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Libratory Logo: The Libratory is a place for exploring, creating, and connecting!

Welcome to the Libratory!

Have a box of old photos you've been meaning to scan? Our special photo scanner makes it a breeze. We'll be adding even more digital conversion tools in the near future, too, turning the Libratory into an amazing place to explore, create, experiment, and digitize!

Hours:

By appointment only. To schedule time in the Libratory, call 219-769-3541 or email us at lab@lcplin.org.

Check in for updates to see when we'll be open for walk-ins, classes, and tours!

Our Equipment:

Epson FastFoto FF-640: Convert your physical photos into digital files! Scanning multiple photos at once is quick and easy.
Quick Guide to FastFoto FF-640

Perfection V800: A flatbad scanner designed to handle 35mm film strips, 35mm slides, photos, and more.
Quick Guide to Perfection V800

Wolverine MovieMaker and Wolverine MovieMaker Pro: Convert 8mm and Super 8 film reels into digital files. Check out our “8mm & Super 8 Film Conversion Times” chart to plan your appointment.
Quick Guide to MovieMaker

We'll also help you learn to archive and maintain your new digital collection.

Coming Soon:

VHS-to-digital conversion equipment

3D printing

Libratory FAQ

Where is the Libratory?Our scanning station - scan photos, documents or slides!

The Libratory is located in Merrillville Branch just down the hall from the Book Sale Room.

Our address is 1919 W. 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410. You can call us at 219-769-3541, or e-mail lab@lcplin.org to get in touch with us.

When is the Libratory open?

The Libratory is currently only open for one-on-one appointments. Check in for updates to see when we will be open for walk-ins, classes, and tours!

Who can use the Libratory?

Only LCPL patrons with Full Access Cards (red cards) in good standing are able to use the Libratory. Patrons under 18 require parent/guardian permission, and patrons 14 and under require parent/guardian supervision.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to use Libratory equipment and software. You can bring your own jump drive to store your work, or jump drives with 8 GB of memory are available for purchase at the Circulation Service Desk for $8.00 each.

For film conversion, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are available for purchase. DVDs are $1, Blu-Ray discs are $2, and paper sleeves to protect your discs are $0.15.

Will someone show me how to use the equipment and software?

We have prepared easy-to-follow quick-start guides for our equipment! Knowledgable staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have after following the guide. We're also happy to help you find books or online tutorials for anything else you're interested in learning.

More into independent study? LCPL full access cardholders have access to Lynda.com, an online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills! Here are a few courses we suggest for learning about the basics. Log in with your library card number and PIN to get started.

How can I find out about classes and events happening in the Libratory?

Right now, we are only offering one-on-one appointments for the equipment in the Libratory. Check back later to see when we will begin offering courses and open lab times!

Upcoming Events
Thu, Oct 24, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Thu, Oct 24, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI " by David Grann. Books... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI " by David Grann. Books can be picked up at the circ desk a month before the event.

Thu, Oct 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more.... more
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Oct 24, 10:30am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film series selection: Dracula, the 1931 classic, starring Bela Lugosi. Run time: 75... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film series selection: Dracula, the 1931 classic, starring Bela Lugosi. Run time: 75 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Thu, Oct 24, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the... more
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others.

Thu, Oct 24, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
In a series of seven presentations, participants will explore how nutrition, exercise and other factors play important roles in the... more
In a series of seven presentations, participants will explore how nutrition, exercise and other factors play important roles in the health of your entire body.

Thu, Oct 24, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of "My Last Continent" by Midge Raymond. Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Oct 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Adults can try all types of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to... more
Adults can try all types of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to learn, and lots of fun! Registration required.

Thu, Oct 24, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Join us as we learn about this celebration of life and death, create an ofrenda and eat some treats. Feliz Día de los Muertos--Happy... more
Join us as we learn about this celebration of life and death, create an ofrenda and eat some treats. Feliz Día de los Muertos--Happy Day of the Dead

Thu, Oct 24, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Every Thursday, in the Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Thu, Oct 24, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
A Hallowe'en party for children from kindergarten to fifth grade. Feel free to come in costume, and join us for some not-so-scary fun!... more
A Hallowe'en party for children from kindergarten to fifth grade. Feel free to come in costume, and join us for some not-so-scary fun! Please sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!
This event is full

Thu, Oct 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at... more
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Thu, Oct 24, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Be informed on how to navigate the internet safely. Children, teens and their families are invited for a presentation on internet... more
Be informed on how to navigate the internet safely. Children, teens and their families are invited for a presentation on internet safety given by an Indiana State Police ICAC Youth Educator.

Thu, Oct 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
NWI Heritage Event featuring Margaret Pollack. Learn about the indigenous people of NW Indiana past and present.

Thu, Oct 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please... more
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please register. Snacks will be provided.

Thu, Oct 24, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Thu, Oct 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Join us for our Once Upon a Crime mystery book discussion. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.
This event is full

Fri, Oct 25, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Informational and interactive session that focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementia.

Fri, Oct 25, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at... more
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at 1-888-303-0180.

Fri, Oct 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Lake County Public Library Digital Lab Assistant Megan Harms will explain the different ways you can preserve your photos, slides and... more
Lake County Public Library Digital Lab Assistant Megan Harms will explain the different ways you can preserve your photos, slides and family movies for current and future generations.

Fri, Oct 25, 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy the new live action Aladdin on the library's big screen.

Fri, Oct 25, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is... more
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is the program facilitator.

Sat, Oct 26, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Make knitted hats using looms & yarn provided. No experience is necessary--it's fast & easy.

Sat, Oct 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Baby & Me Time is a 1/2 hour program which includes songs, stories, and sensory play for babies 0 to 23 months and their caregiver.

Sat, Oct 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
All children and their families are invited to come and read to these certified therapy dogs. Please Register.

Sat, Oct 26, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Collaborate on a Choose Your Own Adventure story! We'll read a spooky CYOA story and choose our fate together, then write one as a team.... more
Collaborate on a Choose Your Own Adventure story! We'll read a spooky CYOA story and choose our fate together, then write one as a team. Please register: the more writers, the bigger the story.

Sat, Oct 26, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for Movie Time with popcorn and beverages as we watch Little. Rated PG-13 ; 109 minutes

Sat, Oct 26, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Make knitted hats using looms and yarn provided. No experience is necessary -- it is fast and easy.

Sat, Oct 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Snacks will be served and plans will be made for upcoming projects. Bring your ideas and be prepared for a fun time.