Scholars' Commons Digitization Lab

The Scholars' Commons Digitization Lab is a high-end multimedia, multidisciplinary self-service lab dedicated to the digital conversion of materials, and the management and migration of born-digital objects in support of research needs and interests of Indiana University Bloomington's faculty and students.

This lab is comprised of two adjoining spaces: the unrestricted Digitization Lab and the Secure Audio/Video Room.

The unrestricted Lab provides both large format high-speed flatbed and sheet-fed scanners for text documents and large-format flatbeds with transparency capability for photographs, slides, and negatives.  It also includes ABBYY Fine Reader (a high-end OCR software). Along with the flatbed scanners and ABBYY Fine Reader there are machines capable of reading MiniDVs, videocassettes, DVDs, audiocassette tapes, and CDs.

The restricted Secure Audio/Video Room is primarily for the digitization and analysis of audio and video. A large-format copy stand with lights is also available; patrons must provide their own camera or capture device to use the stand. This room also includes machines for reading MiniDVs, videocassettes, DVDs, CDs, a Blu-ray duplicator, and a multi-card reader.

Consult the instructions on how to use the equipment and software located in the Lab.

Hours of Operation

Regular operating hours for the unrestricted section of the Scholars' Commons Digitization Lab:

  • Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 8pm
  • Sunday: 11am - 4pm

The Secure Audio/Video Room is open only when trained technicians are on duty due to the specialized nature of the equipment. Technicians are available:

  • Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm

Trained technicians are not scheduled to work during university breaks and holidays.

Exceptions to Regular Hours (2019):

  • November 23-24: 1pm - 5pm
  • November 25-27: 8am - 5pm
  • November 28: Closed
  • November 29: 8am - 5pm
  • November 30: 1pm - 5pm

The lab may be periodically closed to the public for teaching and training purposes. The schedule will reflect these temporary closings 3 business days before the scheduled teaching/training session.

Contact Us

If you need to schedule a specific time at the Lab or are interested in reserving the lab for training or teaching, please contact Kara Alexander, Digital Media Specialist or Michelle Dalmau, Head of Digital Collections Services.

If you think the IU Libraries would be interested in partnering with your digitization project, or if you are interested in learning more about our digitization services, please contact Kara Alexander, Digital Media Specialist, Digital Collections Services.

If the Lab is not open during scheduled hours, please visit the Circulation Desk or call (812) 855-4673.

Consult the Scholars' Commons Digitization Lab Policy for more information.