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Inspiration Lab - Self Publishing in eBook Format

Learn to self-publish eBooks using one of three digital tools--from basic to advanced--available in VPL's Inspiration Lab.

Self-Publishing Lab Software

The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software. 

The Vancouver Public Library's Inspiration Lab has these tools installed on each workstation:

  • Aspose.Words Express
    Basic document conversion software that converts to reflowable EPUB 2.0

  • Sigil
    Basic/Intermediate formatting and conversion software. Working files are saved as reflowable EPUB 2.0
  • Adobe InDesign
    Advanced/Professional design software. Options to convert to fixed layout interactive PDF or EPUB 3.0.

Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment

The Inspiration Lab has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.

The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours (although the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library).

Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the full booking instructions.

We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.