Come to the Memory Lab to digitize your old formats. Save those memories!
Reserving the Memory Lab is exclusive to Troy residents with a TPL library card.
The Lab provides equipment for digitizing home movies, audiocassettes and photograph negatives or 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.
Memory Lab Hours
Monday: 10:30 am–1:30 pm
Tuesday: 12:30–6:30 pm
Wednesday: 10:30 am–1:30 pm
Thursday: 12:30–6:30 pm
Friday: 10:30 am–4:30 pm
Saturday: 10:30am–1:30 pm
Sunday: 1:30–4:30 pm
**All bookings are subject to the availability of staff and equipment.**
Type of conversion equipment we have:
- Kodak Scanza for slides and negatives
- Honestech VHS Converter for VHS and camcorder tapes
- ION Tape 2 PC for audiocassette tapes
**Interested in scanning old photographs? Use your TPL library card to log into one of our 3 regular computer stations with a flatbed scanner. No reservations required, but availability is on a first come, first served basis.**
1.) Reserve the Memory Lab
Make a 2 hour appointment during the Lab’s open hours. We will send you an “Application for Memory Lab Use” and approve your appointment. Appointments must end ½ hour before the library closes. You must have a TPL library card to book a session in advance.
2.) Plan a Way to Save
Please bring a USB flash drive, external hard drive or be prepared to log in to a previously set up cloud storage account (Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, etc.) *Note: Digital Services does sell USB flash drives.
3.) Sign the Release Form
Arrive to your first session 5 minutes early. Check-in with staff at the Tech Room and sign the form if you have not already done so. If you are younger than 18, parental consent and presence during the session is required. The session must be booked by the parent.
Staff will walk you through the provided instructions for the equipment you are using that day and will be available for questions. Patrons are responsible for all media and personal items left in the memory lab if they step away during conversion. *Note: Audio and video digitize in real time. If you have an hour of material on the tape it will take an hour from pressing the record button to capture it.
For any questions, please refer to the Memory Lab Policy below or contact the Digital Services desk at 248.524.3542.
Memory Lab Policy
Click here to read our Memory Lab Policy.