Verso Studios at the Westport Library is an exciting new endeavor making leading edge tools and technology available to the community. From podcasting, photography, videography, music production and more, the possibilities for the community are limitless. Put another way, all you can imagine can come to life right here at the Westport Library!
Our policies and procedures for access and use of the studios, and the associated equipment are still being finalized. Below are some answers to questions you may receive from patrons curious about this new addition to the Library.
Verso Studios at the Westport Library is an unparalleled collection of spaces, equipment and support staff to facilitate the production of myriad types of creative content. In addition to the Library's impressive Forum performance and event space, Verso encompasses the following assets:
Given the tremendous amount of technology and equipment that needs to be configured, the goal is to have the studios operational and accessible by late summer/early fall. This timeline gives us room to properly configure the facilities for patron use.
In some case, yes. Some equipment will be accessible and ready to use by the average patron. For example, the Podcast Kit and VidFun Kit (GoPro Kit) will be available for check-out to most patrons without special training.
However, much like our MakerSpace, for access to more sophisticated technologies and gear, there will be workshops and training required before patron use.
A kit is how we are referring to bundles of gear and accessories specific to one discipline. For example, the podcast kit includes all you would need to produce a podcast like microphones, headphones, mic stands, cables, etc. The user-friendly kits are designed to be portable, versatile and fun!
Certain gear packages have been designed to be used by our younger patrons as well as the general community. However, there will be age requirements for other specific equipment to be determined.
Most technology and services will be free. However, for specialty projects and extended use, we will have tiered access that will include a fee structure. For example, for extended use of the studios for professional purposes, we will have an affordable, yet competitive, pricing structure.
Yes. Some gear will be available for use outside of the Library. The kits that may leave the building are:
The specific terms of these check-out periods and user agreements are under development.