Jacobs Technology Center

In 2008, the Chester County Library  public computer center was renamed in honor of Mr. John W. Jacobs for his generous bequest to the Chester County Library Trust.  The Jacobs Technology Center (JTC) has 20 computers for use by the public for up to two hours.  A valid Chester County Library System card is recommended but not required. Typically, there is no wait for a computer; however, you may reserve one in advance here. The Center is open during all library hours, but closes 10 minutes prior to the library closing.  Please contact us at 610-280-2666.

The staff of the Jacobs Technology Center is highly skilled in the use of various software applications and offer FREE hands-on workshops for various skill levels to suit your needs.

Digital Media Lab & Makerspace (DMLM)
In 2016, the Chester County Library received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.  From the grant, the Jacobs Technology Center has expanded services to include a Digital Media Lab and Makerspace.

Reservations are recommanded in order to use the DMLM.  Please contact the John W. Jacobs Technology Center at 610-280-2666 to make your reservation.  Using the DMLM is free of charge.  Donations are appreciated.

Equipment and software applications include the following:
3D Printer (3D Printing Procedures and Guidelines)
3D Scanner
Large format flatbed scanner
Thermal laminator
Die cutting machine
Button makers
iMac computers
High end PCs
Surface Pros
Professional inkjet photo printer
Digital video converters to convert VHS to DVDs
Digital SLR camera with microphone and photo video studio light kit (Studio Equipment Usage Guidelines)
CyberDirector video editing software
Dreamweaver CC
Corel Photo Paintshop Pro x9
Microsoft Office 365 for iMAC computers
Arduino starter kits
Circuit Scribe Maker kit
Makey Makey Invention kit

Featured Programs

New Year Party for Wii U and Minecraft Gamers!


Saturday, January 6, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library

STEM @ Your Library
Circuit Scribe
Wednesday, January 10, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Learn to use the Circuit Scribe conductive ink pen to draw your own circuit.
Attendees must be 10 years or older

Make it with Makey Makey
Tuesday, January 30, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Join us to explore basic electronics. Create circuits and switches, light up LEDs, and invent something out of the everyday objects around you. Have you ever wanted to make a working game controller out of play doh, or a banana piano? Makey Makey is a small kit that allows anyone to be an inventor!
Attendees must be between the ages of 6 to 12 years old.

Arduino Overview
Wednesday, January 31, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Arduino is an open source microcontroller platform designed to make it easy for hobbyists to use electronics in homemade projects. In this workshop, you will learn the overview of Arduino system.
Attendees must be 16 years or older.

In addition to our computers, the John W. Jacobs Technology Center is equipped with the following

One Black and White printer

One color printer
CD and DVD readers and writers
Two flatbed scanners
Three document feeder scanners

Software Applications:
Microsoft Office 2013
Internet Explore
Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Photoshop CS on designated PCs
Adobe Photoshop Element on designated PCs

Learning Express Library database
JTC Blog