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Digital Memory Lab

Notice: Due to our limited opening, the Digital Memory Lab is unavailable till further notice.

The Digital Memory Lab is a space for free do-it-yourself digitization. It is located on the third floor of the Rawlings Library. Reserve a time HERE.
The Memory Lab contains archival grade equipment for digitizing personal archival collections. The Digital Memory Lab can digitize multiple formats of material, including:
  • Slides
  • Negatives
  • Photographic prints
  • Documents
  • VHS
  • VHS-C
  • S-VHS
  • MiniDV
  • Audio Cassettes
  • 3.5” inch floppy disks

To use the Memory Lab, patrons must attend an orientation, sign a release form, and must make a reservation. Please check the library calendar for upcoming orientations here or call the special collections department at 719-562-5626.

Reservations are available for the Photo Lab in four 2.5 hour slots Monday through Thursday:

  • 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

On Fridays and Saturdays, the library is open 9-6 and the Photo Lab has three slots:

  • 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

For the AV Station, there are two 5 hour sessions Monday - Thursday:

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Fridays and Saturdays there is one slot open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Sundays, there is only one slot available for the Memory Lab from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Patrons are limited to one session per day but are welcome to reserve sessions on consecutive days.  Patrons may not show up more than 15 minutes early for their session.

Please remember to bring your own storage media for your digitized material.

The Digital Memory Lab is done in association with the Washington, D.C. Public Library and is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.