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 required in order to use the DMLM.  A 30 minute 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
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 Video Game Tournaments and Programs

Super Smash Bros Tournament of Champions



Qualifier #1 - Saturday, June 10,10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Qualifier #2 - Saturday, July 1,10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Qualifier #3 - Saturday, August 12, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Finals - Saturday, September 16, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library


STEAM @ Your Library

Make it with Makey Makey
Friday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Wednesday, August 16, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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 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.

Circuit Scribe
Friday, August 11, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Wednesday, August 23, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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.

Introduction to Arduino
Friday, August 11, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Wednesday, August 16, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Wedensday, August 23, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 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.

Badge of Honor: Make Your Own Buttons!
Friday, August 18, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Struble Room at the Chester County Library
Learn how to use the Button Maker to make pinned buttons.
Attendees must be 13 and up.


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

Hardware:
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

Resources
Learning Express Library database
JTC Blog