VHS to DVD Conversion

What is this service?

Our VHS to DVD converter can convert your old VHS tapes to DVD format. Use our service to convert all those old home movies and family videos to a usable format. Once on a DVD, you can transfer the data to a computer and share.

What do I need to do?

This service is available to Columbiana Public Library card holders only. You may drop off one (1) VHS tape at a time and a staff member will convert it for you. Sign our agreement form and provide the requested contact information. Please allow up to two (2) weeks for your VHS tape to be converted as the entirety of the VHS must be played as it records, so process times vary. You will need to present your library card when dropping off and picking up VHS & DVDs.

Service Policies

1. The library reserves the right to deny use of the equipment or copying of materials deemed inappropriate or illegal.

2. The converter is available only to Columbiana Public Library cardholders. Your card must be presented at the time of drop off and pick of VHS/DVDs.

3. It is expressly prohibited to convert any VHS tapes that violates or infringes upon a patent, trademark, or other proprietary use. Use of the converter and associated equipment shall follow all legal guidelines. U.S. Copyright Law governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

4. The library does not guarantee a successful conversion.

5. The library is not responsible for any damage that occurs to VHS tapes during the conversion process.

6. A fee of $1.00 for each DVD is required upon pick-up.

7. The quality of the DVD will depend upon the quality of the VHS tape recording.

8. DVDs and/or VHS tapes that are not picked up after 30 days will be discarded.

9. A fee of $1.00 will be charged to the patron’s record after 30 days for each unclaimed disc.

View our Agreement Form here.

Additional Note:

The library is not responsible for the success of the conversion project. Note that VHS tapes can suffer wear and degradation over time. The library is not responsible for any damage to a VHS tape that may occur during the process. It is at the discretion of library staff to deny use of the converter based on material deemed illegal or inappropriate.

Frequently Asked Questions

May I convert my VHS copy of a feature film or TV show?

No, the library cannot convert any VHS tape that has been copyrighted. Copyrighted materials include, but are not limited to feature films and TB shows. We can only convert home movies or VHS tapes you have personally recorded. If you are unsure about the copyright status of an item, contact the library and a staff member will be able to assist you.

How much does this service cost?

The service is free, but we do charge a $1.00 fee for each DVD. This fee is nonrefundable and paid at pickup.

How will I know my DVD is ready?

Once completed, a staff member will contact you to pick up your VHS and converted DVD. Please bring your library card and the $1.00 fee with you when picking up your items.

Can I convert other types of video tapes (Hi-8, VHS-C, 8mm, Digital 8, BetaMax, etc.)?

Unfortunately, our equipment can only convert regular VHS tapes at this time.

Is it safe? What if the VCR eats my tape?

We haven’t had a problem yet, but if you are concerned that your VHS tape might get damaged, you should consider taking your tape to a professional service that offers a safety guarantee.

For further questions, please contact the library via cpl@columbiana.lib.oh.us or 330-482-5509.