Media Lab

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Experienced users can book appointments in the Media Lab Wednesday–Saturday. No in-person assistance is available on these days.

Users can book an appointment with virtual assistance from either Patrick on Mondays or Kristin on Tuesdays.

Media Lab hours are 11:00 am–4:00 pm, Monday–Saturday. Appointments are limited to 1 hour.

To schedule your appointment, please complete the form below.

Media Lab Blog

Making a Creative Collage in Pixlr

Making a Creative Collage in Pixlr

July 27, 2020 By Kristin Ashley
Media Lab Assistant  As a creative person, I’ve been enjoying using the Pixlr app for a few years now. I use it for editing and customizing my images, but my favorite thing to do with this app is to get creativ...

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Applied Design Thinking

Applied Design Thinking

By Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant  From experience, you could say I know a thing or two about the whole creative process. That is another way to describe design thinking.   Design thinking is more than something art-related, and that's important to understand. It's a un...

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Taking Great Photos with Your iPhone

Taking Great Photos with Your iPhone

By Kristin Ashley With the warm weather finally here, I’m taking more photos outside–and I’ll bet you are, too. With the improvement in cameras in the newer smartphones, you no longer need a cumbersome DSLR to get great iPhone photos. In fact, you don’t even need a computer to share, store and ed...

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A Small Sampling of What You Can Do Here

  • SCAN photos and documents
  • EDIT photos with Adobe Photoshop
  • DIGITIZE slides, photos, and VHS tapes
  • EDIT videos with iMovie or Final Cut Pro
  • PRODUCE slideshow presentations in Keynote, PowerPoint, or iMovie
  • CREATE custom, personalized books and notecards in Shutterfly or Canva
  • DESIGN flyers, brochures, and graphics with Adobe Creative Cloud programs
  • COMPOSE music with our 49-Key M-Audio Keyboard and edit with GarageBand or Logic Pro

Available Tools

Hardware Software
Mac Pro with two 27" monitors Adobe Creative Cloud
Intuos Pro Wacom Tablet Adobe Photoshop
49-Key M-Audio MIDI Keyboard Adobe Illustrator
Yeti Microphone Adobe InDesign
Studio Headphones Adobe Premiere Pro
Audio Splitter Adobe After Effects
Leap Motion GarageBand
Epson V600 Scanner Logic Pro
Toshiba VHS/DVD Player iMovie
LaCie 500gb hard drives (available to check out) Final Cut Pro
Epson Artisan 1430 Printer Blender
Record Player Sketchup
Cassette Player  

Media Lab Policies

Media Lab Policies

Patrons are encouraged to reserve space in the Media Lab by reserving online at or calling 847.810.4610.

Users can make reservations for up to 2 hours. Your reservation will be held for 15 minutes before being given up. Extensions are possible if no one else is waiting.

The Media Lab is open to all Library cardholders 13 and older in groups of five or less. Library patrons with expired or blocked library cards must resolve those issues before using the lab.

No food or drinks are allowed in the lab.

The Media Lab is reserved specifically for the use of the hardware and software available only in the space. Patrons may use public computers for all other purposes. The Media Lab is not to be used as an office space or telephone room. 

Patrons who know how to use equipment are able to use the Media Lab in off-hours on a drop-in basis. Patrons must sign a waiver to use the space unattended and cannot expect one-on-one assistance during this time. During these hours the lab is still only to be used if patrons are using equipment in the space. Patrons may not use the Canon Rebel Camera Kits or the Oculus Quest VR Headsets unattended.

All patrons participating in the use of virtual reality must sign a waiver. Participants under the age of 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Patrons aged 13-18 can use the Media Lab only when an assistant or librarian is available.

Patrons are limited to one 2-hour appointment per week.