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Inspiration Lab - General Technology Skills

This guide is home to a few tutorials for basic skills that will be useful for patrons of VPL's Inspiration Lab.


The Inspiration Lab is a space dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling- free, with your library card.

You can:

  • create and edit audio and video recordings
  • convert VHS, audio cassettes, photographs, and slides, into digital files
  • format written work into eBooks

The Inspiration Lab features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.

While using VPL's Inspiration Lab, working on projects will require some basic skills around file saving, sharing, and troubleshooting. This guide is meant to lay out some of the basic challenges that a user may face when getting started.

This guide will go over the basics of how to store projects you are working on using both USB Drive and Cloud Storage options, and a glossary of terms.

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 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.