Have you been wanting the join the Melrose Center to take advantage of our amazing resources, but just haven’t found the time? Well thanks to the new OnDemand General Orientation, becoming a Melrose Center Member has never been easier! This series of narrated videos covering all things Melrose can give you access to the Center in less than 20 minutes. Give the G.O. a go and see for yourself!
Beginning July 1, Melrose Studios, Simulators and Sound Booths will be available for reservation. Melrose Members who have access credentials for the Audio Studio, Photo Studio or Video Studio can reserve available sessions online now! Members who have Flight or Driving Simulator access credentials will be able to call starting in July to reserve up to two hours per day on each Simulator.
Also July 1, Sound Booths will join Editing Bays and Editing Workstations as resources available to all Melrose Members. Each of the Melrose Center’s two Sound Booths will be available to reserve once per day for two-hour sessions. Melrose Members will also be able to use available seating in the Center’s open area to use their own computers and devices for creative projects.
Call 407-835-7323 to speak to Melrose Center staff about reservations.
Looking ahead, we expect Studio Orientations and Assessments, Simulator Orientations and key in-person equipment classes to return in September.
Beginning April 1, the Melrose Center will be open for Melrose Members to use Editing Bays and Editing Workstation Computers. Each of the Center’s two Editing Bays will be available once per day for a maximum of three hours, with sessions available by reservation up to one week in advance. The five Mac and five Windows Editing Workstation Computers will be available for three-hour sessions on a walk-in basis.
The Melrose Center will open at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with all sessions needing to be concluded no later than 5:15 p.m. As with all OCLS locations, face coverings must be worn while in the Center.
Melrose Center Studios, Simulators, Sound Booths and the Fab Lab will remain closed after April 1, but are expected to gradually open in the coming months. We will also be introducing an online Melrose Center General Orientation soon to welcome new Melrose Members.
The pandemic has significantly affected some creative professionals, forcing them to adapt in order to make a living. Some have reimagined their business model and others have reinvented themselves to offer different services. Have you successfully overcome the challenges of safely conducting business? Or are you looking for ideas to move forward? Join us Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss success stories and share tips to inspire others.
This Virtual Event is presented by Melrose Center instructors. Join our Meetup groups to connect with other creatives in the community.
As has been the case since March when the Orange County Library System closed all locations due to COVID-19, the Melrose Center is currently closed to the public. While OCLS has reopened all locations, the limited service parameters currently in place have continued to guide us with regard to re-opening the Melrose Center. In the Library’s current phase of restoring services, locations are open for services limited to returns, grab-and-go service and computer usage for up to one hour. Seating areas, charging stations and meeting rooms are not accessible. It would not be practical to limit typical Melrose Center customer activity – studio use, editing bay, editing workstation and sound booth sessions, for example – to one hour. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to open the Melrose Center during this phase.
OCLS continues to carefully monitor the situation, and when we move to the next phase of restoring services, we will reopen the Melrose Center. As we draw closer to that time, we will announce details about how the center itself will be reopened in stages. The Melrose Center, by its nature, is a high-touch environment outfitted with sensitive equipment. We are currently working to address the challenge of effectively sanitizing equipment after each use and putting plans in place to assure Melrose customers can resume utilizing the resources safely.
Please know that Melrose Center staff miss seeing our wonderful customers. We very much look forward to again opening our glass doors for the community of innovators and creators that help make the center such a great place. Until then, please take advantage of the dozens of virtual events that Melrose Center Staff offer each month – type “Melrose Center” into the search box to see just those events led by Melrose Center Instructors.