Digital Preservation Studio

Bloomington Public Library’s self-serve Digital Preservation Studio can be reserved by those who want to tackle projects such as converting memories captured via outdated media into digital format, designing websites, using Photoshop to edit photos, or creating flyers and newsletters. There is no cost to use the studio. Reservations are not required but are highly encouraged.

Available Software & Equipment

The studio offers access to a computer, Adobe’s Creative Suite 6, Final Cut Pro X, a Wacom drawing tablet, a photo scanner, a VCR, and a USB Microphone. Using the equipment in the lab, a patron can convert the following into digital format: VHS, cassette tapes, CDs, and photo slides. Patrons are unable to convert 8mm, vinyl, or Beta recordings. 

Making a Reservation

Patrons can reserve the studio by phone at 309.828.6091, or in person at the Adult Reference Desk. 

Reservations can be made up to a week in advance and last up to two hours. If the studio is not reserved by another patron, time can be extended. 

Using the Studio

The studio has a collection of application-specific books available to help patrons navigate the technology. Patrons wanting further instruction before starting projects are encouraged to schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with a library staff member. Appointments for instruction can be scheduled in person or by calling 309.828.6091. Patrons will need to bring their own USB flash drive to copy the digitally converted file(s).   

Studio Rules

  • No food or drink is allowed in the studio.  
  • Users younger than age 12 must be capable of appropriately using studio equipment and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  
  • A group of no more than six people are allowed in the studio at a time.  
  • The Library will not store a patron’s converted the digital file(s), Patrons should make sure all files converted are personally secured.