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Digital Arts Lab
Digital Arts Lab
The Digital Arts Lab is YOUR place for digital art creation, information and inspiration.

There are two Digital Arts Labs. The first is located at the John Steinbeck Library and the second at the Cesar Chavez Library. Each lab offers powerful Apple computers with software for creating music, video, graphics, photos, websites and more. There are resources to check out for digital art beginners, experts and everyone in between.

Our Story

On November 11, 2007, Elizabeth Martinez (the Salinas Public Library Director at that time) introduced the idea of a Digital Arts Lab to the Salinas City Council. Her idea became reality due to financial support from the Rally Salinas Fund. The Irvine Foundation also donated $25,000 to purchase computers and equipment for the first lab located at the John Steinbeck Library. The second lab, located at the Cesar Chavez Library, was made possible when Salinas Public Library won $10,000 for taking first place in the statewide Fast Internet Matters video contest.

Available Software

Adobe Creative Suite - Design Premium

Adobe Creative Suite

  • Photoshop Extended
  • Fireworks
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Flash Professional
  • Dreamweaver
  • Adobe InDesign

Final Cut - Video Editing


  • Final Cut Studio
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Final Cut Express
  • Live Type

Apple iLife


  • Garageband
  • iDVD
  • iMovie
  • iPhoto
  • iTunes
  • PhotoBooth

Hours & Events

The Digital Arts lab is available to the public seven days a week.  No advance reservations are required. Computers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Technology demos and learning events are frequently held at the Digital Arts Lab.  Upcoming events and demos are posted on the Library Calendar.

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