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Unless you are a millennial, you probably have a room full of old media files: audiocassettes, floppy disks and videotapes of varying decades…remember Beta? If you do, then we can help you organize those obsolete formats into the new digital age.

Funded by a $10,000 grant from Las Patronas, a local philanthropic group, the Digital Memory Lab, which is part of the History Room on the second floor, was opened on April 1st, 2017 to much fanfare and Press.  See San Diego Tribune and La Jolla Light coverage.  And check out this video on YouTube that describes it succinctly.

The Lab’s hours are determined by volunteers. A helpful assistant will guide you through the process of digitizing your old media into modern files that can be readily accessed and preserved.

Got an old reel-to-reel audio tape recorder gathering dust in your attic, basement or garage? How about donating it to the La Jolla Library Memory Lab? Lab volunteers are in desperate need of a replacement for the last remaining audio tape deck they use to digitize Memory Lab patrons' 1/4" audio tapes. It works, kinda-sorta, but no longer rewinds tapes. Here's a photo of one for sale on Ebay that is listed at $41,150.


Volunteers say they don't need one that fancy.  Just one like this that is listed for about $200.

Did we mention you'll get a tax-deductible receipt?  

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