Digital Conversion Station
At the digital conversion station, members will be able to convert home movies on VHS to a DVD or digital file, files on DVD to a digital file, or cassette tapes to MP3. The station is equipped with a VHS/DVD recorder, a Canopus ADVC 110 converter, an external 3.5-inch floppy disk drive, and a 126KPK Super 8 slides and negatives scanner, as well as software such as Windows Movie Maker, WonderShare, Audacity and CyberLink software. The station can be reserved so please make sure to contact the Information Desk to schedule a session or find out more information.
Don't have the Internet at home? You can now check out a WiFi Hotspot from the Library and stay connected from the comfort of your home. Request a hotspot by using the SWAN Catalog and search "BFS WiFi." You only need to supply an electrical outlet to power the device. Borrowers must present a Brookfield Library card, sign a waiver, and provide photo ID. Hotspots can be checked out for one week and overdue fines are $15 per day. For more information please see our Hotspot Lending Policy. The Hotspot Lending Program was made possible through Tech Soup and Mobile Beacon, a non-profit organization with the mission of providing digital access to all.
Thanks to grant funding, the Library now boasts three 3D printers: the Prusa MK3S and the Monoprice Select Mini V2. The 3D printers will be used to continue the Library's mission of providing materials, programs, and services that enrich the lives of residents of all ages.
While 3D printing is not a new technology, it is only in recent years that 3D printers have been made available for general public use. Now any designer, from amateur to professional, can take designs they have created or downloaded from the Internet and create a three-dimensional object. The Library's 3D printer uses a corn-based filament called PLA to create objects or "things." Although the Prusa and Monoprice printers are very advanced, it is limited in what it can create; for example, it cannot replicate a working gun.
The Library offers 3D-related programming for all ages. Click here for the schedule of Library programs. To begin designing 3D images, check out the following web-based 3D modeling programs: tinkercad.com or 3Dtin.com. Or get inspired from thousands of free designs on thingiverse.com.
To print an object please email the .stl file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your top three desired colors for your print - if you're looking for a specific color or finish, don't hesitate to contact us! Please allow 1-2 weeks for the object to get printed and there will be a small charge: 25 cents per half hour your object takes to print. Library staff will contact before printing to confirm estimated printing costs and when your object is ready to pick up. If you have any questions regarding the 3D printer, please email us at email@example.com.
3D Carving is a subtractive technology that combines a router with modern software. The Library's carver is called the Carvey. It was donated by the company, Inventables. It can carve various woods, plastics, acrylics, aluminum, and more.
You can design your files using Inventables' free, cloud-based software Easel, or another design software. The Library will carve your design. You can share your Easel file or .SVG file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library circulates two NOOK Colors and four Kindles to Brookfield residents with cards in good standing. They circulate for three weeks and are enabled to download Digital Library of Illinois content. For more information, stop by the Information Desk or refer to the eBook Reader Policy.
Laptops for Use Inside the Library
We have 18 Dell laptop computers available for use within the library. A valid ID is required to check out a laptop and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask at the Check Out Desk for more information.
Laptops for Home Use
We have 10 Dell laptop computers available for at-home use. A Brookfield library card is required to check out a laptop and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Children ages 14-17 must have a release signed by a parent or guardian. Laptops for home use have a 3-day lending period, and overdue fines are $15 per day. For more information, please find our policy, press release, and instruction sheet.
Wireless Access and Printing
The Brookfield Public Library offers free wireless internet access inside the building. You may use one of our laptops to connect or use your own device.
Whether inside the Library on a laptop or smartphone or at home or work, you can send print jobs to the Library's black and white or color printer. Printing costs ten (10) cents per page for black and white prints, and fifty (50) cents per page for color prints. Please follow the steps at the Library's Wireless Printing page to send a wireless print. Print jobs will remain in the queue until the Library closes. To ensure you get your print, pick it up the same day you sent it.
We have many computer workstations available for patron use. All computers offer internet access and are equipped with the Microsoft Office suite of software. USB ports and CD drives are available at each workstation.
With a valid Brookfield Library Card, you may reserve computer time. Please call 708-485-6917, ext. 130 to reserve up to an hour of Internet use, up to 7 days in advance. Please note that members who owe fines in excess of $5.00 must clear their account before using the computers.
We offer free workshops for members who want to learn more about how to use computers and the internet. Computer Basics, Introduction to Windows 10, Introduction to Email, Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to Microsoft Word, and Introduction to Microsoft Excel classes are available. See our current schedule and register here.