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.
Scanning and Faxing
The Library has a color copier, scan and fax machine available for use. Copies cost ten (10) cents per page for black and white copies, and fifty (50) cents per page for color copies. We offer faxing services at no charge.
If you would like to use our scan, fax or copying services, please call ahead to make an appointment at (708) 485-6917.
The following locations can also be contacted about scanning or faxing services (please note that due to the current COVID environment their services may also be limited, so plan to contact them in advance to ensure you can get what you need):
4700 Gilbert Ave
Western Springs, IL 60558
2 N La Grange Rd
La Grange, IL 60525
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. Computers automatically shut down 15 minutes before the Library closes.
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.
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 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.
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.
Our in-house laptops are currently unavailable during the Library by Appointment phase of service.
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.
We are not currently offering in-person computer classes during the Library by Appointment phase of service.