Tech Center

The purpose of the Today’s Business Solutions,Inc. Tech Center is to provide Orland Park Public Library cardholders in good standing with a space where they may use various digital media technologies which support their educational, professional, and personal goals and endeavors.

Patrons must leave their Orland Park Public Library card with the IT staff at the IT Commons service desk while using the equipment. The specific equipment being used will be checked out on the card while the patron occupies the Tech Center.


3D Printing

3dprinterThe Orland Park Public Library owns two 3D printers. Our Makerbot Replicator is in our Youth Department and is used to print submissions from our patrons under the age of eighteen. Our Makerbot Method is in the Tech Center and is used to print submissions from our adult patrons.

The library also has a Makerbot Digitizer, which is able to scan objects into the 3D software for manipulation or re-creation.

For designing 3D models and preparing them for printing, the library recommends Tinkercad, especially for beginners. When your project is ready for printing, it must be submitted to maker@orlandparklibrary.org. In your email, please specify a color of filament for your print; contact the library via email at maker@orlandparklibrary.org or phone to check on which colors we currently have in stock. The library is only able to print in solid colors at this time. 3D prints cost $.10 per gram and an estimated cost can be provided before printing if requested. The library reserves the right to reject any project for any reason, including copyright infringement; please do not submit projects that contain copyrighted material(s).


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VHS-to-DVD Converter

Patrons can transfer VHS tapes of all their favorite family movies and preserve their memories. This machine works best with blank DVD-R disks. Patrons can bring their own blank DVD-R disks or purchase them from the library. No copyright infringement will be allowed; you must own the rights to the video footage you plan to transfer.

Check this video tutorial for more help on how to use the VHS-to-DVD Converter.


Glowforge

One of the library’s newest additions is a Glowforge plus, a 3D laser printer used for engraving designs on various materials. For more information on the Glowforge and how it works, please visit their website. Projects for the Glowforge can be created using a variety of software and the Glowforge can print using a variety of file types, however, JPEG and PNG are the two most popular. When your project is ready for fabrication, it must be submitted to maker@orlandparklibrary.org.

There is no cost for printing on the Glowforge, however, patrons must provide their own design and materials. Only approved materials from the Glowforge store will be used. The library reserves the right to reject any project design or material(s) for any reason, including copyright infringement; please do not submit projects that contain copyrighted material(s).


Cricut Maker

Another new addition to the library’s services is a Cricut Maker, which is a “smart cutting device” used for creating elaborate crafts and art projects. For more information on this machine, visit the Cricut website. Projects for the Cricut Maker must be created using the Cricut Design Space and can be submitted to maker@orlandparklibrary.org once they are ready for fabrication.

There is no cost for printing on the Cricut Maker, however, patrons must provide their own design and materials. There are many Cricut materials available for purchase at local craft stores and online. The library will accept materials that are not Cricut brand materials with the exception of iron-on vinyl and window-cling; these materials must be Cricut brand materials. The library reserves the right to reject any project design or material(s) for any reason, including copyright infringement; please do not submit projects that contain copyrighted material(s).


Shredder (New Addition)

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The library has added a shredder for public use in our Tech Center. This unit can shred 45 sheets per feed and handle 22 feeds per minute. One-off, single-use shredding needs will be open to anyone on a first come, first served basis. Any shredding needs that will require multiple feeds can be scheduled with the Computer Help Desk in 15 minute blocks for Orland Park Public Library card holders.
To schedule a time to use the shredder call (708) 428-5171.


Laminator (New Addition)

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The Laminator in the Tech Center is intended for use by Orland Park Public Library card holders. The intended use is to laminate documents no larger than letter (8.5’’x11’’) in size. All plastic sleeves, staples, paper clips, and binder clips should be removed before inserting them into the feeder.

Reservations are highly encouraged but walk-ins are welcome as long as no other patron is currently using the device. To schedule a time to use the laminator, call (708) 428-5171.
Cost: The first laminator sleeve is free to use, but any additional sleeves will be $.10 per sleeve. To ensure the longevity of the laminator, patrons will not be allowed to use their own plastic sleeves, only the ones provided by the library.


Other Available Items

  • Two Retina display iMacs with 27″ displays (full Adobe Creative Cloud suite installed)
  • Two Touchscreen Dell XPS PCs with 27″ displays (full Adobe Creative Cloud suite installed)
  • Epson V600 flatbed Scanner for photos, slides, and filmstrips
  • EzCap USB Casette Capture Converter
  • Wolverine F2D Mighty Film to Digital Converter
  • Turntable for converting vinyl records to MP3s
  • Sennheiser Noise Canceling Headphones

No food or drinks will be allowed in the Tech Center.

Please call the Computer Desk at (708) 428-5171 to learn more about equipment and availability.

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