Digital Conversion Stations at RHPL

Currently available at Oak Ridges Library. 

Enhance or convert your videos, music and photos into digital files by booking a time to use our Maker Space’s digital conversion station.

Digital conversion equipment at Richmond Hill Public Library is available to RHPL cardholders.* Our staff can help you learn how to:

  • Convert cassette tapes into digital files using our Reshow Cassette Tape to MP3 Converter
  • Digitize records into MP3 files using our Audio-Technica LP60 Stereo Turntable
  • Convert videos (VHS) into MP4 files using our Honestech Vidbox
  • Digitize printed photos and slides with our Epson Perfection 2400 Photo Scanner

Booking form

Digital Conversion is just one of our Maker Space services. Visit our Maker Space webpage to see what else you can create!

Getting Started

Our digital conversion station is available at Oak Ridges Library. Digital files can be saved onto your USB flash drive or external hard drive, or uploaded to your online file-sharing account (DropBox, Google Drive).

  1. Reserve the equipment: Fill out our Maker Space booking form and begin the process of reserving our digital conversion stations. After you’ve submitted the form, staff will contact you for a consultation where they will schedule your appointment, tell you about any costs (if applicable), and answer any questions you may have.
     
  2. Visit the Library: Arrive at the Library with your items to be converted as well as any storage devices you’ll be using for your digital files. Check in with staff 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. We’ll go over conversion procedures and set you up with the specific conversion software you’ll be using. You’re expected to stay with the conversion software until digitization is complete.
     
  3. Save your files: We’ll show you how to save your files based on the conversion tool you’re using. When you're finished, please check in with staff to let them know that you’re done using the equipment.

Costs

There are currently no costs for using our digital conversion stations. You are required to provide your own storage option (either external or online) for your new digital files.

It's all about the details.

* Persons with an Adult Card (full membership) and Student Card (full membership) in good standing may use our Maker Space equipment. You'll be required to show a valid photo ID (e.g. Ontario ID, driver’s license, student ID, etc.) at your appointment. You’ll also be financially responsible for any damage or misuse of the equipment. Permission and supervision by a parent or guardian is required at all times if a child 14 or younger wishes to use the equipment.

Timing: Maker Space use is subject to the availability of the equipment. Arriving more than ten minutes late may result in the automatic cancellation of your booked time. All work must be completed 30 minutes prior to the branch closing; Maker Space equipment will not operate after the Library is closed. Your project will be cancelled if the estimated time of your work exceeds the time booked for your appointment or if your work can’t be finished before the Library closes.

Materials: The materials you need to provide depend on the equipment you’ll be using. Unless otherwise specified, only library-provided filaments and materials can be used; you are responsible for providing storage solutions (i.e. USB flash drives or web-based storage) for your files, and in some cases, you’re responsible for providing an item that your design will be printed onto (i.e. t-shirt, tote bag).

Your Project: Maker Space use is subject the approval of Library staff. You can’t create items that are illegal under professional or federal law, unsafe, harmful, obscene, dangerous, or pose an immediate threat to the wellbeing of others. This includes weapons or weapon components, sexually explicit material, or material that is in violation of another's intellectual property rights, such as items subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection. The Library reserves the right to halt, delete or disallow the creation of items that it deems to be inappropriate or unsafe.

Responsibility: As the creative genius behind your work, you are responsible for your masterpiece. You’re expected to monitor your work and are responsible for any issues with your design or initial files. We’re trained in how to use Maker Space equipment and are here to support you and answer any questions about the equipment that you may have. If there are problems with the equipment, please report them to us immediately so that we can maximize your scheduled block of time. We’ll do our best to ensure the equipment is working properly; equipment problems that you notice must be reported to us right away.

Fees: Some Maker Space equipment have costs associated with the materials (i.e. filament, vinyl) that the equipment uses. The Library does not offer refunds for failed print jobs. Credit can be provided for another Maker Space session in cases where a fee has been paid and hardware problems occur. You’ll be financially responsible for any damage or misuse of the equipment. Fees are subject to change. Always visit rhpl.ca/makerspace for the most up-to-date information on our Maker Space services.