Scan & Save
Do you have some VHS tapes or a box of photos you have been meaning to digitize? Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library cardholders can use the Scan & Save Memory Station, a free, do-it-yourself space where you can digitize your personal collection of videotapes, photographs, slides, negatives, and documents onto your own flash drive.
The scanners are available on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Appointments and a signed User Agreement (PDF) are required to use the equipment. For more information, please contact Adult Services at 626-307-1368.
- To use the station – Make an appointment in advance and present your Library card. A User Agreement (PDF) must be signed in order to have access to the station.
- Appointments – Available on Thursdays from 2-4 pm and 4-6 pm for two hours. Call Adult Services at 626-307-1368 for an appointment.
- Late Policy – If you are over 15 minutes late, your reservation will be canceled, and the room will be available for the next appointment.
- Age Policy – Reservations must be made and used by Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library cardholders, age 18 and older.
- User Liability – The individual who makes the appointment will be considered the main user and is responsible for any damages or misuse of equipment.
- Food and Beverages – Food and drink are NOT allowed. Food and drink can damage the media equipment as well as attract pests that can damage materials.
- Saving Your Files – You must save your work on a personal, external memory source. Files cannot be stored on the Library's computers.
- Storage of Personal Items – Hard drives or other personal items needed for saving or transferring files cannot be stored at the Library. Materials brought to the Library for scanning must remain with the user at all times.
- Staff Assistance – The Scan & Save station is staffed by a Library employee. Staff can provide basic information and assist in using the scanner and other equipment, but the work must be done by the person making the appointment.
- Transfer of copyrighted materials using the Scan & Save Memory Station is prohibited. By law, individuals cannot transfer copyrighted material unless: 1) user obtained permission from the copyright holder, or 2) the transfer is for fair use purposes.
- Liability Limitation – All users must agree to hold the library harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations, or liabilities directly or indirectly related to the use of its computing and information resources, caused thereby, or arising therefrom.
I don’t know how to use the equipment. Will someone show me how to use it?
Yes, staff will be available in the Scan & Save Memory Station to show you how to use the equipment.
Can staff scan the images for me?
Staff will be available to show you how to use the equipment, but unfortunately, we cannot scan your documents for you.
How much time will digitizing take?
Each item scanned may take up to 5 minutes depending on the resolution selected.
Will the library provide flash drives or hard drives that I can use to save my scans?
No, users will need to provide their own flash drives or hard drives.
Can I purchase a flash drive or hard drive at the library?
No, unfortunately, we do not have flash drives or hard drives available for purchase.
How much hard drive space will I need?
This depends on the resolution setting you decide to use. High-resolution photos may be about 5 MB or higher. A 16 GB flash drive will hold 3,276 images that are 5 MB.
Can I e-mail myself the images after I scan them?
No, the scanning equipment is not connected to the internet.
Will the library have a copy of my images?
No, your images are saved directly to your flash drive or hard drive and will not be saved on our equipment.
How long do I have in the Scan & Save room?
Two hours per appointment.
What image formats can I save my scans?
jpg, png, tiff, targa, pdf, psd
Can I bring food or beverages into the Scan & Save room?
Food and drink are NOT allowed. Food and drink can damage the media equipment as well as attract pests that can damage materials.