Digital Media Lab and Makerspace

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.  With this grant, the Jacobs Technology Center has expanded its services to include a Digital Media Lab and Makerspace (DMLM).

Reservations are recommended to use the DMLM equipment.  Fees are required for the use of some equipment.  For more details and information, or to make your reservation, please contact the John W. Jacobs Technology Center at 610-344-4395.

Hours
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Equipment and software applications include the following:

3D Printer*
(3D Printing Procedures and Guidelines)

Digital SLR camera with microphone and photo video studio light kit – Reservation Required
(Studio Equipment Usage Guidelines)

3D Scanner - Reservation RequiredPodcasting equipment – Reservation Required
Large format flatbed scannerAdobe Creative suite
Thermal laminator*CyberDirector video editing software
ScanNCut machineDreamweaver CC
Button makers*Corel Photo Paintshop Pro x9
Apple computersMicrosoft Office 365 for Apple computers
High end PCsArduino starter kits
Surface ProsCircuit Scribe Maker kit
Professional inkjet photo printer*Makey Makey Invention kit
Digital video converters which you can use to convert your VHS to DVDs

*Fee applied

Digital Media Lab & Makerspace Fees
Epson Inkjet Printer Per Page
4x6 & 5x7 - $1.00
8x10 & 8.5 x 11 - $1.50
11 x 17 - $2.00
13 x 19 - $2.50
*No personal paper please

3D Printer
Printing starts at $3.00 with $.50 for each additional 10 grams, with all weights rounded up.

Laminator
All sizes - $.15 per thermal pouch

Pins
2 1/4" - $.25 per button

Featured Programs

All public programs are suspended until further notice.

Tinkering Club
Calling all inventors, builders, creators, makers and tinkerers. This meeting is an excellent opportunity for you to collaborate with others and build something new and exciting. Follow along with the guided project or work on your own! Our innovative platforms, including Makey Makey, Circuit Scribe, Ozobots, Little Bits, Arduino, Scratch and more, will be available for you to learn, create, and share.  We are excited to offer a NEW Tinkering Kit including Brackitz, Buddha Board, 3Dux LED Kit, Turing Tumble, Paper Circuits, Chromebooks, iPads, and Silhouette Cameo.  Many thanks to the Bureau of Library Development, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the PA Department of Education for the new kit.
Each meeting is designed for different age groups.  No registrations needed. 
Grades ≤ 8: Sunday, March 22, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Grades ≥ 9: Sunday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≤ 8: Sunday, May 31, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Grades ≥ 9: Sunday, June 28, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library


Easter ScanNCut Workshop

Wednesday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Join us to create a cute Easter card and learn how to use the ScanNCut die cut machine. There will be time for hands-on demonstration to become familiar with the basics of the ScanNCut machine. After the class you can bring your own materials to the library where you can turn your own creative ideas into custom greeting cards and DIY home decor and gifts. The ScanNCut machine is available in the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area. Attendees must be 18 years or older.

ScanNCut Workshop - Vinyl Project

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Join us to learn how to use vinyl to create DIY projects for your home or a loved one at a fraction of the costs associated with art workshops. In this class we will demonstrate how to cut vinyl using the ScanNCut machine and transfer the vinyl to the end product for a cute home décor project to keep for yourself or a loved one. Two classes are offered for same project as space is limited due to time and tools needed. Each participant will choose one of two designs offered, select their color scheme (up to 2 colors) and cut their own vinyl. The ScanNCut machine is available in the Digital Media Lab and Makerspace area for patron usage. Attendees must be 18 years or older


We are excited to announce that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have arrived at the library. Join us to experience these VR and AR events! No registration needed. First come, first serve.  VR/AR Open House are held weekly.  You can find all of VR/AR Open House hours on our Computer Workshops calendar.
The VR experience is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the Chester County Library Trust. The AR experience is made possible by the support and sponsorship of the Friends of Chester County Library.




Experience the VR & the AR featuring "The Enormous Potato"
Monday, March 16, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library -- Cancelled
Monday, May 4, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This Longwood Gardens Community Read Event features the children's book The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis.  Join us in this event to experience the Virtual Reality and the Augmented Reality.  Software experience available for this event are Crazy Farm: VRGROUND, Moondust Garden, and more. This program supports Longwood Gardens Community Read- a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. A limited number of Family Day Passes for four to Longwood Gardens will be raffled. A photo booth will be set up to help you record your VR/AR experience. Light refreshments are provided. First come, first serve. All ages are welcome.

Experience the Virtual Reality & the Augmented Reality featuring "Weird Plants"
Wednesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Monday, May 18, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This Longwood Gardens Community Read Event features the nonfiction book Weird Plants by Chris Thorogood.  Join us in this event to experience the Virtual Reality and the Augmented Reality.  Software experience available for this event are Fujii, Seedling, and more. This program supports Longwood Gardens Community Read- a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. A limited number of Family Day Passes for four to Longwood Gardens will be raffled. All ages are welcome. A photo booth will be set up to help you record your VR/AR experience. Light refreshments are provided. First come, first serve.

Experience the Virtual Reality & the Augmented Reality featuring "Semiosis"
Monday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
Thursday, May 28, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Struble Room, Chester County Library
This Longwood Gardens Community Read Event features the science fiction book Semiosis by Sue Burke.  Join us in this event to experience the Virtual Reality and the Augmented Reality. Experience software available for this event are Sky, Stranglets, and more. This program supports Longwood Gardens Community Read- a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. A limited number of Family Day Passes for four to Longwood Gardens will be raffled. All ages are welcome. A photo booth will be set up to help you record your VR/AR experience. Light refreshments are provided. First come, first serve.