Colchester - East Hants Public Library

John & Ann Gourley Media Lab
Booking Policy and Guidelines for Use


The John and Ann Gourley Media Lab is a creative space for digital and media projects and music recording.  It is on the main floor of the Truro Library. 


Who can use the Media Lab?

The Media Lab is available free of charge to individuals and small groups (2-4 members) who meet certain criteria.  Groups are asked to designate one member to make the booking and take responsibility for the room and equipment while in use.  Individual users and group leaders must:

•    possess an active library card in good standing   
•    possess a valid photo ID (NS Driver’s License, NS ID, School ID, etc.)
•    be 13 years of age or older.
•    complete an orientation of the lab and the equipment to be used.

Please note:  Users 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. The parent or guardian must complete an orientation and will be considered the main user.


What’s in the Media Lab?

Equipment includes:
•    digital camera                        
•    video camera
•    tripod
•    umbrella lights
•    green screen
•    audio input
•    midi keyboard
•    condenser microphone
•    digital drum kit
•    studio monitors
•    headphones
•    iMac computer with recording and photo and video editing software
Electric and digital instruments, which may be plugged in, are permitted at controlled volumes. 

Due to sound considerations, most acoustic instruments maybe used only by special arrangement and at the discretion of library staff. The lab’s midi keyboard with drum pad can imitate most of these instruments.

You will need your own storage devices (Mac compatible).  Files and work cannot be saved on library equipment as all files are deleted daily.


Booking a Session

Reservations are first come, first served and
•    may be made up to a week in advance.
•    are limited to one per week.
•    will be held for up to 10 minutes past the time booked, at which point the room will be made available to other patrons.
•    are up to 2 hours a session.  Staff may grant an extension if no one is waiting to use the lab.  

The final session of any given day, must conclude at least 30 minutes prior to closing to allow staff time to inspect the lab.

Upon arrival for the session, the individual or group leader will be asked to leave a piece of photo ID with library staff.  The ID will be returned, following staff examination of the lab and equipment, at the end of the session.   

Special Notes for Use
•    All rules of conduct in the library are applicable to this space. 
•    A maximum of 4 people are permitted in the lab at a time.
•    The space is not sound proof.  Please govern your audio levels accordingly and keep the studio door closed when rehearsing and recording.
•    No food or drink in the media lab; however covered drinks and snacks are permitted in the adjacent Burchell MacDougall Study.
•    No smoking please. The library is a designated smoke-free environment.
•    Please inform library staff when you are finished.
•    All equipment will be checked by staff before and after your booking. Responsibility for damage found after your session will be charged to the person who booked the lab.
•    The Library Board does not accept responsibility for the loss or damage of any items belonging to, or in the care of, individuals or groups using the library’s facilities.
•    Library staff, the Commissionaire, or law enforcement may enter the Lab at any time.
•    Permission to use the media lab and adjacent study room are at the discretion of the Library's CEO, on behalf of the Library Board.  Future bookings from any individual or group causing damage or failing to comply with the policy and guidelines outlined here may be refused.


Hours of Operation

Mon.               1:00 pm -  4:00 pm
Tues.-Thur.   10:00 am  - 8:00 pm
Fri.                10:00 am  - 5:00 pm
Sat.               10:00 am  - 5:00 pm
Sun.              Lab Closed



Media Lab