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Inspiration Lab - Digitization

Learn how to digitize analogue formats such as audio cassettes, old photos, and video recordings using VPL's Inspiration Lab equipment.

Digitization Lab Equipment

The Inspiration Lab is a place dedicated to learn and practice digital creativity, to collaborate and tell stories. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion equipment, recording studios, self-publishing, and video and image-editing software.

It's free with your library card!

Digitize your analog media to share and edit using our workstations:

  • Two VHS to digital video conversion stations
  • Two flatbed scanning stations for photos, negatives and slides (Epson Perfection V700 Photo)
  • One HI8 (8mm) video to digital conversion station (library card required)
  • One audio cassette to digital conversion station

Booking Inspiration Lab Recording Studios and Computer Stations

The Inspiration Lab is a self-directed, Do-It-Yourself space in the library for creating and experimenting with digital media.

Recording studios, equipment, and computers are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library. To use the studios, you will need to have a library card with proof of address and no more than $10 in library fees. The Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be used by anyone with a valid card, including an Internet Access card.

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

  • Recording studios can be booked for a maximum time of three hours per day.
  • Creation and digitization stations can be booked for three hour sessions, and time extensions are allowed depending on availability.
  • Bookings of studios, creation and digitization stations can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information about booking, please see the booking instructions for recording studios, creation and digitization stations.