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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:

3D printed tetris pieces showing filament color options

Dremel 3D45 3D Printer: A filament printer that processes .stl, .obj, and .thing files into three dimensional objects.
3D Printing Resources Brochure
3D Printing at LCPL FAQ
3D Printing Policy

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

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.

You can send in a 3D print job any time.

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?

3D printing costs $0.10/gram, but there is no cost to use any other Libratory equipment or 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
Mon, Dec 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development.

Mon, Dec 16, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Mon, Dec 16, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.
Registration is now closed

Mon, Dec 16, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
Adults are invited to de-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library. Or bring your own!

Mon, Dec 16, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Mon, Dec 16, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Library foyer - Library foyer
The US Census Bureau is looking to hire 5,000 workers in our area. Roy Gillis will be here to answer your questions about working for... more
The US Census Bureau is looking to hire 5,000 workers in our area. Roy Gillis will be here to answer your questions about working for the Census Bureau and also to help you with the application.

Mon, Dec 16, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Mon, Dec 16, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Mon, Dec 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Two thousand years ago, the Colossus, one the ancient world's seven wonders, stood in the bay of Rhodes. View other amazing structures,... more
Two thousand years ago, the Colossus, one the ancient world's seven wonders, stood in the bay of Rhodes. View other amazing structures, beaches and more in this beautiful part of Greece.

Mon, Dec 16, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Hobart - Quiet Study Room
Every Monday in the Hobart Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Monday in the Hobart Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Mon, Dec 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (K-5th grade) will make their own LEGO® creations using the library's LEGO® blocks.

Canceled
Mon, Dec 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer... more
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer hours while we discuss and plan future teen programs. Ages 11-17.

Mon, Dec 16, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2... more
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2 years. Taught by certified CPR instructor, Paula Thompson, RN.

Mon, Dec 16, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in... more
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on.

Mon, Dec 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Dec 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Two thousand years ago, the Colossus, one the ancient world's seven wonders, stood in the bay of Rhodes. View other amazing structures,... more
Two thousand years ago, the Colossus, one the ancient world's seven wonders, stood in the bay of Rhodes. View other amazing structures, beaches and more in this beautiful part of Greece.

Mon, Dec 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our... more
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our display case! Please Register.

Mon, Dec 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Children's area - Children's area
"Boss," a certified Therapy Dog, will be at the library for children to read to and interact with. Boss's handler, Chae, will answer... more
"Boss," a certified Therapy Dog, will be at the library for children to read to and interact with. Boss's handler, Chae, will answer questions about Boss and Therapy Dogs International.

Mon, Dec 16, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn ... or bring along a project you're already working on!

Tue, Dec 17, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teaches early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teaches early literacy skills.

Tue, Dec 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.
This event is full

Tue, Dec 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development.

Tue, Dec 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John and its history. While you're here, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or... more
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John and its history. While you're here, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or cocoa) on us! Registration required.

Tue, Dec 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
The Dry by Jane Harper

Tue, Dec 17, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and have fun activities!

Tue, Dec 17, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Tue, Dec 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Adults can stop in and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and play a game of BINGO.

Tue, Dec 17, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Tue, Dec 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
All ages can stop in for a cup of hot chocolate and play a game of BINGO.

Tue, Dec 17, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come in and try Minecraft Pi. Play by yourself or with others. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tue, Dec 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers will enjoy stories, music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft.

Tue, Dec 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be... more
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be displayed in the library until the next LEGO® Club meeting.

Tue, Dec 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Join us for a book discussion focused on the selected book. Request a copy through your local branch or from Hoopla using your library... more
Join us for a book discussion focused on the selected book. Request a copy through your local branch or from Hoopla using your library card. Ages 12-18. Please register.

Tue, Dec 17, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this special "Just Dance" Party, which was suggested by our Teen Advisory Board members! We will be playing the Wii game... more
Join us for this special "Just Dance" Party, which was suggested by our Teen Advisory Board members! We will be playing the Wii game "Just Dance." There will be also be food and drinks. Ages 10-18.

Tue, Dec 17, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Wed, Dec 18, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children learn language, literacy, social, and other skills.

Wed, Dec 18, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers accompanied by an adult caregiver, will gain early literacy skills and enjoy stories, music, finger plays, and a craft.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone... more
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone preparing for baby including mom, dad, and grandparents.

Wed, Dec 18, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Dec 18, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft... more
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!

Wed, Dec 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
A young man with Down syndrome teams up with a scruffy outlaw to travel across the Southeast, encountering colorful characters along the... more
A young man with Down syndrome teams up with a scruffy outlaw to travel across the Southeast, encountering colorful characters along the way. PG-13; 97minutes

Wed, Dec 18, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Quiet Study Room #3
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Wed, Dec 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own... more
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own mat to class.

Wed, Dec 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
This month we will be making gingerbread houses. Create your own unique house out of graham crackers, candy, sprinkles and more! All... more
This month we will be making gingerbread houses. Create your own unique house out of graham crackers, candy, sprinkles and more! All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Ages 6-15.

Wed, Dec 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Seating Area
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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.

Wed, Dec 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas!

Wed, Dec 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
During the Civil War, Heather discovers she is pregnant. She works as a laundress for the army, but when they get orders to march south,... more
During the Civil War, Heather discovers she is pregnant. She works as a laundress for the army, but when they get orders to march south, she goes home to have the child under safer conditions.

Wed, Dec 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Spain, a country on the Iberian peninsula, has a 2,000 year old history steeped in art. Join us as we explore Spain and enjoy a local... more
Spain, a country on the Iberian peninsula, has a 2,000 year old history steeped in art. Join us as we explore Spain and enjoy a local snack. Registration required.