Do you have old family movies you'd like to preserve or photos you'd like to share with the next generation? We can help!
Arapahoe Libraries has two digitization stations where you can convert your old media to digital formats:
6972 S. Vine St.
Centennial CO 80122
Smoky Hill Library
5430 S. Biscay Cir.
Centennial, CO 80015
You can convert:
- VHS tapes → DVD or digital file
- Vinyl records (33, 45, or 78 rpm) → CD or digital file
- 8mm, Hi8 and Video8 camcorder tapes → DVD or digital file (requires an appointment)
- VHS-C tapes → DVD or digital file (requires an appointment)
- Audio cassette tapes → CD or digital file
- 35 mm slides → digital file
- Negatives → digital file
- Old photos → digital file
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this service free?
Who can use the tools?
Anyone! You do not need a library card to use the tools.
How do I reserve the station?
Reserve a time to digitize your old media online or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).
Which space should I reserve?
At Southglenn Library, reserve “The Studio – Video Recording Room.”
At Smoky Hill Library, reserve “Digitization Station.”
What should I bring?
Bring your old media and something to store the digital files on. A flash drive of 16 GB should suffice for most projects. If you bring CDs and DVDs, bring a few more than you think you'll need, just in case.
What if I need help?
You can Book a Librarian to set up an appointment to learn how to use the tools. If a Technology Specialist is at your library that day, they may also provide walk-in assistance.
How long will it take?
Audio and film media convert in real time. For instance, if your VHS tape is 90 minutes long, it will take 90 minutes to digitize. Slides, negatives and photos take roughly one minute per image to digitize, but this estimate can vary widely based on your settings.
Can I digitize other types of media?
Possibly! Some of our equipment can work with different media if you bring your own player. Discuss your project with a Librarian to find out. If we can't help you digitize the format you have, we can help you find someone in the area who can.