Digital Lab Policies & Procedures
Digital Lab Reservations
Reservations for computers and scanners have priority over walk-ins. Members are always welcome to stop in and use equipment in the MPC Digital Lab, but those with reservations have first access. Members reserving the Digital Lab Equipment are responsible for keeping their reserved times. Reservations for Digital Lab Equipment can be made on the Member Reservations page.
No Food or Drink in the Digital Lab
Do not bring food or drink into the Digital Lab, but feel free to use the lounge or kitchen if you’re eating, or drinking. Water and coffee are always available to members at no charge, but should not be brought into the Digital lab.
Do Not Leave Files on the Computers
MPC is not responsible for any files left on Digital Lab computers. The hard drives are cleaned on a regular basis. Please bring an external memory source like a portable hard drive, or thumb drive, as we delete all information left on the desktop daily.
Staff Assistance vs. Education
On any given day MPC staff on duty are always available and happy to answer any Digital Lab questions, but do not have the time to walk through all the ins and outs of the computers, software, scanners and printers. To become familiar with the Digital Lab, we strongly suggest member’s set-up a one on one appointment with one of our professional instructors. For more information on scheduling, please contact us.
Members Printing in the Digital Lab
We stock Premium Luster and Premium Enhanced Matte as our standard printing paper, and Canson Baryta Platine and Epson Velvet Art, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag and Albrecht Druer as our premium photo and matte papers. Printing charges are $08/sq in for standard papers and $.12/sq in for premium papers. Printing charges are $.07/sq in for user-supplied papers. Printing is charged on the full inch, not fraction and includes the full media size the image is printed on. There are forms supplied for recording print dimensions and must be handed to the lab tech or other MPC Staff for check out when members are finished. MPC staff is happy to assist in calculating printing charges. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted for payment. All user errors, size, color; paper profiles are the responsibility of the Member and will be charged accordingly. Members will not be charged for printing if it’s an error of the printer, transport, clogged nozzles or banding.
MPC has setup a network such that each of the computers in the Digital Lab can print to all printers. Please use the network and cabling provided and do not attempt to run additional USB or network cables between the various computers, scanners, and printers. If you are having difficulty, please contact an MPC staff member.