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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:

The Libratory is currently closed to the public.

Check in for updates to see when we'll be open for one-on-one appointments, 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 closed to the public, but you can send in a 3D print job any time.

Check in for updates to see when we will be open for one-on-one appointments, 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, the Libratory is closed due to the pandemic. Check back later to see when we will begin offering one-on-one appointments, courses, and open lab times!

Upcoming Events
Wed, Sep 30, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Registration is now closed

Thu, Oct 01, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Thu, Oct 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us to learn more about the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains - including bears! To register, you must have an email... more
Join us to learn more about the animals that live in the Great Smoky Mountains - including bears! To register, you must have an email address.

Fri, Oct 02, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Sat, Oct 03, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Sun, Oct 04, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Mon, Oct 05, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Highland Library - Zoom
Join us for our first virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the... more
Join us for our first virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the Highland Library. Ages 11-17.

Mon, Oct 05, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hobart Branch - Zoom
Earn volunteer hours while helping us plan teen programming and services. For grades 6-12. The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. You... more
Earn volunteer hours while helping us plan teen programming and services. For grades 6-12. The meeting will be conducted on Zoom. You must register with an email for meeting invite/details.

Tue, Oct 06, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Tue, Oct 06, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Talk to a ranger who takes care of the biggest trees in the world! We're visiting Calaveras Big Trees Park in California! To register,... more
Talk to a ranger who takes care of the biggest trees in the world! We're visiting Calaveras Big Trees Park in California! To register, you must have an email address. 

Tue, Oct 06, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us as we visit the Cesar Chavez National Memorial to learn more about this labor leader and his life's work. Hispanic Heritage... more
Join us as we visit the Cesar Chavez National Memorial to learn more about this labor leader and his life's work. Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. You need an email address to attend.

Wed, Oct 07, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills.

Wed, Oct 07, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Your school day might be weird right now. Imagine what it was like for pioneer children in 1872! The Homestead National Monument will... more
Your school day might be weird right now. Imagine what it was like for pioneer children in 1872! The Homestead National Monument will take us on a tour through time. You need an email to register.

Wed, Oct 07, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Professor Jaime Wagman explores the intersection of race and class as women in the Midwest fought for the right to vote. You'll need an... more
Professor Jaime Wagman explores the intersection of race and class as women in the Midwest fought for the right to vote. You'll need an email address to attend.

Thu, Oct 08, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Fri, Oct 09, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.