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Personal Archiving Lab

one of the Personal Archiving Lab carts with an assortment of tools on it

The Personal Archiving Lab at the Central Library is a collection of equipment that can be used to digitize at-risk analog materials. The Lab supports the following
formats:

  • VHS tapes
  • VHS-C tapes
  • DVDs (not BluRay)
  • Audio cassettes
  • MiniDV tapes
  • Hi-8 tapes (currently unavailable)
  • Photographs / negatives / slides
  • Paper-based documents

There is also a mobile version - the Mini Archiving Lab - that will be hosted at one neighborhood library for up to 2 months. This set of equipment supports...

  • VHS tapes
  • Audio cassettes
  • Photographs / negatives / slides
  • Paper-based documents

Patrons who use the lab must bring some form of external storage — a portable hard drive, or a thumb drive — on which digital files can be stored.

Personal Archiving Lab Tutorials

First-time users will need to attend a one-time Personal Archiving Lab Tutorial. Drop-In Tutorials are scheduled on (most) Mondays, 2-4pm at the Central Library (Rm. 209).

A satellite version of our Personal Archiving Lab, the Mini Archiving Lab, will be available at Lakeview Library in January. Please check the Events Calendar for Drop-In Tutorial dates.

For inquiries about the Personal Archiving Lab or tutorials please contact reference@madisonpubliclibrary.org.

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