accommodate use as a lectern with a bookstop edge along the bottom of the platform surface to hold books, notes, writing utensils, tablet PC, or laptop in place.

Storage Shelf: Storage shelf can refer to an open or enclosed shelf found within the base or frame of a lectern or podium. Many storage shelves are fixed in place, adding stability to the overall frame structure.

Swivel Casters: Swivel casters are caster wheels with a swivel-mount assembly that permits 360° rotating motion for enhanced, easier maneuvering of the lectern while in motion.

Swivel Cup Holders: Swivel cup holders are cup holders that attach to the sides of select lectern units with a swivel or pivot joint that allows the cup holder to move for comfortable reach by the lectern user.

Telescoping Base: Telescoping base generally indicates an adjustable-height feature on a lectern or podium product, with two-piece base assembly that adjusts in height with one base component fitting within the other and extending or retracting for taller or shorter lectern height, as needed.

USB Port: USB port indicates the presence of at least one USB port for using a USB flashdrive or other USB connections to enhance lectern use.

Utility Drawer: Utility drawer describes a storage drawer, typically made smaller than a file drawer, that offers storage and organizing space for small office supplies, personal items, reference materials, and other essentials to support use of the lectern or podium for lectures, presentations, and seminars. A utility drawer may contain an independent lock or secure with other storage compartments with a shared lock on select lectern models.

Ventilation Louvers: Ventilation louvers are distinct cutouts or openings, usually found on panels containing a storage compartment used with electronic equipment to allow airflow and ventilation.

VGA Port: VGA port indicates the presence of a video port for connecting the enhanced lectern to a computer monitor or other display.

Wireless Lapel Mic: Wireless lapel mic is a microphone and transmitter set, designed to be worn on the lapel of a sports coat or suit jacket, for a hands-free performance, speech, or presentation. The lapel microphone is connected to the transmitter, usually worn at the back of the speaker’s belt to keep out of sight, and the set works with the lectern’s receiver and speaker setup for clear voice projection to the audience.

Wireless Microphone and Transmitter: Wireless microphone and transmitter is a convenient lectern accessory that permits the speaker freedom to move some distance from the lectern, with a built-in receiver for sound projection through the integrated speaker system. The wireless microphone can be worn by the speaker, along with the transmitter, which sends the sound to the speakers of the lectern for projecting to the audience.

Wireless UHF Receiver: Wireless UHF receiver is a microphone receiver designed to pickup the transmissions of a wireless microphone and transmitter set, and project through the speaker(s) of a lectern with an integrated sound system, for quality performance during a presentation or lecture.

X-Base: X-base describes the base design of select lecterns and reading stands with a post-like frame and X-shaped stabilizing base. The X-base often features leveling glides that adjust to reduce wobbling on uneven floors. The crisscrossed layout of the base design helps stabilize the reading platform at the top and prevent tipping.

4-Outlet Power Strip: A 4-outlet power strip is an electrical power supply unit installed within select lecterns, supplied by an extension cord that reaches a nearby wall or floor outlet for electricity. The power strip contains four outlets, usually 3-prong outlets, to support audiovisual and electrical equipment for enhanced lectures, seminars, and presentations.

16-Channel Wireless Receiver: A 16-channel wireless receiver is an audio support element within enhanced lectern products, designed to receive the transmitted sound from a wireless microphone and transmitter on one of 16 available channels, for quality sound support and use during a presentation, lecture, or seminar.

360° Rotating Top Surface: Lecterns listed as having 360° rotating top surface typically include an angled top surface that can pivot completely around, providing access to the lectern from any approach without moving the entire base.

Construction Materials

Adjustable-Height Platform: Adjustable-height platform refers to the top surface of a lectern or podium, set on an adjustable assembly that permits the user to raise or lower the platform as desired.

Adjustable Metal Stop: Adjustable metal stop describes the bookstop component on select lectern products such as the revolving dictionary stand. The metal stop has a keyhole-style design that adjusts for raised bookstop use or for a bookstop-free, level platform surface to suit different needs.

Arched Detailing: Arched detailing can refer to the use of arches or curved shaping in the frame, top, or trim that comprises a lectern or podium unit. Arched detailing on the top surface generally indicates the lectern top has a curved audience-facing edge for larger surface area and decorative effect. Arched detailing within the frame of a lectern or podium often indicates a curved insert panel at the front for decoration, which may also combine with a curved frame that is taller on the audience-facing side.

Black Cloth Grille Front: Black cloth grille front is an insert panel found at the audience-facing front portion of select lecterns, composed of black cloth for an attractive contrast to the wood finish of the overall lectern frame. The black cloth grille front often covers the speakers on select lecterns with integrated sound capabilities.

Black Laminate Wear-Resistant Top: Black laminate wear-resistant top refers to the work surface finish on select lectern products. The work surface is finished with durable laminate in black for an easy-clean, wear-resistant surface that maintains quality appearance while enduring regular use. Laminate is typically scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and heat-resistant, offering greater durability than wood veneer, solid wood, or similar finishes.

Black-Stained Pine Base: Black-stained pine base describes the base components of a select lectern or lectern-style cart, made of natural pine (wood) and stained with wood stain in a black tone for professional appearance and style. The black wood stain may have a solid, opaque color or provide a deep black with wood grain still visible, depending on the product design.

Black T-Mold Edge: Black T-mold edge is a vinyl band that resembles the letter T when viewed from one end. The stem of the T-shape is bonded or pressed into a customized groove around the edges of core panels forming a lectern or podium, and the top of the T-shape is pressed against the edges for a protective covering that completes the design.

Bottom Shelf Cutout: Bottom shelf cutout often indicates the base shelf of a lectern or podium is cut inward, allowing more room for the speaker to stand closer to the frame while maintaining the added frame stability of a complete bottom shelf.

Cam-Lock Assembly: Cam-lock assembly is an easy-assemble design feature that combines predrilled holes, of different sizes, with round cams and screw-in pins. When combined, the pin inserts through a hole to enter the cam, which is then turned with a screwdriver to lock the two in place. The assembly method is faster than traditional screws, nuts, and bolts, and requires fewer tools and less “elbow grease” for an easier setup.

Cast Aluminum Base: Cast aluminum base indicates the base of the lectern or podium product is composed of aluminum metal that has been custom-formed using a mold or die for consistent quality throughout the product line.

Clear Lacquer Coat: Clear lacquer coat is a topcoat applied over wood stain finish or wood veneers, depending on the lectern design. The topcoat protects from regular use and exposure. The lacquer coat is clear, allowing the wood finish to shine, and many lacquers offer UV protection and/or scratch-resistance for enhanced performance.

Dado Joinery: Dado joinery refers to the use of a trench-like cutout or groove in wood or other lectern core panels, custom-made to allow an adjoining core panel to slide into the groove for a closer fit and more secure assembly.

Document Camera Drawer: A document camera drawer is typically a slide-out drawer found at the side of a lectern, made to support a document camera or similar device for use during a lecture, presentation, or seminar.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Finish: Environmentally friendly powder-coat finish is a powdered paint finishing process that offers a “green” design element to select lecterns and podiums. The paint is usually applied to metal components in a powdered form, and then cured for a hard, durable finish that protects the metal components from moisture, exposure, and use.

European Hinges: European hinges are two-piece hinges installed on the insides of cabinets that secure the cabinet door(s) in place and remain concealed on the inside when the door closes. European hinges are relatively easy to adjust for leveling cabinet doors and provide durable support for lasting use.

Fiberboard Side Panels: Fiberboard side panels are sides of a lectern or podium unit composed of fiberboard for a durable, economical design. The fiberboard panels are often finished with wood veneers for a solid wood appearance at lower cost, or laminate finish for added durability.

Floor Glides: Floor glides are protective elements placed at the base of lecterns and podiums without casters, designed to provide a buffer between the base of the lectern frame and the floor surface on which it rests, to help prevent scratches, scuffs, and other marring from typical movement associated with regular use.

Folding AV Shelf: Folding AV shelf describes a side-mounted shelf on select lectern and podium units, attached to the side panel by a hinge or similar connection that allows the shelf to open for use or collapse down against the side panel when not needed. The shelf is designed to support audiovisual equipment such as a projector or document camera for use during lectures and presentations.

Front-Access Storage Area: A front-access storage area is an open or enclosed compartment located at the front of a lectern or podium that accommodates storage within easy reach of the user.

Fully Assembled: Lecterns and podiums listed as shipping “fully assembled” are shipped in larger boxes, already assembled by the manufacturer and ready for immediate use upon delivery.

Furniture-Grade Particleboard: Furniture-grade particleboard refers to a wood material core panel composed of wood chips, sawdust, and other wood materials that are mixed with a wax or resin and pressed into durable panels with uniform strength and thickness throughout. The panels are used in the construction of lecterns, podiums, or other furniture products. The particleboard is often finished with laminate or melamine for added durability.

Hand-Rubbed Oiled Finish: Hand-rubbed oiled finish refers to the application of classic-style wood stain finishes on solid wood and wood veneer products. The hand-rubbed application process adds a human element and organic attention to detail, while the oiled wood stains ensure rich, penetrating color.

Hard Polyethylene Shell: Hard polyethylene shell describes the durable, water-resistant, and weather-resistant frame of select lectern products composed of polyethylene plastic for a rugged, durable style with versatility. The shell protects from regular use and exposure for convenient indoor and outdoor use of the lectern.

Hardwood Design: Hardwood design refers to lecterns made with solid hardwood components, as opposed to wood materials or wood products like plywood, particleboard, or MDF core. Hardwood design may include traditional wood stain finish or the use of wood veneers.

High-Pressure Laminate Finish: High-pressure laminate finish is an extremely durable finish used on many lecterns, applied in multiple layers under heat and pressure for a secure, permanent bond. The top surface of laminate finish is often scratch-resistant, heat-resistant, and stain-resistant with an easy wipe-clean design.

IR-Friendly Acrylic Door: IR-friendly acrylic door indicates the acrylic plastic door, used to enclose a cabinet or storage compartment, can remain closed without disrupting the infrared signal from remote controls. The IR-friendly acrylic door typically encloses a cabinet made for audiovisual or multimedia equipment.

Locking Equipment Drawer: A locking equipment drawer is a storage drawer found on select lectern units, enhanced with a lock to secure contents when not in use. The equipment drawer can be used for remote controls, laser pointers, or other lecture and presentation tools.

Locking Projector Shelf: Locking projector shelf is a shelf, usually located at the side of a lectern or podium unit, which secures within the frame by a door or drawer-front and lock for safekeeping. The locking projector shelf can store a projector when not used, and typically combines with other locking compartments in an audiovisual-focused lectern layout.

Locking Top Surface: Locking top surface describes the sliding top surface cover of select lectern units, designed to hold a laptop or other small device(s) in the compartment beneath, and secures with a lock for safekeeping.

Matching Self-Edge: Matching self-edge refers to lecterns or podiums finished with laminate, melamine, or wood veneers that feature the same finish on the edges of the core panels used to form the unit. The edge finish may be an extension of the surface finish that is simply folded over and bonded to the sides of the panel pieces, or the edge finish may be a separate piece made with a customized band of the laminate, melamine, or veneer that is bonded around the edges to cover and protect the core panels.

Matching 3mm Edge: Matching 3mm edge typically refers to a PVC plastic or vinyl edge band measuring 3mm-thick that is made to match the top surface finish of the core panels forming a lectern or podium. The edging band is bonded to the edges of the core panels to cover and protect the panels while creating a finished look for the overall product.

Natural Walnut Finish: Natural walnut finish is a wood stain in medium walnut wood-tone color, applied to solid wood or wood veneers finishing a lectern or podium. The walnut finish is usually protected by clear topcoat, varnish, UV finish or other protective layer.

Non-Marring Tabletop Glides: Non-marring tabletop glides are protective elements placed under the base of tabletop lecterns to protect table surfaces from scuffs, scratches, and marring associated with normal use.

Perforated Steel Frame: Perforated steel frame indicates the use of steel panels to form all or part of the lectern frame, featuring perforation or cutouts to allow airflow and produce a decorative effect. Steel components are often finished with powder-coat paint to protect from exposure to the elements and regular use.

Plywood Core: Plywood core is a wood product in panel form made by layering thin sheets of real wood, with the wood grain patterns alternating to enhance strength, and then pressing the bonded layers for a uniform thickness and strength throughout the core panel. The plywood core panels are used to form many lecterns and podiums, often finished with wood veneers for a classic solid wood-crafted look.

Polycarbonate Modesty Panel: Polycarbonate modesty panel describes an insert panel composed of polycarbonate plastic, with textured and/or frosted design, installed within the frame of a mobile lectern unit to provide some privacy for the speaker standing behind the lectern. The polycarbonate modesty panel adds a unique, contemporary flair to the overall design.

PVC Edge: PVC edge is a band made of PVC plastic that is customized to cover and protect the raw edges of core panels forming a lectern or podium. The PVC edging provides impact-resistant support and a smooth feel for safe use of the lectern product.

Radius Corners: Radius corners are corner angles that have been smoothed and/or rounded to remove sharp edges and points for improved safety and a contemporary design.

Radius Edge: Radius edge describes the rounded sides and edges of core panels forming contemporary lecterns and podiums. The rounded edges have a smoother look and feel for enhanced safe use and quality design.

Retractable Keyboard Drawer with Lip: Retractable keyboard drawer with lip describes a keyboard-sized shelf featuring a raised lip-edge to prevent the keyboard from sliding out beyond the front edge. The retractable keyboard drawer with lip is set on drawer slides and installed within the frame of a lectern or other computer-ready product for quick access to computer essentials as needed.

Scratch-Resistant Finish: Lecterns and podiums listed as having scratch-resistant finish are often finished with laminate or melamine. Both finish styles are applied using heat and pressure for a permanent bond to the lectern components. The laminate and melamine finishes resist signs of wear and scratches associated with typical use, and maintain an easy-to-clean surface for simple upkeep.

Slide-Out AV Shelf: Slide-out AV shelf describes a shelf, usually at the side of a lectern or podium, that slides out from within the frame of the unit for supporting audiovisual equipment such as a document camera or projector device. The shelf is installed on drawer slides for easy access and stows within the frame for a more compact overall size when not in use.

Solid Hardwood Trim: Solid hardwood trim indicates the lectern or podium is composed of wood or wood products with solid wood pieces forming the edges, moulding, or decorative trim for a classic look and style. The solid hardwood trim may be carved and decorative, or smooth for a subtle effect, depending on the product design.

Solid Oak Construction: Solid oak construction indicates the lectern product is made using solid pieces and panels of oak wood, usually finished with classic-style wood stain in a choice of wood tone colors and protected by clear varnish or topcoat.

Solid Wood Veneer Construction: Solid wood veneer construction typically indicates the lectern or podium is constructed of solid wood panels, and finished with wood veneers to create the look of a solid hardwood product but with enhanced finish for durability.

Solid Walnut Wood Construction: Solid walnut wood construction indicates the lectern product is built using solid panels and pieces of real walnut wood, as opposed to wood materials such as MDF core or particleboard core panels. The walnut wood is often finished in wood stain, with a choice of wood tone colors, and a topcoat or varnish that protects from wear and regular use.

Stain-Resistant Finish: Lecterns and podiums listed as having stain-resistant finish are often finished with high-pressure laminate or thermofused melamine. Both laminate and melamine finishes are durable, easy to clean, and resist staining.

Steel Construction: Steel construction refers to the use of steel panels and/or tubing to form the frame or structure of a lectern product. Steel may be welded, rolls, perforated, or galvanized depending on the design features of a given lectern. Many steel components are finished in environmentally friendly powder-coat paint for a greener style and lasting durable protection.

Textured Black Finish: Textured black finish often refers to powder-coat paint finish that has been textured for a non-smooth look and feel that yields a decorative effect or enhances durability.

Thermofused Melamine Finish: Thermofused melamine finish is a durable laminate-style finish, applied under heat and pressure like high-pressure laminate but with fewer under-layers. The top surface of melamine finish is durable and easy to clean, often listed as stain-resistant, heat-resistant, and scratch-resistant.

Vacuum-Formed Top: Vacuum-formed top describes the top surface of select lectern or podium units with an integrated pencil groove along the bottom edge to support writing utensils during use. The top is a solid piece with choices for laminate finish that customize the look.

Welded Steel Frame: Welded steel frame generally indicates the internal frame of a lectern or lectern-style cart is composed of steel and welded by the manufacturer for a permanent support structure. This may be combined with steel panels forming the back, sides, top, and other parts of the lectern, or with other core material panels such as those composed of wood products and finished with laminate or melamine, depending on the design.

Wood Retaining Lip: Wood retaining lip refers to a raised lip-style edge along the back and/or sides of a platform surface, designed to prevent items from sliding or falling off the platform. Retaining lip edges can also be found on atlas shelves and other slide-out shelving, to keep books in place on moving or angled surfaces.

100% Polypropylene Carpet: Carpeted lectern units with 100% polypropylene carpet design have carpet covering made of polypropylene plastic for a water-repelling, durable, and easy-clean style that lasts.


Adjustable Tilt and Height: Adjustable tilt and height indicates the top lectern surface can be adjusted in both height position and tilt angle for personalized setup and use.

Adjustable Tilt +30 to -25: Lecterns and podiums listed as having adjustable tilt, usually with a set of positive and negative numerical values, indicate the angled top surface can be adjusted within that numerical range. An adjustable tilt from +30 to -25 indicates the angled top can be set at a variety of angles between -25° and +30° for customizing the work surface to suit different needs and preferences.

Angled Top Design: Angled top design describes lectern units with a top surface set at an angle, usually with a bookstop edge along the bottom to support books, notes, and writing tools during use. The angled top lecterns may also have raised privacy panels at the back and sides, depending on the product features.

ANSI / BIFMA: Lectern units listed as ANSI/BIFMA are verified within design quality and safety standards of the American National Standards Institute and the Business and Industrial Furniture Manufacturers Association.

Flat Top Design: Flat top design describes lectern units with a flat top surface; usually featuring raised privacy panels at the back and sides.

Folds Flat for Storage: Lecterns and podiums that fold flat for storage have collapsible designs that can be set up securely for safe use and folded nearly flat for compact, space-saving storage when not in use.

Green Features: Green features refer to a variety of environmentally friendly design or construction processes used in the creation of a given lectern or podium unit. The use of recycled or recyclable materials and eco-friendly finishes are considered green features.

Indoor / Outdoor Use: Lecterns listed as safe for indoor/outdoor use generally contain plastic shell components to protect from moisture and water damage associated with outdoor environments. These lecterns are not typically designed for permanent outdoor placement, but contain casters on the base for easy mobility to use outdoors as desired.

ISO: ISO is the International Organization of Standardization. Lectern products indicating ISO have been verified as meeting ISO requirements for safety, quality, and/or other design standards.

Lectern Positioning: Lectern positioning generally indicates the ability to assemble a lectern unit with the lectern platform at the left-hand or right-hand side of the frame, usually with a lower platform surface on the opposite side for a projector, notes, reference materials, or other equipment.

Lectern Width Options: Lectern width options indicate the availability of options for selecting a width for the overall lectern unit to suit different locations and needs, usually with a choice range up to 36”-wide.

MDF Top: MDF top is a core panel composed of medium-density fiberboard and used to form the top surface of a lectern or podium unit. The panel is made of wood fibers bonded with wax or resin and pressed to form a durable core panel, then finished with laminate or melamine on most styles.

Open Storage Area, Cubbyhole: Open storage area or cubbyhole can refer to any open compartment, open-front shelf, or other non-closing section of a lectern frame that accommodates storage of equipment, reference materials, and/or personal items while the lectern is in use.

Optional Wireless Design: Optional wireless design often refers to the option to choose a wireless microphone, either included with the lectern order or as an optional accessory. Wireless microphones include a transmitter to operate with the integrated sound system of the given lectern.

Rubber Mat Included: Lecterns that indicate a rubber mat is included come with a non-slip mat for the work surface to protect equipment from sliding during movement of the lectern base, which is often set on casters for convenience.

TAA Compliant: Lectern and podium products listed as TAA compliant are within standards set by the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, which directs agreements and negotiations between the United States and other countries regarding trade and related business dealings.

UL-Greenguard: Lectern and podium units listed as meeting UL-Greenguard standards are found within design and quality standards set by Underwriters Laboratories for environmentally friendly and/or health-conscious product design.

UL-Listed Light: UL-listed light indicates the reading lamp associated with a given lectern or podium product has been tested and verified within quality and safety standards set by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

UL-Listed, UL-Certified: Lecterns and podiums that indicate UL-listing or UL-certification have been verified as within standards for safety and/or quality set by Underwriters Laboratories.

Weather-Resistant, Water-Resistant Design: Weather-resistant lecterns or those listed as having a weather-resistant design typically refer to lecterns with durable polyethylene plastic shell components made to resist water and moisture damage for use in outdoor or indoor settings.

25 Platform Tilt: A 25 platform tilt typically refers to a top lectern surface set at a 25° angle for reading comfort during a lecture, presentation, speech, or seminar.