Mobile Memory Lab

The Mobile Memory Lab is a traveling collection of equipment that allows you to capture, record, and preserve important parts of your personal history.

Our Mobile Memory Lab will be available at the Thompson Branch from Nov. 24 – Jan. 30.


On Tuesday – Friday, there will be three two-hour sessions per day at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m., with one hour in between each to clean and sanitize the equipment. On Saturdays, there will be sessions from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., with the same cleaning and sanitizing schedule.



To use the Mobile Memory Lab, patrons must attend or have attended a Mobile Memory Lab orientation session and signed the user agreement upon completion of the orientation. The next MML orientation session will take place during the week of Nov. 30. Be sure to check our calendar for the final date/time.



To book a session, you can email a Reference Librarian, Chat with a Reference Librarian during business hours, or call the Thompson Branch at 440-298-3831.


The GCPL Mobile Memory Lab consists of a Desktop PC loaded with various image, audio, and video editing software, including, but not limited to, Adobe Creative Cloud, Audacity, and GIMP. Patrons must provide their own storage device or use a cloud-based storage program.

What GCPL’s Mobile Memory Lab can digitize:


Audio Formats:​

  • Vinyl​ (33 1/3 rpm​, 45 rpm​, 78 rpm​)
  • Audio Cassettes

Video Formats:​

  • VHS​ tapes
  • VHS-C ​(With an adapter that can be used in the VHS player.)
  • 8mm​film and Super 8 film.

Image Formats:​

  • Photos​
  • Slides​
  • Negatives​
  • Large format film​
  • Photos and documents as large as 8 x 11 inches