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.
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 Instituted 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 required in order to use the DMLM. A 30 minutes orientation is required prior to using the equipment. 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)
Large format flatbed scanner
Die cutting machine
High end PCs
Professional inkjet photo printer
Digital video converters which you can convert your VSHs to DVDs
Digital SLR camera with microphone and photo video studio light kit (Studio Equipment Usage Guidelines)
CyberDirector video editing software
Corel Photo Paintshop Pro x9
Microsoft Office 365 for MAC computers
Arduino starter kits
Circuit Scribe Makere kit
Makey Makey Invention kit
Featured Video Game Tournaments and Programs
Super Smash Bros for Wii U Tournament
Saturday, April 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room - Chester County Library
STEM @ Your Library
Wednesday, April 12, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Learn to use the Circuit Scribe conductive ink pen to draw your own circuit.
Attendees must be 8 years or older.
Make it with Makey Makey
Friday, April 14, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Wednesday, April 26, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the 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. 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.
Introduction to Arduino
Friday, April 28, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Struble Room at the 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. Use an Arduino starter kit to create and build a project.
Attendees must be 13 years or older.
This project, STEM @ Your Library, is made possible by a grant from the Institution 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.
One Black and White printer
One color printer
CD and DVD readers and writers
Four flatbed scanners
One document feeder scanner
Microsoft Office 2013
Adobe Photoshop CS on designated PCs
Adobe Photoshop Element on designated PCs
Learning Express Library database