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Memory Lab

Convert your memories to digital files

Your memories are stored in photographs, negatives, slides, VHS tapes and cassette tapes. All of these media degrade over time – and your memories will eventually be lost.  Or you may have them stored on CDs or 3.5" floppy disks, but the equipment to read these media are hard to find.

At the Dover Public Library you can convert all of those memories to digital files, so that they can live on without deteriorating.

This equipment is available for use within the library.  Come to the Circulation Desk to pick up the equipment.

  • For photos or cassettes, bring a thumb drive to carry your files home, purchase one from us for $10, or save your files to the cloud.  
  • If you are converting VHS tapes to DVD, you will need a DVD-R or DVD-RW disk, or you can purchase one from us for 50 cents.
  • If you are copying VHS or audiocassettes, bring a pair of headphones so that you can hear what you are copying, or you can purchase earbuds for $3.


Photos, negatives and slides

Use our Epson Perfection V600 scanner to scan photos, negatives and slides and convert them into – JPEG, Bitmap, TIFF, PDF files. You can save these files on a thumb drive, or save them in the cloud. You can scan multiple photos, two negative strips, or four slides at a time. The software provides a variety of adjustment modes to improve the quality of your scans.

If you wish to use your own laptop, download the software from

Preview Scanner Instructions

VHS tapes

Our Funai VHS recorder converts your VHS tapes to .MOV files saved on a DVD. You can later convert these files to .MP4 files. Save all those home movies and tapes of the kids’ school plays. The VHS conversion occurs in real time, so a two-hour video takes two hours to save onto the DVD. Bring a book, or borrow one here! Commercial tapes cannot be copied.  You can copy onto a DVD-R or DVD-RW disk (but not onto a DVD+R or DVD+RW disk).

Preview VHS Instructions

Cassette tapes

Convert your Cassette tapes to .WAV files with our ION Tape-2-PC converter. .WAV files can be converted to .MP3 files, if you prefer. Like the VHS tapes, this conversion runs in real time.

If you wish to use your own laptop, download the software from

Preview Cassette Instructions


Copy the files from your CD to a thumb drive or to the cloud. Our Makerspace Laptops have CD drives.  Reserve either the Cassette or Scanner to be sure that one of the laptops is available.

3.5" Floppy Disks

We have a floppy drive that plugs into our Makerspace Laptops so that you can copy your files to a thumb drive or to the cloud.  Reserve either the Cassette or Scanner to be sure that one of the laptops is available.

How to reserve the equipment

Please check the calendar before you sign up!

Each piece of equipment can be reserved for a 3 hour block of time, except the 3:00 appointment which is 2 1/2 hours.

Times available:

9:00AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM, 5:30PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

9:00AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday

1:00PM on Sunday

View the calendar to be sure that the equipment is available

Click here to reserve Memory Lab Equipment

It may take up to 15 minutes for your reservation to show up on the calendar