1710 West St Andrews

 Midland MI 48640

 (989) 837-3430


The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is closed through April 13, 2020

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Preservation Station

Convert your older video and audio formats, as well as photos and documents, into digital files to preserve treasured memories. The conversion equipment is located on the main floor of the Library near the Internet computers. 

What can I convert?

  • VHS 

  • VHS-C 

  • Mini DV  

  • Hi8, Video8 and Digital8  

  • Negatives

  • Slides (35mm)

  • Cassette Tapes

  • Floppy Disks (3 ½) 

  • Photos 

  • Documents

How do I get started?
Call the Reference Desk at 989-837-3449 to set up an orientation session to learn how to use the equipment. After attending the session and signing the equipment usage agreement, set up appointments for up to 4 hours twice per week. 

Patrons may wish to use video editing software programs to customize their videos.  We recommend using Lynda.com video tutorials to learn how.  Lynda.com can be accessed from the library website using your library card at home or in the library.


How much time will I need to convert?

The digital conversion process takes place in real time. For example: if your tape runs 20 minutes, it will take 20 minutes for it to be digitized.​


How do I save my projects?
Patrons are responsible for their own storage devices or logins for cloud-based storage.  One hour of recorded video takes up approximately 2 GB of digital storage. You can purchase a 15 GB Flash Drive at the check-out desk.


What else do I need to know?

Please be aware that staff assistance will be limited after the orientation session to help you use the equipment during an appointment.  



COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is responsible for any infringement.

This equipment is NOT professional grade, and is not intended for large conversion projects.