Halifax Central Library's Media Studio

Media Studio

Halifax Central Library's Media Studio is a creative space for the community. Here, individuals or small groups can record and edit music, videos, and images using our professional software and technology. We also offer one-on-one training sessions to help improve media and production skills.

Where is the Media Studio?
The Media Studio is located on Floor 2 (Youth Services).

What’s in the Media Studio?
The Media Studio contains two recording spaces – Studio A and Studio B. Each studio is equipped with:

  • An iMac computer with editing and recording software
  • An audio interface
  • A MIDI keyboard

The Media Studio also offers:

  • Digital video equipment
  • Green screen technology
  • Vinyl album digitization equipment

You may bring in your own instruments or equipment, or you may borrow additional equipment from the Library to use during your session. Staff will be on hand to provide basic assistance during your session.

What kind of instruments and equipment do you have?
Equipment inventory - PDF (April 2017)

What software is on the iMacs?
A variety of recording and editing programs have been installed on the Media Studio computers including:

  • Logic Pro X
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium
  • GarageBand
  • iMovie
  • Audacity

Who can use this space?
All Halifax Public Libraries cardholders have access to the Media Studio. To use the space, you must complete a short orientation session.

  • If you’re 12-years-old or older, you’ll have full access to the Media Studio after completing the orientation and agreeing to follow our usage guidelines.
  • If you’re under 12-years-old, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult who has completed an orientation session and has agreed to follow our usage guidelines.

How do I book an orientation session?
You can book an orientation in person at the Welcome Desk on the first floor of Central Library, or by calling 902-490-5706.

Why do I need to complete an orientation?
During the orientation session, staff will show you the equipment and software available in the Media Studio. You will also learn the policies and procedures that you need to follow while you’re in the Media Studio.

I’ve completed the orientation. How do I book time in one of the recording spaces?
If you would like to book recording time, visit us at the Welcome Desk on the first floor of Central Library or by calling 902-490-5706.

Is more advanced training available?
Yes. Our staff can provide free one-on-one training for recording techniques, production and mixing skills, and graphic design projects.  You can arrange a one-on-one training session by calling 902-490-5706. 

We are working on a group project. Can we all fit in the studio?
Yes! Small groups are welcome to use the Media Studio, provided they do not exceed the maximum of six people. Please let us know when booking time so we can reserve the larger recording space for you.

Can I save my work on the Media Studio computer?
All files will be wiped from the Media Studio computers after your session, so you will need to bring your own large-capacity storage device or have access to a cloud-based storage service in order to save your work.