Where can I sign up?
Click the "Book a Session" button below.
What formats can I digitize?
The formats we accept currently are listed in the Table of Contents above.
What computer skills do I need to have?
Basic computer skills are required, such as understanding how to save a file.
How much can I do in a 3-hour session?
Digitizing video and audio has to be done in real time. So if you have a 2 hour tape, it will take two hours to capture.
Why can't I digitize film such as 16mm or 8mm?
Film transfer requires a level of expertise that's not appropriate for a DIY lab. For information on transfer options, see the Taking care of your physical stuff tab.
Can I just drop off my stuff and pick up the digital copy later?
No. We provide the equipment and directions. You do the transfers.
What are my saving options?
You are responsible for providing your own storage environment. See "Saving Options" under the "In the Lab" tab for more info.
Can I do an orientation beforehand?
Of course! We provide digital drop-ins weekly. Go to the Labs at DCPL calendar to see what dates are available.
Can I take a class on personal archiving?
Yes. Classes take place at branches all over the city including Personal Archiving 101 and Digital Estate Planning. Check the Labs at DCPL calendar for more information.