Digital Media Labs

The Ela Area Public Library has two digital media labs on the second floor for you to create and edit media with quality technology equipment and software.

Digital Media Lab Guidelines

The Digital Media Labs are available to registered cardholders ages 12 and up in good standing. Cardholders 11 and under must have a parent accompany them in the lab at all times. 

The Digital Media Labs are available for three hours at a time. You may stay longer if there is no demand for the labs at the end of the three hours. Up to three people may use a lab.

Ela cardholders can make a reservation up to seven days in advance online or by calling (847) 438-3433 x502. Non-Ela cardholders may use the digital media labs on a walk-in basis only.


Available Equipment and Software

  • Cassette to digital converter
  • Digital film scanner (for slides and negatives)
  • Fast photo scanner
  • PC Desktop Computer
  • Tripod for smartphone or tablet
  • VHS to DVD converter
  • Video (VHS or DVD) to Digital converter
  • Vinyl Record to MP3 converter
  • Voice microphone
  • Wacom Drawing Tablet (medium-sized)
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro (PDF creator)
  • Adobe Illustrator (Advanced vector graphics viewer/editor)
  • Adobe InDesign (Advanced desktop publisher)
  • Adobe Lightroom (Photo editor)
  • Adobe Photoshop (Advanced photo viewer/editor)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (Advanced video editing application)
  • Audacity (Audio editor and recording)
  • Epson FastFoto (Photo scanner and editor)
  • EZ Vinyl Converter (LP to digital)
  • Roxio Creator (video burning and editing)
  • Firewire 9-pin to 9-pin Cable
  • Firewire 9-pin to 6-pin Cable
  • Firewire 9-pin to 4-pin Cable
  • iPad/iPhone/iPod dock to USB cable
  • Mini-USB to USB cable
  • RCA Audio Video Cable
  • Slide and Negative Holder for the scanner
  • VHS-C Adapter

Help and Resources

Guides and One-on-One Help

On the Digital Media Lab assistance page, get started with training guides and videos.