Preserve your memorabilia at the Library 

Let us help you preserve your family photographs, slides, home movies, and more!photos-256887_1280

Laconia Public Library has new technology that can be used to preserve your memories by converting photographs, slides, film negatives, family letters, and home movies on VHS or 8mm/Super 8 film to digital formats. 

This equipment is available on a first-come, first serve basis. If you would like to use the equipment to preserve your memorabilia, just ask a staff member at the main desk. 

What will I need to bring with me?

  1. Materials that you would like to digitize.
  2. A USB Flash Drive or USB external storage device for scanned items or digitized VHS files. Please make sure you have enough room available for the items you are saving. A good rule of thumb is that 1 hour of compressed VHS will take about 2.5GB of storage space, uncompressed will take about 15GB. Plan to bring more storage than you need.
  3. For 8mm/Super 8 film, you will need to bring your own SD/SDHC card no larger than 32GB. Any other type of SD card will not work. 

Is there anything else I need to know?

  • The Library’s equipment may not be used to digitize materials that are currently under copyright, (including programs recorded off of television). 
  • VHS footage is digitized in real time. If your VHS tape is 1 hour long, it will take 1 hour to digitize it. Patrons using the equipment should monitor their materials while they are being digitized. Plan ahead, bring a book or another project that can be worked on while you wait. 

The Library is not responsible for any damages incurred to patron materials during digitization.

A note about copyright:

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries, and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve a violation of copyright law.

§ 201.14 Warnings of copyright for use by certain libraries and archives.