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:

  • Documents
  • Photos, slides, negatives
  • Super 8 and 8mm film (picture only, no audio)
  • Compact audio cassette
  • CD and DVD
  • DV and MiniDV (SP)
  • 3.5” inch floppy disks
  • Minidisc
  • Reel to reel audio tape
  • 3/4" U-matic
  • VHS and VHS-C (SP and EP)
  • Vinyl record (LP and 45)

DIY Memory Lab, Preserving Your Digital Memories

To use the DIY Memory Lab, patrons must have a Los Angeles Public Library card in good standing, attend an orientation, read and agree to Octavia Lab policies, sign a release form, and make a reservation.

Due to County health restrictions on social distancing, the high level of hands-on support needed, and the fragility of the equipment, DIY Memory Lab equipment and stations are not available for the time being.

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Contact Memory Lab

Phone: 213-228-7150
E-mail: memorylab@lapl.org

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.

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