Media Lab


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

Media Lab Blog

Media Lab Blog

GIMP: The Free Photoshop Alternative

GIMP: The Free Photoshop Alternative

By Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant  Adobe Photoshop is known as the best program to edit images, and it's something we were taught to master in art school for creative industry practice. There are plenty of powerful features right out of the box, and it's more than just adding f...

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Using Google Photos

By Kristin Ashley 
Media Lab Assistant  As an artist and photographer, I’m always seeking out new ways to store, organize, share and edit my photos and videos. I’ve found that Google Photos is one of the best photo apps out there – and it’s free with stor...

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Getting Things Done with The Pomodoro Technique

Getting Things Done with The Pomodoro Technique

By Patrick Villanueva, Media Lab Assistant  During these times, I know it can be a challenge to balance remote work and home life. You have a Zoom meeting in the morning, another in the afternoon. You need to finish work things by a certain time. You also need to fig...

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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.