The Media Lab offers patrons a place to edit graphics, videos, and music using entry- and professional-level software. Library cardholders (high school and older) can use our editing suite for up to two hours per week and can receive help from our lab assistants.
Media Lab services and programs are based on the Macintosh operating system. Please schedule an appointment in advance for help from our lab assistants with Macintosh basics or tutorials on any of the programs listed below.
Request a media lab or tech help appointment via Microsoft Teams web conferencing or phone call at lakeforestlibrary.org/techhelp
Media Lab Blog
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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
|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|
|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|
Media Lab Policies
Media Lab Policies
Patrons are encouraged to reserve space in the Media Lab by reserving online at lakeforestlibrary.org/medialab 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.