Media Studio

NOTICE: Changes to service due to COVID-19. The Media Studio will reopen for public use January 11, 2021, with important health and safety modifications in place. Whether you are a new or returning Media Studio user, please carefully review the information on this page before requesting a booking.

Halifax Central Library’s Media Studio is the place where your digital dreams become reality—for free.  


About the space

Located on the 2nd Floor of Central Library, the Media Studio has two recording spaces and two workstations filled with the finest equipment and software to master your next jingle, chart-topper, podcast, video, or design. Bring your own instruments and tools, or use ours. View our Media Studios inventory, opens a new window.

Whether you’re trying your hand at something new or a seasoned pro, our friendly staff will be on hand to provide virtual assistance before and during your session. All you need is your library card. 


Request a booking

  1. Have your library card on hand. No card? No problem! Sign up for a temporary digital card here, and visit us soon to get your physical card. 
  2. Review our updated health and safety procedures below. We've worked hard to make all Library spaces safe and welcoming.
  3. Visit our booking request page, opens a new window to watch our orientation video and fill out our Media Studio request form. 
  4. We’ll be in touch! Our staff will connect with you to confirm and discuss your booking.
  5. Before you visit, bring what you need. Bring any instruments or tools of your own. You’ll also need to bring your own large-capacity thumb drive to save your work. All files will be wiped from computers after your session.  

Health and safety

  • It is mandatory to wear a mask when visiting all branches of Halifax Public Libraries, including while inside the Media Studio.
  • You will be asked to use the supplied hand sanitizer before entering.
  • All Media Studio users will sign a COVID-19 declaration when entering the space, and provide contact information. We will be holding on to this information for 42 days, in alignment with provincial contact tracing requirements.
  • We’ve moved some of the iMacs out of the space to ensure space for social distancing.
  • Access is limited to one person working in Studio A at a time, and up to three people in Studio B.
  • We’ve invested in some new safety gear for our Studio, and have developed an extensive cleaning and sanitizing routine to ensure every piece of equipment you’ll touch has been thoroughly cleaned, and/or quarantined for a sufficient amount of time.
  • Cleaning procedures take time to perform properly, so we’ve reduced the number of daily session bookings.
  • We’ve learned about our ventilation systems, and we feel confident that our systems circulate the air in our Studio adequately for your safety.
  • However, in order to protect our staff, we will only be providing technical assistance virtually once your recording session has begun in order to reduce their exposure to any air-borne droplets from singing or other high-risk activities.

Studios and equipment

The Media Studio has two recording spaces equipped with everything you need to start recording, and two fully-loaded iMacs complete with all the software you need for your audio, video, and design projects.

See a full inventory of equipment.

Software

Our iMacs come fully loaded with a variety of recording and editing programs including:

  • Logic Pro X
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign (CS6)
  • GarageBand
  • iMovie
  • Audacity

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