BPL Memory Lab

Preserve your memories in the BPL Memory Lab! The BPL Memory Lab is available by appointment and can be used to convert many different types of media such as film negatives and cassette tapes to easy to play and store media such as jpg and mp4 files. Email refdesk@billingsmt.gov for more information. 

The Lab hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday - Friday and 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance of the desired time, and must begin before 5:00 pm on weekdays or 3:00 pm on Saturdays. Requests submitted on Saturday/Sunday or holidays will be addressed the next business day. To reserve the room, click here.  

This room is made available through the generous donation of the Friends of the Library.

What's in the lab?

CZCZUR scanner 2UR Scanner

The CZUR Scanner can be used to scan single documents as well as bulkier items such as books.


Epson ScannerEpson V850 ProScanner

This scanner can be used in the traditional way, to scan a single document, the hood can be removed to scan a bulky item, like a book, but it's best at scanning slides and film negatives, turning them into high-resolution images. 


Video2Digital Converter 2.0VHS Converter

Transfer your videos to digital format with the touch of a button. Once digitized videos can be watched on computers, tablets, smartphones, and TVs.  


Super Cassette Capture

Super USB Cassette Capture 

The Super USB Cassette Capture converts audio cassettes into MP3 files using Audacity software.


Brother ScannerBrother Portable Scanner

The portable Brother Scanner is great for quickly scanning multiple documents and pictures.


Kodak ScanzaKodak Scanza

The Kodak Scanza processes various types of film negatives and slides into fully developed pictures that can be printed or saved digitally.


Flip Pal Scanner

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner is a small, battery-operated piece of technology that you can use to capture, stitch, and digitally save everything from small photographs to large maps.


Wolverine 8mm Pro

Wolverine 8mm Pro

The Wolverine Pro is used to digitize 8mm and Super 8 movie reels.


Epson Pro Scanner

EPSON Workforce Scanner

This is an all-purpose copier and scanner. It will work best with photos, postcards, or standard-size documents.


Guidelines for Use

  • Room must be reserved the day before intended use. Reservations may be made by filling out the Memory Lab request form. 
  • Room hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday & 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday.
  • Room must be checked out at the Reference Desk.
  • Only one piece of equipment may be used at one time. Staff will set up and take down equipment for user.
  • A valid library card AND a photo ID must be presented at the time of check-in. 
  • Users must be 18 years or older and have a card in good standing with no fees. 
  • Borrowers must read, understand, and sign the use agreement form each time they use the room.
  • Copyright materials cannot be reproduced. Patron is responsible for any infringement of copyright law.
  • Room must be checked back in at the Reference Desk after use.