Wireless Access and Printing
Printing is still available during the Library's Curbside phase of service. To have your documents printed, please follow the steps here and call to let the Library know when you would like to arrange to pick your documents up. All printing under $2.00 (20 pages of black and white, 4 pages of color) is currently complimentary. For jobs over $2.00 please bring exact change.
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
Due to the Library's current Curbside phase of service, we are not available for scanning or faxing requests. The following locations can 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.
In-house computer access is currently unavailable during the Library's Curbside phase of service.
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 two 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 printers use 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 request a 3D print, please email your .stl file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your top three desired colors for your print - click here to see a list of colors currently available. The Library charges .25 cents per half hour your print time takes, and we will contact you before printing to confirm the estimated printing cost. Please allow 1-2 weeks for the object to get printed - the Library will contact you when your object is ready to be picked 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, and 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 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.
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 Digital Conversion Station is currently unavailable during the Library's Curbside phase of service.
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's Curbside 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. See our current schedule and register here.