Memory Cart

The Library's Memory Cart is located in the Local History Room and is available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Plan ahead! Important information to know before using the Memory Cart:

Memory Cart

Image (left): memory cart

  •  All users of the Local History Room are required to sign in and provide a license or other form of identification to be left at the circulation desk while using the room. 
  •  The Memory Cart may not be used to digitize materials that are currently under copyright. 
  •  VHS footage is digitized in real time. If your VHS tape is 1 hour long, it will take 1 hour to digitize it. Patrons using the Memory Cart should stay with their materials while they are being digitized. Plan ahead, bring a book or another project that can be worked on while you wait. 
  •  VHS and other media that are under copyright may not be preserved using the Library’s Memory Cart.
  •  The Laptop on the Memory Cart is not connected to the internet. You will need to bring the following to save your files to bring home:
    1. USB Flash Drive or USB external storage device for photographs and digitized VHS
    2. SD/SDHC card no larger than 32GB to save 8mm/Super8 film

What can be digitized using the Library’s Memory Cart?

EPSOM Scanner

Image (right): Epson flatbed photo scanner

The Laconia Public Library’s Memory Cart is equipped with:

  • Laptop
  • VHS Vidbox Converter and VCR so you can digitize your home movies 
  • Epson flatbed photo scanner for your photographs
  • Wolverine 8mm/Super 8 digitizer that saves footage from 8mm film/Super 8 reels

The cart is equipped with easy-to-follow instructions for each device and staff may be available to assist as needed.

The Library is not responsible for any damages incurred to patron materials during the use of the Memory Cart. 

Image (right): Wolverine 8mm/Super 8 digitizer

A note about copyright

Super 8 Converter

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

§ 201.14 Warnings of copyright for use by certain libraries and archives.

Have questions? Call, email, or stop in and let us help!
VHS Player

Image (above): VHS Vidbox Converter and VCR