Technology: 3D Printing, eReaders & Computers

Digital Conversion Station

At the digital conversion station, members will be able to convert home movies on VHS to a DVD or digital file, or files on DVD to a digital file. The station is equipped with a VHS/DVD recorder, a Canopus ADVC 110 converter, as well as Windows Movie Maker, WonderShare, 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.

WiFi Hotspots

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.

3D Printing

Thanks to grant funding, the Library has three 3D printers: two (2) 3D Systems' Cube 2 and a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer. 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 3-dimensional object. The Library's 3D printer uses a corn-based filament called PLA to create objects or 'things'. Although the MakerBot Replicator 2 is 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 or shapeshifter.io.

To print an object please email the .stl file to reference@brookfieldlibrary.info. Please indicate what color you would like (red, green, blue, clear, black, purple, orange, neon green, neon pink, glow-in-the-dark, translucent purple, gray, yellow, white, translucent yellow, brown, khaki, and army green). 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 you when your object is ready to pick up. If you have any questions regarding the 3D printer, please email Frank Murray at fmurray@brookfieldlibrary.info.

eReaders

The Library circulates four NOOKs, four Sony Readers, and six Kindles to Brookfield residents with cards in good standing. They circulate for three weeks and are enabled to download My Media Mall 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 cents per page for black & white, and fifty cents per page for color. 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.

Computer Access

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 online. Click here to sign up for an hour of Internet use, up to 7 days in advance. Please note that patrons who owe fines in excess of $5.00 must clear their account before using the computers.

Computer Instruction

We offer free workshops for patrons who want to learn more about how to use computers and the internet. Computer Basics, Introduction to Windows 7, 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.