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DIY Memory Lab


Located in the Octavia Lab on LL2 at Central Library, the DIY Memory Lab contains archival grade equipment for digitizing personal archival collections. The DIY Digital Memory Lab can digitize multiple formats of material, including:

  • Slides, negatives, photographic prints and documents
  • VHS and VHS-C
  • DV and MiniDV
  • 3/4" U-matic
  • Super 8 and 8mm film (picture only, no audio)
  • Compact audio cassette
  • Reel to reel audio tape
  • 3.5” inch floppy disks
  • CDs and DVDs

Other formats may be available upon request.

DIY Memory Lab, Preserving Your Digital Memories

To use the DIY Memory Lab, patrons must attend an orientation, read and agree to Octavia Lab policies, sign a release form, and make a reservation.

Reservations will be available in summer 2019 for the following times:

  • Monday and Tuesday: 1 - 3 p.m. & 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Thursday: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. & 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 1 - 3 p.m. & 3 - 5 p.m.

Please remember to bring your own storage media, such as an external hard drive, for your digitized material.

Contact Memory Lab

Phone: 213-228-7150

The DIY Memory Lab is a project done in association with Washington, D.C. Public Library and is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Equipment has been generously donated by KJLA Studios, KCET, and Russell Pyle.