By 1812Blockhouse

You know that VHS tape of your wedding, sitting in a box gathering dust and never played because your VCR broke 15 years ago?

Or that box of 50mm slides from your trip to Colorado in 1982?

Thanks to the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library’s new Memory Lab, those memories can be relived through placing each n a new, more accessible digital format.

Best of all, you are not on your own in negotiating the connections between one electronic device and other. The Library will provide access to trained staff who will, in turn, train you on how to accomplish these tasks during three two-hour sessions on Monday through Thursday at 9 AM, 12 PM, and 3 PM.

In terms of access, the Library’s website shares, “Customers are not required to have a library card to use the equipment, tools, or materials in the Memory Lab. However, they must be able to prove they are at least 18 years old by either showing a photo ID or their preexisting library card. Patrons must sign in with Media Staff each time they use the Lab.

To use the MRCPL Memory Lab, customers should call ahead to schedule a session. Sessions may be scheduled up to a week in advance by emailing [email protected] or calling the Media Department at 419.521.3120.”

The following transfers can be accomplished through the Lab (note that customers must bring their own storage device):

  • VHS Tapes to SD Card or USB (8-64 GB)
  • Hi8 Tapes to SD Card or USB (8-64 GB)
  • 8 mm/Super 8 Film to SD Card (8-32 GB) [No Sound]
  • 50 mm Slides to SD (8-32 GB)
  • Color & B/W Negatives (110, 126, 135) to SD Card (8-32 GB)
  • Audio Cassette to USB (8 GB)
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