Digital Media Lab — Services

Digital Services staff are happy to provide the following services for our community as an alternative to staying in the library building.

  • Services are limited to New Lenox Library card holders only at the moment, in order to best assess demand.
  • Some services are free, while others require a small fee to help cover the cost of materials.
  • Payment is required at the time of drop-off unless staff ask for it at pickup (for example, if the number of discs a set of photos will fit on is unknown).
  • All media must be dropped off with Digital Services staff only.

Drop-Off Hours

Media can be dropped off with staff at the Digital Media Lab during the following times. Media will be quarantined for at least three days before staff will handle it.

Monday

  • 10 am – 2 pm
  • 3 – 7 pm

Thursday

  • 10 am – 2 pm
  • 3 – 7 pm

By Appointment

If you can't make our Monday or Thursday hours for drop-off, please make an appointment by emailing digitalmedialab@newlenoxlibrary.org or calling 815-485-2605 ext. 127.


Important: Disc duplication may be able to be done quickly (under 15 minutes for fewer than 10 discs), but most media will need to be taken in, assessed, and completed within 1–3 weeks depending on the complexity of the process and amount of media items submitted. You will be contacted once your items are complete.


Disc Duplication

CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays can be duplication for 25¢ per disc. Home- and self-created video and audio only. No copyrighted works may be duplicated. Maximum of 50 duplications at one time.


Super 8 & Regular 8 Film Digitization

Super 8 and Regular 8 film can be digitized to standard-definition DVD or (new in August!) high-definition 1080p Blu-ray. Small reels (3.5" or under) are $5 each, and larger reels are $10 each. Video files (mp4) can be saved onto a flash drive (16 GB or larger), as well. Please bring your reels in to be assessed; not all can be converted. Any number of reels adding up to $20 maximum can be submitted at one time. 

We recommend not discarding your film reels once converted. Analog film is higher quality than current digital products and can be reconverted as technology advances if that is important to you.


VHS to DVD & Camcorder Tape Conversion

VHS and VHS-C tapes can be converted to standard-definition DVDs for 25¢ per disc. MiniDV and Hi-8/8mm camcorder cassettes can also be converted to a computer video file and/or standard-definition DVD. Two tapes maximum can be submitted at one time. 

Home- and self-created video and audio only. No copyrighted works may be converted.

Conversion is in real time. Let us know if you'd like copies made.


Audio Digitization

Vinyl albums, regular cassette tapes, and mini cassettes (from audio recorders) can be converted to computer audio files or CDs. A flash drive must be provided, or CDs can be purchased for 25¢ each. 4 GB drives are available from the Library for $5. Two albums or cassettes maximum can be submitted at one time. 


Photo & Slide Scanning

Printed photos, negatives, and slides can be submitted for scanning. Maximum of 50 photos and negatives, and a maximum of one carousel of slides (about 140) can be submitted at one time.

You must provide a flash drive. 4 GB drives are available from the Library for $5. We recommend a 16 or 32 GB drive.

We recommend not discarding your film once converted. Analog film is higher quality than current digital products and can be reconverted as technology advances if that is important to you. 


SD Card to Disc

We can transfer photo and video files from an SD card to a DVD for storage. One SD card maximum at one time. Costs are 25¢ per disc.


3D Printing

3D Printing will be available in September.