DIY Digi Lab

DIY Digi Lab room, including glasstop table with desktop computer, two chairs, flatbed scanner, cotton gloves, loose leaf binder, CRT monitor, and audiovisual playback equipment
Sun 12:30 - 3:30
Mon Closed
Tue 2 - 5
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Opening Dec. 4, 2022

Digitize your personal archives with SFPL’s new workstation.

Book an appointment.

You can digitize:

Click on any of the above links to download a PDF of the digitization workflow for that format.

Before your visit
  • Make an appointment online
  • Have a valid SFPL library card.
  • Download and review the digitization workflows for the formats you will be bringing into the Lab.
About appointments
  • You will receive an appointment confirmation via email.
  • Appointments are three hours long to accommodate for real-time digitization of materials.
  • Limit of two appointments per month.
  • Appointments can be booked up to 30 days ahead.
What to bring
  • Items to digitize.
  • USB flash drive or other Mac-compatible USB portable storage device, with enough space to hold your digitized files. The Lab computer does not have access to cloud storage or the Internet.
  • Use this document to format your storage device to be compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems.
When you arrive
  • Go to the Government Information Center Desk on the 5th floor and ask for the DIY Digi Lab staff.
Rules & Guidelines
  • You must check-in and check-out with a DIY Digi Lab staffer at the beginning and end of your appointment. Failure to check out will result in loss of access to the Lab. 
  • You must sign a Participant Release Form before starting your first session. The form will be provided when you arrive.
  • Maximum two people in the Lab.
  • No food or drink in the Lab, including covered containers. No exceptions.
  • There is no Internet access on the Lab computer.
  • If you need help during your session, please go to the Government Information Center Desk and ask for the DIY Digi Lab staff.
  • It is a DIY (do-it-yourself) lab, so our help is limited to brief orientation and troubleshooting.
  • Do not leave the Lab unattended for more than 10 minutes during your appointment. If you need to leave for a few minutes, please shut the door and tell the staff at the Government Information Center Desk.

Enjoy accessing and preserving your memories!