We strongly recommend that you sign up for an orientation before registering for a session at the Memory Depot!
And in case you didn't see it on our Memory Depot Overview page, watch our new orientation overview so that you will know what to expect when you visit a Memory Depot Station!
An orientation is intended to introduce you to the workings of the Memory Depot's do it yourself (DIY) equipment and stations; the Scanner Station, the VHS Transfer Station, 3.5" Floppy Disk Transfer Device and Audio Cassette Transfer Device. Orientations will cover all available equipment in a single session.
Please register online or sign up for a 30-45 minute orientation at the staff desk. The locations to sign up are at the branches with Memory Depots: Centreville Regional Library (CE), City of Fairfax Regional Library (FX), George Mason Regional Library (GM), Pohick Regional Library (PO), Reston Regional Library (RR) and Sherwood Regional Library (SH). Customers with very limited technology skills may want to sign up and attend with a friend or family member.
CE: Orientations at CE will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm and Friday mornings at 10:15 am. Sign up in person at the Centreville Information Desk or call the Centreville Library at 703-830-2223, ext. 4 or through our events calendar.
FX: Orientations at FX will be held on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:15 am. Sign up in person at the Virginia Room Information Desk or call the Virginia Room at 703-293-6227, ext. 6 or through our events calendar.
GM: Orientations at GM will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm and Friday mornings at 10:15 am. Sign up in person at the George Mason Information Desk or call the George Mason Library at 703-256-3800, ext. 4 or through our events calendar.
PO: Orientations at PO will be held on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm and Wednesday mornings at 10:15 am. Sign up in person at the Pohick Information Desk or call the Pohick Library at 703-644-7333, ext. 4 or through our events calendar.
RR: Registration is not necessary for orientations! Orientations will be held on Wednesdays. For more information, call the Reston Information Desk at 703-689-2700, ext. 4 or see our events calendar.
SH: Orientations at SH will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:15 am. Sign up in person at the Sherwood Information Desk or call the Sherwood Library at 703-765-3645, ext. 4 or through our events calendar.
You can now tour the Memory Depot from the comfort of your own home!
You may still find an in-person orientation to be helpful, but please take advantage of these videos to familiarize yourself with how to use the VHS Transfer Station and the Scanner Station.
Remember, the Memory Depot is a do it yourself (DIY) station, so we strongly recommend that you sign up for an orientation before registering for a session at the Memory Depot. Customers with very limited technology skills may want to consider bringing a friend or family member to help them.
When you sign up to use the Memory Depot, you will be signing up to use one station at a time. You can register for a session to use either the Scanner Station for photographs, slides, negatives and other archival documents or to use the VHS Transfer Station for VHS or VHS-C cassettes or to use the 3.5" Floppy Disk Transfer Device to digitize floppy disk documents or to use the Audio Cassette Transfer Device to digitize audio cassettes. Reservations are limited to one session per day and no more than two per week; reservations may be booked as many as 30 days ahead of time. You may reserve a session for a minimum of one hour, but no more than three hours. To reserve a session, please select the branch below to be guided to the reservation site.
If you need any assistance, don't hesitate to contact a branch directly.
CE: Call the Centreville Information Desk at 703-830-2223, ext. 4.
FX: Call the Virginia Room Information Desk at 703-293-6227, ext. 6.
GM: Call the George Mason Information Desk at 703-256-3800, ext.4.
PO: Call the Pohick Information Desk at 703-644-7333, ext. 4.
SH: Call the Sherwood Information Desk at 703-765-3645, ext. 4.
If you need to step away from the computer, click on the image of the clock and select Lock PC in the Personal Session Manager box. This will prevent anyone from trying to access the computer while you aren't sitting there. When you return, sign-in with the number and password on your guest pass to unlock the computer. If you have any questions, please ask a staff member. Minimize the Personal Session Manager box again to continue working.
You will get 40 minute, 20 minute and 10 minute warnings as your session draws to a close. Wrap up your project! We cannot extend your time. Close any open program or browser windows on the computer when you are finished.
As part of the Library’s mission of providing access to information of all types, use of the Memory Depot is open to all library users. Please read this policy prior to using the Memory Depot equipment. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THE MEMORY DEPOT EQUIPMENT.
Subject to this Acceptable Use Agreement, you may use the Memory Depot to convert legacy video and photographic material to current formats for personal, non-commercial purposes. You may not use the Memory Depot to reproduce any content if reproduction would infringe the property rights of any party. The Library assumes no responsibility and you assume all risk regarding the determination of whether your reproduction of material using the Memory Depot may infringe on the property rights of another. Use of the Memory Depot equipment is self-service and at your own risk. The Library is not responsible for any damages that may occur to a user’s equipment or materials in connection with his or her use of library equipment. Further, the Library makes no representations or warranties regarding equipment use or performance.
Failure to comply with these acceptable uses will result in loss of equipment privileges at the Fairfax County Public Library.