SPRINGFIELD, Mo - -

A new media lab is now open for Springfield-Greene County Library users. The lab is in the EDGE Technology Center at the Midtown Carnegie Branch. It gives users access to professional video and audio equipment.

The media lab includes an HD camera, lighting, a microphone, and even 2 macbooks with professional editing software. The library says it wants to make sure everyone has access to the technology.

"Possibly they can't access this equipment on their own,” explained training coordinator, Krissy Sinor with the Springfield-Greene County Library. “Most of it's fairly expensive and normal person wouldn't necessarily have the equipment available."

People of all ages can use the equipment to work on a large variety of projects including public service announcements, and even digital resumes. If you don't know how to use the equipment the library has a large database of tutorials to help you finish your project.

Ozarks Family Voices is a not-for-profit that has already used the new lab to make a video. The organization promotes reading to young children. It made a video to explain why reading is important.

"This is above and Beyond to have access to free equipment,” said chairman for Ozarks Family Voices, David Harrison. “And whatever you need to learn is provided. For people like us, it's the only way we could go."

The new media lab is at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library on Central Street. If you'd like to use any of the new media equipment, you can call the library to set up an appointment. The phone number for the Edge Technology Center is 417-837-5011.