Try new tools, make great things!
Do you have some pictures, slides or negatives that you would like to digitize? Use one of our scanners then use Photoshop to edit them.
How about VHS tapes? Use one of the VHS to digital transfer station to transfer those videos to a digital format. Then use Premiere Pro to edit them.
Have an idea for a podcast? Record it using an audio recording and mixing station.
A Digital Media Lab offers new resources to help our community create and learn while experimenting. You will find our Digital Media Labs at the Fairfield, Libbie Mill, Tuckahoe, Twin Hickory and Varina Libraries.
Digital Media Labs are available for self-serve use by intermediate and advanced users. Basic information about the Digital Media Lab resources can be provided by library staff. Classes may be offered on the use of the hardware and software in the Digital Media Lab.
Using a Digital Media Lab
You can use one of our Digital Media Labs in a few different ways:
Have a project you're working on and need a program like Photoshop or Premiere Pro? Want to digitize some photos, slides, negatives or videos? Come by during Open Lab hours and get to work.
Open Lab hours vary by location, check our online events calendar.
Want to record a podcast or film video in front of a green screen? Reserve the lab with your library card and you can do just that.
There are a wide variety of computer classes offered in the Digital Media Labs. Whether you are just getting started with computers, want to brush up on some dusty skills or learn something completely new there is a class for you. Check our online events calendar for the all of our upcoming classes!
Get ready for your lab time
When preparing to work in the Lab, keep these things in mind:
- Bring the source materials you want to work on. This could be props for your video, video you've shot elsewhere, pictures to scan, or maybe a 3D model you'd like to have printed.
- Have a way to take your files home when you're done. Files saved to the Lab hard drives are regularly deleted. Bring a USB drive or set up a cloud storage account to preserve your work. Have these things ready before your lab visit.
- Media files can be huge. Leave plenty of time to export and save your projects until you get used to how long your project takes. Be sure your drive has plenty of free space to hold your projects.
Digital Media Lab Resources
The computers in a Digital Media Lab have more processing power than the computers you will find in the rest of the library. They also have more software that you can use to edit photo, video and audio files.
A Digital Media Lab also has equipment you can use. Examples of the available equiment is listed below. Some of our Digital Media Labs have more, some have less. Contact the lab you would like to use to see what they offer.
- Green screen
- Rode VideoMic
Audio recording & mixing
- Over-ear studio headphones
- Analog mixer
- Audacity editing software
With attachments for slides and negatives
VHS to Digital Transfer
Transfer home videos from VHS into a digital format.
Adobe Creative Suite
Edit photos, videos and more with this powerful suite of software.
If you've created something (via a program like Tinkercad) or downloaded something someone else designed (via a service like Thingiverse) you can request that it be printed using one of our 3D printers.
To print something you will need:
Support Material Types: PLA and PVA
- PLA is a hard plastic, the same plastic out of which we will make your item.
- Pros: PLA weighs less, so it is less expensive.
- Cons: PLA supports will have to be removed by hand by you, which may result in a rougher surface. It may be difficult to get them fully removed.
- PVA is a clear and colorless material.
- Pros: It will dissolve completely in warm water overnight, making it easy to completely remove all the supports.
- Cons: This material weighs more and therefore may result in a more expensive final cost to you.
The charge for 3D printing is $.20 per gram. After you submit your file, library staff will send you an email with the cost and ask if you agree to the amount. When your confirmation is received, staff will proceed with your print job.
All print requests will be added to a queue and will be printed in the order in which they were received. Library staff will print all projects as quickly as possible based on staff time and availability. You will be notified when your object has been printed and is ready for pickup. Any object not picked up within 7 days will not be kept.
You can submit one request at a time. When your object is printed and you've been notified it is ready you may submit another request.
3D Printing Request Form
Submit your file for printing using the form below. You will receive a confirmation email from the library.
If there are any questions regarding your object, library staff may contact you.
The Digital Media Labs at the Fairfield, Libbie Mill, Twin Hickory, Tuchahoe, and Varina Libraries have a 3D printer. Customers may request objects be printed by library staff. Requests will be printed on a first come, first served basis as staff time allows.
The Library reserves the right to refuse printing of any content at any time at the discretion of Library staff. Examples of specific content that will not be printed include, but is not limited to content or objects:
- That are illegal or harmful to minors
- That may be construed as having intent to harm
- That may infringe upon the intellectual property rights of a third party
- Larger than 10cm Wide x 22.5cm Deep x 20.5cm High
The Library cannot guarantee model quality, stability, confidentiality of designs or specific delivery times. The Library is not responsible for any damage, loss, or security of data arising from the use of its computers or equipment. By submitting content or objects, the Customer agrees to indemnify and hold the Library and the County of Henrico harmless in all matters related to patented, trademarked or copyrighted materials.