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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. Please email lab@lcplin.org if you would like to be notified when it reopens. 

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
Wed, Sep 28, 10:30am - 10:50am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
This 20-minute lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.

Wed, Sep 28, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Helps prepare adults for the USCIS immigration test for Citizenship.

Wed, Sep 28, 10:45am - 11:45am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Important changes are coming to Medicare in 2023. Come to a FREE educational presentation at the library to find out what, and get the... more
Important changes are coming to Medicare in 2023. Come to a FREE educational presentation at the library to find out what, and get the answers you need to your other Medicare questions as well!

Wed, Sep 28, 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, Sep 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Children will create pictures using puffy paint! Registration is required for each person in the room.

Wed, Sep 28, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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!

Wed, Sep 28, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Come on into the library to relax & draw anything you like. Paper & coloring pencils will be supplied but you can also bring your own if... more
Come on into the library to relax & draw anything you like. Paper & coloring pencils will be supplied but you can also bring your own if you like. Must register. Ages 12-18

Wed, Sep 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
All Ability programs are geared towards adults with special needs but are open to everyone age 10+. Caretakers must stay in the room.

Wed, Sep 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens (11-17 years old) make your own piñata for Hispanic Heritage Month. Two part program, Part 1 on Sept 21st & Part 2 on Sept 28th.... more
Teens (11-17 years old) make your own piñata for Hispanic Heritage Month. Two part program, Part 1 on Sept 21st & Part 2 on Sept 28th. Must be able to attend both dates. Registration required.

Thu, Sep 29, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp
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, Sep 29, 10:45am - 11:45am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Important changes are coming to Medicare in 2023. Do you know what they are? Come to a FREE educational presentation to find out,... more
Important changes are coming to Medicare in 2023. Do you know what they are? Come to a FREE educational presentation to find out, and get the answers you need to your other Medicare questions also!

Rescheduled
Thu, Sep 29, 11:15am - 1:15pm
New date Thursday, September 29, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp
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, Sep 29, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Educated" by Tara Westover. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Educated" by Tara Westover. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Thu, Sep 29, 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Merrillville - Merrillville Zoom Room,Meeting Room B
Presenter Scott Norrick will cover census history, data collected, common errors, supplements, little known gems, sources and getting... more
Presenter Scott Norrick will cover census history, data collected, common errors, supplements, little known gems, sources and getting the most out of your census research for each decade. 

Canceled
Thu, Sep 29, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Munster
In our next adult craft night we'll make Halloween fairy gardens! We'll have a small collections of miniatures and supplies you can use,... more
In our next adult craft night we'll make Halloween fairy gardens! We'll have a small collections of miniatures and supplies you can use, but feel free to bring your own as well!

Thu, Sep 29, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Game master Milia will start the adventurers off in their new campaign. If you are a player looking for a D&D group or have always been... more
Game master Milia will start the adventurers off in their new campaign. If you are a player looking for a D&D group or have always been curious about the game come join us!
This event is full

Thu, Sep 29, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Thu, Sep 29, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Sat, Oct 01, 10:00am - 10:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute storytime for children ages Birth - 6 and their family. We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!
This event is full

Sat, Oct 01, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Create a unique painting with assistance from local artist Mary Stang-Helm. Cash fee of $25 paid at time of event covers all materials.... more
Create a unique painting with assistance from local artist Mary Stang-Helm. Cash fee of $25 paid at time of event covers all materials. Class begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.
This event is full

Sat, Oct 01, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Bring your current projects (knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.) for an opportunity to chat and create! Other attendees... more
Bring your current projects (knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.) for an opportunity to chat and create! Other attendees would be happy to instruct on crochet as needed.

Canceled
Sat, Oct 01, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Mon, Oct 03, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Classes to help prepare adults for the United States Immigration examination, or the Citizenship test.

Mon, Oct 03, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
International Film Series. Adults only. Hebrew with English subtitles. 80 Minutes. Registration required.

Mon, Oct 03, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Come and enjoy this afternoon movie with us! Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Mon, Oct 03, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Teens in 6th-12th grades are invited to join the NWI Chess Club. Please register and bring your own board.

Mon, Oct 03, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Mon, Oct 03, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Mon, Oct 03, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Mon, Oct 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room,Munster Zoom Room
Teens get volunteer hours! Help plan programs and projects at the library. Interested teens 12 - 18 can attend. Zoom available.

Mon, Oct 03, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Interested in learning about being a paranormal investigator? The group will show pictures & evidence from some of their... more
Interested in learning about being a paranormal investigator? The group will show pictures & evidence from some of their investigations, feature their latest equipment, and answer questions.

Mon, Oct 03, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Are you a fan of anime or manga? Come to the Lake Station-New Chicago's Teen Anime Club to find new anime to watch and to discuss your... more
Are you a fan of anime or manga? Come to the Lake Station-New Chicago's Teen Anime Club to find new anime to watch and to discuss your favorite manga. Ages 12-18.

Mon, Oct 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Teens are invited to help the Highland branch create projects and programs that you would like to attend. Ages 12 – 18.

Tue, Oct 04, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute program for toddlers, ages 2-3 with their caregiver(s). We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!
This event is full

Tue, Oct 04, 10:30am - 10:50am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that teach... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that teach early literacy skills. Please register all attending.
This event is full

Tue, Oct 04, 10:30am - 10:50am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and a craft. Must register.

Tue, Oct 04, 10:30am - 10:50am
Merrillville - Children's Programming 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.

Tue, Oct 04, 11:15am - 11:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute program for toddlers, ages 2-3 with their caregiver(s). We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!

Tue, Oct 04, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, and other activities, with an emphasis on important... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Tue, Oct 04, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Rhymes, books, music, and movement, designed to help with early literacy skills, for young children, birth - 23 months with an adult... more
Rhymes, books, music, and movement, designed to help with early literacy skills, for young children, birth - 23 months with an adult caregiver. Must register ahead of time.

Tue, Oct 04, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Evan Hansen embarks on a journey of self-discovery when a letter he wrote for a writing exercise falls into the hands of a grieving... more
Evan Hansen embarks on a journey of self-discovery when a letter he wrote for a writing exercise falls into the hands of a grieving couple whose son took his own life. 2h17min; PG-13

Tue, Oct 04, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Teens will use block coding to program our robots through a Halloween themed obstacle course! All supplies will be provided. Ages 12-18.... more
Teens will use block coding to program our robots through a Halloween themed obstacle course! All supplies will be provided. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Tue, Oct 04, 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Lake Station Zoom Room
Join us via zoom for a family storytime for children 2-6 and their caregivers, featuring stories, fingerplays, and songs that teach... more
Join us via zoom for a family storytime for children 2-6 and their caregivers, featuring stories, fingerplays, and songs that teach pre-reading skills. Please register with an email to take part.

Tue, Oct 04, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Earn volunteer hours while helping us plan teen programming and services. For grades 6-12.

Tue, Oct 04, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting 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.

Tue, Oct 04, 6:05pm - 7:05pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Homebuying in 2022: Information for first time home buyers and current or previous home owners to consider when purchasing a home in... more
Homebuying in 2022: Information for first time home buyers and current or previous home owners to consider when purchasing a home in today's market.

Wed, Oct 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Helps prepare adults for the USCIS immigration test for Citizenship.

Wed, Oct 05, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch - Public Table
Folks of all ages are invited to a fun afternoon of Scrabble. Increase your vocabulary while having a great time! Bring a friend!

Wed, Oct 05, 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, Oct 05, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
A space for kids that are home schooled where they can meet other kids and bond over various activities.

Wed, Oct 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 6 - 11 will participate in various bouncing and rolling activities, then make a table top game to take home!

Wed, Oct 05, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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.

Wed, Oct 05, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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!

Rescheduled
Wed, Oct 05, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
New date Thursday, October 06, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville
Preview Purdue invites prospective students and parents in the Lake County area to come hear a formal presentation on Purdue University... more
Preview Purdue invites prospective students and parents in the Lake County area to come hear a formal presentation on Purdue University and the admissions process.

Wed, Oct 05, 5:00pm - 5:20pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Toddler and preschool aged children and their caregivers are invited to an early literacy storytime filled with books, songs, and rhymes.

Wed, Oct 05, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Teens are invited to join us for a special writing workshop with author, Sharon Biggs Waller.

Wed, Oct 05, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Each session will highlight a different artist- we will learn about their craft and try out their unique style for ourselves. 6 week... more
Each session will highlight a different artist- we will learn about their craft and try out their unique style for ourselves. 6 week program; sign up for all or choose individual sessions to attend
This event is full

Thu, Oct 06, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute storytime for children ages Birth-24 months, with their caregiver(s). We will sing songs, read books, bounce, wiggle, and move!
This event is full

Thu, Oct 06, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp
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, Oct 06, 10:30am - 10:50am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important... more
Babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Oct 06, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
Bring any low-mess craft (e.g., knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, coloring, origami, jewelry-making) and enjoy meeting and sharing ideas... more
Bring any low-mess craft (e.g., knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, coloring, origami, jewelry-making) and enjoy meeting and sharing ideas with other crafters in this twice-monthly club.

Thu, Oct 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music, and a take home craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Thu, Oct 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago Library - Main Lobby
Technology can be tricky...Come to the library to see if we can help you with the issues you are having with your device. Patron must... more
Technology can be tricky...Come to the library to see if we can help you with the issues you are having with your device. Patron must bring their device with them. Please register.

Thu, Oct 06, 11:00am - 11:30am
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.

Thu, Oct 06, 11:15am - 11:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute storytime for children ages Birth-24 months, with their caregiver(s). We will sing songs, read books, bounce, wiggle, and move!

Thu, Oct 06, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities. Activities... more
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Oct 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join the discussion of The Chain, which is our Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Club selection for October. Pick up a copy at the Highland... more
Join the discussion of The Chain, which is our Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Club selection for October. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Oct 06, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join us as we read a spooky story and make Jack-O-Lantern beaded key chains.

Thu, Oct 06, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Preview Purdue invites prospective students and parents in the Lake County area to come hear a formal presentation on Purdue University... more
Preview Purdue invites prospective students and parents in the Lake County area to come hear a formal presentation on Purdue University and the admissions process.

Thu, Oct 06, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Canceled
Thu, Oct 06, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Thu, Oct 06, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster Branch - Children's Area
Children of all ages and reading levels will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer.... more
Children of all ages and reading levels will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer. Registration of all attendees is required.

Fri, Oct 07, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Create Halloween or Autumn themed luminaries during this session. One glass jar will be provided--you may bring additional jars of your... more
Create Halloween or Autumn themed luminaries during this session. One glass jar will be provided--you may bring additional jars of your own if you'd like. Registration is required.