Westlake Porter Public Library circulates books, sure, but did you know you can check out a DVD player? That’s just one of the non-traditional items that the library makes available to its patrons. Libraries have transformed and enhanced the lives of patrons all over the world. Westlake Porter Public Library is continuously seeking ways of meeting patrons’ needs in useful and engaging ways. Let’s take a moment to highlight some of our most requested of these non-traditional items. All of these items are requestable through the library catalog. Loan periods range from one to three weeks.

Did you inherit a box of 8mm or super 8 film reels with no way of viewing them and no place to put them? The Wolverine Reels2Digital MovieMaker-Pro has the solution for you! Simply insert an SD card into the back, and the MovieMaker-Pro will record your film as an MP4 file. Wonder no more what is on those reels! Pop your SD card into your computer or laptop (or stop in the library) and you will be transported into your family’s history!

Remember cassette tapes? Maybe your collection of mix tapes from the 80’s and 90’s needs to be shared with a younger generation. Here’s your chance. The Jensen Cassette Converter will take your cassette and transform it to an MP3 file. It comes with a USB cable that will plug directly into your computer or laptop for easy digital transfer.

With streaming services becoming more popular, you might think DVDs and Blu-rays were going away, but the library still circulates quite a few! If you ditched your player, never fear, you can check out one of our players to watch it. Both players have HDMI connections. Don’t have a TV? Our external DVD drive allows you to watch a DVD your laptop or computer.

Did you inherit a box of slides and film that you can’t view? Check out the F2D Titan 8-in-1 High-Definition Film to Digital Converter from Wolverine Data and convert them to digital files. This small converter will convert your film to an MP4 file and store them on an SD card. Put all of your memories in one place!

The Sony Handycam Hi8 camcorder will allow you to view what is on those 8mm and hi8 mini camcorder tapes. Wondering what those tapes have on them? Check our camcorder out and solve the mystery!

Do you have a VHS tape or DVD that you would like to save as a digital file? The Elgato Video Capture will plug into an analog video device, such as a VHS or DVD player and allow you to save video directly to your computer or laptop as an MP4 file.

We have everything you need to start your own garage band! Check out one of our musical instruments and jam out.


This entry wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our brand new Makerspace! The room contains a sound booth, 3D printers, a sublimation printer, heat press, vinyl cutter, Cricut, and so much more. Visit our Makerspace page to make a reservation to use it and learn about the equipment.

Victoria Vogel

Adult Services Associate