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

Welcome to the Libratory!

yellow caution triangleThe Libratory is temporarily closed. Previously scheduled appointments will be kept, but we are not accepting new appointments at this time. 

Have a box of old photos you've been meaning to scan? Interested in 3D printing? How about sound recording? You can do all of that and more at The Libratory, your place to explore, create, experiment, and digitize!

Hours:

The libratory is temporarily closed. Previously scheduled appointments will be kept, but we are not accepting new appointments at this time. Please check back later for reopening information!

Our Equipment:

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

Elgato Video Capture: Convert VHS, Betamax, and camcorder tapes into digital files
Quick Guide to Video Conversion

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
Video Tutorial: Preparing for Your Appointment & Using the Scanner and Software

The interior of the sound booth, with sound board, mic, and laptop open showing mixing softwarePerfection V800: A flatbad scanner designed to handle 35mm film strips, 35mm slides, photos, and more.
Quick Guide to Perfection V800
Video Tutorial: Using EPSON Perfection V800 & EPSON Scan

WhisperRoom: A sound booth for recording podcasts, music, family stories, and other audio. Bring your own equipment or use ours! 1 to 2 hour appointments available. Booth capacity: 2. Our equipment includes:

  • MacBook Pro with Garageband, Logic Pro, and Audacity
  • 2 MXL BCD-1 Dynamic Mics
  • RODECaster Pro audio interface and mixer
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd generation audio interface
  • 2 sets Audio-Technica ATH-M50 (with disposable headphone covers)

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:

Audio cassette and LP Conversion

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 ext 354, or e-mail lab@lcplin.org to get in touch with us.

When is the Libratory open?

The Libratory is currently closed for walk-ins, but you can make a one-on-one appointment, use our drop-off conversion service, or send in a 3D print job any time.

Just email lab@lcplin.org to get started.

Who can use the Libratory?

Only LCPL patrons with Full Access Cards or a Library Subscription Card 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 are available for purchase. DVDs are $1, 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 LinkedInLearning, 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.

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

Check our calendar for updates!

Libratory Tutorials Playlist: 

Upcoming Events
Sat, Aug 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home.... more
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Sat, Aug 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
A selection of board games will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. Registration is required. Ages 12 - 18

Mon, Aug 22, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
De-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library -- or bring your own!

Mon, Aug 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Scrabble or other games with friends and meet new ones. Games will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Join the fun!

Mon, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us at the library to create your own scarecrow decoration. Registration is required. Supplies will be provided. Ages 15 and up.

Mon, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Discover how the interview process has changed. Also, learn what you can do to prepare for face-to-face, virtual, or phone interviews.

Tue, Aug 23, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Bring your current painting projects/materials for an opportunity to chat and create!

Tue, Aug 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join the Fact or Fiction Book Club in discussing "My Last Continent" by Midge Raymond. Copies are available at the Highland Branch.

Tue, Aug 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Dyer-Schererville Zoom Room
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abe Daré. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abe Daré. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Tue, Aug 23, 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Cedar Lake - 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, Aug 23, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Using the latest research findings, Dr. Luke Leisman of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle will discuss if there are galaxies we... more
Using the latest research findings, Dr. Luke Leisman of the University of Illinois Chicago Circle will discuss if there are galaxies we can't see and how galaxies form.

Wed, Aug 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters and crafts are welcome!

Wed, Aug 24, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Learn the basic concepts to start your family tree research. This includes where do I start, what records do I need and how do I put... more
Learn the basic concepts to start your family tree research. This includes where do I start, what records do I need and how do I put everything together.

Thu, Aug 25, 11:15am - 1:15pm
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, Aug 25, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Girl with the Louding Voice" by Abi Daré. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Thu, Aug 25, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Jennifer Haigh's "Faith." Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Aug 25, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the Wizard of Oz's premiere with a family viewing in the large meeting room. Rated G. 1 hr 52 min

Thu, Aug 25, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Staff Meeting Room
Meeting of the Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees

Sat, Aug 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. ... more
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. Bring your own projects.
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