What is the Memory Lab?

The Memory Lab provides equipment for digitizing home movies and scanning photographs and slides. It's a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) model, meaning we provide step-by-step instructions, but you control the process from start to finish.



Print photos  →   digital images (jpeg)
Slides  →   digital images (jpeg)
VHS tapes  →   digital movies (mp4)
VHS tapes  →   DVDs
Cassette tapes  →   CDs
Cassette tapes  →   digital soundtracks (wav or mp3)

Record your story or conduct an interview using our microphone and Audacity software. Check out our Oral History Brochure for more information.

Upcoming Demo Classes

Demo Class – Monday, June 24 at 7 pm

Open Lab 

Bring your own materials and get hands-on experience with librarian guidance. To register for one of the following sessions, please sign up for a slot on your desired piece(s) of equipment:  708.371.5666 

Open Lab – Monday, July 29 at 7 pm
Open Lab- Monday, August 26 at 7pm



  • Epson Scanner
  • Elgato VHS to DVD converter
  • iOn Tape 2 PC converter
  • Microphone


  • Audacity: audio editor and recorder
  • Elgato Video Capture
  • EZ Vinyl Tape Converter
  • Desktop Burning Gadget

Digitize VHS Tapes at Home with our Library of Things

We now have a VCR player in our Library of Things that can be used in conjunction with the El Gato Video Capture to digitize your home VHS tapes in the comfort of your own home! If you have questions please call the information desk. 708.371.5666