The labs

Our digitization services are supported by three program arms organized around broad families of content formats: paper-based materials, born-digital files, and audiovisual media. These program arms work in collaboration to provide streamlined and consistent digitization services across these various formats. Each lab also develops its own best practices, technical expertise, and lab facilities. The combination of cross-lab coordiation and format-specific specialization ensures that even the most complicated digitization requirements receive the utmost expertise and care.

Born-digital / Forensics Lab

Specialized facilities and staff focused on born-digital materials such as files and software from diskettes, optical media, hard drives, data tapes, etc.


Camera used for rare book digitization

Digital Production Group

Specialized facilities and staff focused on digital imaging of manuscripts, books, maps, photographs, prints, illustrations, etc.


SMPL has turntables capable of playback of the range of discs spanning recorded sound history.

Stanford Media Preservation Lab

Specialized facilities and staff focused on film, audio, and video (analog and born-digital).