Imaginarium

Get digital and let your imagination run wild.

The Imaginarium is Richmond Library's private sound-proof studio. It's equipped with an iMac computer, scanning and sound recording gear you can use to lay down some music tracks, digitise slides and photos, create a poster or anything else you can imagine - the possibilities are endless in this digital studio space.

Using the Imaginarium

Anyone can use the Imaginarium, you don't have to be a library member - but children under 16 need to have an adult with them.

  • You can book the Imaginarium for your personal use for up to three hours a day.
  • If you think you'll need assistance using the equipment, please let us know when you book; you can make an appointment with staff for up to 45 minutes. If you are unsure about using the equipment, you might want to bring along a computer savvy friend to help you.
  • The maximum user group size is two person due to the size of the Imaginarium and ventelation and cleaning considerations.
  • The Imaginarium is available until 30 minutes before closing time.
Booking the Imaginarium

To make a booking, phone us on (03) 543 8500, or you can book a staff member to help you by filling in the Book a Librarian form. The Imaginarium can be quite popular so we recommend booking at least a couple of days in advance.

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How Much Does it Cost?

  • Free for non-commercial use.
  • If you want to use the Imaginarium for financial gain, there is a fee of $50 per booking.

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What Do I Need to Bring?

  • A current form of ID such as your library card (if you are a library member), a driver’s license, passport, or student ID card.
  • A USB memory stick to save your work to.

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Equipment List

The Imaginarium is soundproof and equipped with:

  • iMac computer,
  • a scanner to convert documents, photographs and 35mm slides or negatives to a digital format,
  • photo, video and basic audio editing software such as Garageband, iTunes, iMovie, and Photos; and iWork,
  • sound recording equipment such as a recording mixer; headphone amplifier; speakers; microphone; and Midi/USB keyboard for playing music,
  • optical character recognition (OCR) software for converting scanned printed image files to editable text,
  • Skype and FaceTime.

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