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. Sign up for a 1, 2, or 3 hour time slot with a memory lab device, then 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 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 -

We now have equipment that you can convert your VHS tapes to digital files.  

Convert VHS tapes to digital files with a converter(requires a VCR but no software or computer!)

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

CDs & DVDs

Borrow our CD/DVD drive that connects via USB to your computer

3.5" Floppy Disks

Borrow a 3.5" floppy drive that connects via USB to your computer

How to reserve the equipment

Each piece of equipment can be reserved for a 1, 2, or 3 hours.  Fill out this form to pick your day and time!

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