What is the Mobile Memory Lab?

The Memory Lab provides equipment for digitizing home movies and scanning photographs and slides. It's a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) model, meaning we provide step-by-step instructions, but you control the process from start to finish.



Print photos  →   digital images (jpeg)
Slides  →   digital images (jpeg)
VHS tapes  →   digital movies (mp4)
VHS tapes  →   DVDs
Cassette tapes  →   CDs
Cassette tapes  →   digital soundtracks (wav or mp3)

Record your story or conduct an interview using our microphone and Audacity software. Check out our Oral History Brochure for more information.

Upcoming Demo Classes

Watch for a demonstration of our digitizing equipment, coming in 2024:: 708.371.5666.

Open Lab 

Bring your own materials and get hands-on experience with librarian guidance. To register for one of the following sessions, please sign up for a 30-minute time slot on your desired piece(s) of equipment:  708.371.5666 
Monday November 27th at 7pm



  • Epson Scanner
  • Elgato VHS to DVD converter
  • iOn Tape 2 PC converter
  • Microphone


  • Audacity: audio editor and recorder
  • Elgato Video Capture
  • EZ Vinyl Tape Converter
  • Desktop Burning Gadget