Digital Media Labs

If you've created something (via a program like Tinkercad) or downloaded something someone else designed (via a service like Thingiverse) you can request that it be printed using one of our 3D printers.

To print something you will need:

  • A library card

  • An object no larger than 230mm wide (x vector) x 223mm deep (y vector) x 205mm high (z vector) formatted in an .stl file


The charge for 3D printing is $.20 per gram. After you submit your file, library staff will send you an email with the cost and ask if you agree to the amount. When your confirmation is received, staff will proceed with your print job.

All print requests will be added to a queue and will be printed in the order in which they were received. Library staff will print all projects as quickly as possible based on staff time and availability. You will be notified when your object has been printed and is ready for pickup. Any object not picked up within 7 days will not be kept.

You can submit one request at a time. When your object is printed and you've been notified it is ready you may submit another request.

3D Printing Request Form

Submit your file for printing using the form below. You will receive a confirmation email from the library.

If there are any questions regarding your object, library staff may contact you.

3D Print Request

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Library Card*
Please enter a valid HCPL Library card number.

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Choose a Library*
Please choose a Library for the 3D print job from the list.

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Attach .stl File
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Print Color*

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Please provide the dimensions of your design if this is important, along with any additional information that staff should know.
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You must accept the HCPL 3D Printing Policy to proceed with the file upload.

230mm wide (x vector) x 223mm deep (y vector) x 205mm high (z vector) formatted in an .stl file 

The computers in our Digital Media Labs have more processing power than the computers you will find in the rest of the library. They also have more software that you can use to edit photo, video and audio files.

Our Digital Media Labs also have equipment you can use. Examples of the available equipment is listed below. Equipment offerings may vary at our Digital Media Lab locations. Contact the lab you would like to use to see what they offer. 

Video gear

  • Camera
  • Green screen
  • Lights
  • Video Shotgun Mic
  • Tripod

Audio recording & mixing 

  • Microphone
  • Over-ear studio headphones
  • Analog mixer

Flatbed scanner 

  • With attachments for slides and negatives

VHS to Digital Transfer 

  • Transfer home videos from VHS into a digital format. 

Adobe Creative Suite

  • Edit photos, videos and more with this powerful suite of software. 

Open Source Software

  • Audacity for audio editing
  • Blender for 3D modeling

You can use one of our Digital Media Labs in a few different ways:

Open Hours

Have a project you're working on and need a program like Photoshop or Premiere Pro? Want to digitize some photos, slides, negatives or videos? Come by during Open Lab hours and get to work. Resources such as our scanner and VHS transfer stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open Lab hours vary by location, check our online events calendar.


Want to record a podcast or film video in front of a green screen? Reserve the lab with your library card and you can do just that. Reservation times vary by location. Check our online events calendar.


There are a wide variety of computer classes offered in the Digital Media Labs. Whether you are just getting started with computers, want to brush up on some dusty skills, or learn something completely new, there is a class for you. Check our online events calendar for all of our upcoming classes!  

Get ready for your lab time

When preparing to work in the Lab, keep these things in mind:

  • Bring the source materials you want to work on. For example, this could be props for your video, videos you've shot elsewhere, pictures to scan, or maybe VHS tapes to digitize.

  • Have a way to take your files home when you're done. Files saved to the Lab hard drives are deleted after every computer session. Bring a USB drive or set up a cloud storage account to preserve your work. Have these things ready before your lab visit.

  • Media files can be huge. Leave plenty of time to export and save your projects until you get used to how long your project takes. Be sure your drive has plenty of free space to hold your projects.

Try new tools, make great things!

Do you have some pictures, slides or negatives that you would like to digitize? Save family photos with one of our scanners then use Photoshop to clean up damage or make edits. 

How about VHS tapes? Preserve old family movies on VHS tape with our VHS to digital transfer station. Then use Premiere Pro to edit them.

Create your own podcast with our audio recording and mixing station. 

Our Digital Media Labs offer new resources to help our community create and learn while experimenting with new tools. You will find our Digital Media Labs at the Libbie MillTwin Hickory and Varina Libraries. Take a look at the links to the right to learn more about what you can do and how we can help you create something new. 

Digital Media Labs are available for self-serve use by intermediate and advanced users. Basic information about the Digital Media Lab resources can be provided by library staff. Classes may be offered on the use of the hardware and software in the Digital Media Lab.