At the Preservation Studio inside NOPL at Brewerton you can convert your older, analog memories into digital formats.

Making an appointment is strongly recommended (see FAQs below). Call 676-7484 to schedule your appointment.

Digitize Photos

old photos-2x1Digitize those precious family photos!

Our equipment can quickly scan through stacks of loose photos or photo album pages that include mounted photos (up to 50 photos per minute!). The digital photos will have a resolution of 300 dpi and can be saved to a CD, DVD or flash drive. See a video demonstration of the flatbed scanner and the photo-feed scanner on YouTube.

Convert VHS to DVD

vhs2x1Transfer your old VHS tapes to digital!

Transfer old home movies on VHS to DVD for your personal viewing pleasure. Please note that digitization happens in “real time”, so a 1 hour VHS will take about 1.5 hours to transfer to DVD. You will need a writeable DVD to save your work to. See a video demonstration of the VHS to DVD converter on YouTube.

Scan Slides

Preserve your 35mm photo slides!

Rediscover and digitize that box of old loose slides or slide carousels. You’ll be able to scan up to 15 slides/minute and save your digitized copies to an SD card. Laptops with SD card readers are available if you wish to move your digitized slides to a DVD, CD or flash drive. See a video demonstration of the slide converter on YouTube.

Convert Film Negatives

vhs2x1Turn film negatives into digital images!

Convert all your film slides and negatives into digital images. All 35mm (photo & archive), 127, 126, 110 slides/negatives, regular 8mm and Super 8 film negatives can be converted into 20 megapixel digital JPEG images to share and preserve. See a video introduction for the film type digital converter on YouTube.

FAQs

When you make an appointment we can verify that the equipment that you’d like to use is available and reserve it for you, we’ll answer any questions you might have prior to your visit, and we can provide you with extra help while you’re using the Preservation Studio. 
Onondaga County residents with valid library cards, and residents of neighboring counties who have paid a $35 annual membership fee may use the Preservation Studio.
Color printing and photo paper are not available at the library. You can upload your photos to websites like Target, Walmart, Walgreens or Kinney Drug and order prints that can be picked up there, or you can bring your SD card to the kiosks inside those stores.
You must remain in the library while converting files. If you choose to walk around the library during the recording time and leave items unattended, please be aware that you do so at your own risk.
A 1GB SD card should hold approximately 300 photos in JPEG format.
We encourage you to bring your own storage device, but we do have DVDs, CDs, SD cards and flash drives available for purchase (at cost).
NOPL is not responsible for damage to your items while using any conversion equipment.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.