Jax Public Library Main branch hosts Memory Lab

Dust off those old photo albums and gather up those VHS tapes and 8mm films you haven’t seen in years. It’s time to give them new life with the free, do-it-yourself digitization equipment available now at Jacksonville Public Library’s brand-new Memory Lab.

Scan and restore family photos and slides. Access old documents on 3.5″ floppy disks or CD. Transfer VHS tapes, audio cassette tapes, vinyl records – even film and audio reels – into formats you can share online!

Located on the fourth floor of the Main Library, the Memory Lab is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To ensure a station is available when you arrive, or to inquire about what to bring, please call (904) 255-BOOK to speak with Library staff. You can also visit jaxlibrary.org/memory for more information or to make an appointment online. Please note: 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8 film transfer service and reel-to-reel audio deck are available by appointment only (staff assistance is required).

If you don’t have a library card, Jacksonville residents can sign up for free in-person and online. In order to save your files, you will need to bring a flash drive or memory card, or have access to a Google Photos account. If you plan on doing any editing, check out some of the Photoshop tutorials on LinkedIn Learning before you visit. These video tutorials are available on-demand and free with your library card.