Located at Central Library, the lab provides equipment to digitize home movies and scan photos and slides. It's a do-it-yourself (DIY) model, meaning we provide step-by-step instructions for your personal archiving project, but you control the process from start to finish.
- Register for an orientation session on https://events.chesapeakelibrary.org/events?r=thismonth.
- Bring what you want digitized, plus either an external hard drive, a USB, or your cloud account information.
- Sign the release form
- If you're interested in adding your files to the Library's digital collection, sign the Permission to Use form (optional).
- Complete training.
- Once trained, you will have a note on your library account and can use the equipment on your own by appointment with a staff member. Note: you will need to be a library card holder for step #5.
VHS, VHS-C; flat items, photographs, slides. Please contact us for other formats.
Protection Important documents and family photographs could be lost to flood, fire, or any number of accidents. Preserving digitally, especially on the cloud, ensures that these are protected against risk.
Preservation What you produce purposefully (like a home movie or photograph) and what you produce in daily life (like a calendar appointment or email) could be important for your loved ones and for the cultural record.
Organization Personal collections are larger than ever, spanning physical things like keepsakes and journals, to digital things like Word documents, photographs, email, and social media accounts. Taking steps to care for your stuff will help you locate, reference, and re-use what you create.