Patron Services

3D Printing | Assistive Devices | Art Exhibits | Computer Labs | Copiers | Dominic Froio Memorial Garden | Faxing | Homebound Delivery | Interlibrary Loan | Notary | Scanning Stations | Study Rooms | Text a Librarian | Wi-Fi Printing


3D Printing

The library offers 3D print services to the community. For a small fee, we can print your 3D creations. See the 3D Printing page for more details.


Assistive Devices

The library offers a collection of assistive devices for people with disabilities. This collection includes a variety of handheld magnifiers, as well as book holders, large print playing cards, and other items that are available to check out. See a complete list of assistive devices here.

The library also owns a state-of-the-art CCTV text magnifier. This magnifying device can help those with low vision to read books, sort out their bills, or decipher a prescription medicine bottle.


Art Exhibits

Exhibits of different forms are welcome at the Bloomingdale Public Library. Exhibits stimulate interest in a variety of library materials, provide information, develop aesthetic appreciation, and furnish an opportunity for individuals and groups to display artistic and educational materials.

Exhibit Policy and Regulations


Computer Lab

The library has multiple computers available for public use in two computer labs with various levels of Internet access and software. Access to these computers requires a Bloomingdale Library card, registered reciprocal library card, or a guest pass.

Printing from the computers is available. Black and white prints are 10¢ per page. Color prints cost 50¢ per page. Cash, credit, or debit are accepted.

In addition, the library has a portable computer training lab with laptops. Please see Computer Services for more information on the services available in our labs.


Copiers

Photocopiers are available on the main level. Black and white copies cost 10¢ per page. Color copies cost 50¢ per page. Cash, credit, or debit are accepted.


Faxing Services

Faxing is available through the library's Business Office. Cash only. Credit cards not accepted.

The library's fax number is 630-529-3243.
Prices:

  • Local Chicagoland area codes
    1st page: $1.00
    Additional page(s): $1.00 each
  • Long distance
    1st page: $2.00
    Additional page(s): $1.00 each
  • International (some countries cannot be faxed to)
    1st page: $3.00
    Additional page(s): $2.00 each

Homebound Delivery Service

Seniors without transportation and anyone limited in their ability to visit the library due to illness, surgery, or disabilities are eligible to receive free delivery of library materials at their home or residential facility. Homebound patrons must live in Bloomingdale and have a valid library card. Call the Adult Services Department at 630-924-2730 or fill out our online application to set up homebound service.


Interlibrary Loans

Don’t see what you want in the catalog? We can borrow items from library collections nationwide. Ask a librarian to help or request the item through WorldCat. Note: Interlibrary loan is available for Bloomingdale Public Library cardholders only.

  • Stop by the Reference Desk
  • Call us at 630-924-2730
  • Email us at bdref@mybpl.org
  • Text mybpl to 833-445-8848
  • Chat with us by clicking the Ask a Librarian box to the left
  • Request the item yourself through WorldCat

Notary Service

Notary service is available at no charge to library patrons at the Adult Services Reference Desk. Please call the Reference Desk at 630-924-2730 to check notary availability. Occasionally, notaries are unavailable on nights and weekends.

To have a document notarized, please follow these steps:

  • Do not sign or date the form ahead of time. Notaries typically must witness the document being signed.
  • All people signing must be present.
  • Bring unexpired, valid photo identification. Photo IDs must be issued by the state or federal government and have a valid signature. The ID name must match or have more information than the document.

    - Valid Example: Document lists Mary H. Jones. Your license shows Mary Harriet Jones. This ID is valid for identification purposes.

    - Invalid Example: Document lists John Henry Smith. Your license shows John H. Smith. This ID is NOT valid for identification purposes.

Items We're Unable to Notarize

  • Cook County real estate transactions (AKA document of conveyance)
  • Vital records - Birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificates and citizenship or naturalization certificates. You must request a certified copy from the county clerk, local registrar, or state Department of Public Health/Vital Records.
  • School records - Only the school registrar has the authority to provide certified copies of student records. They must have a school seal and a tamper proof envelope, so these should be requested directly from your school.
  • Military IDs or government common access cards (CAC)
  • IRS tax returns - The IRS can provide certified copies of tax returns or a free tax transcript.
  • Documents for loan closings, escrow, or similar transactions that require a certified Notary Signing Agent. From the National Notary Association: "A Notary Signing Agent is hired as an independent contractor to ensure that real estate loan documents are executed by the borrower, notarized, and returned for processing on time. Completing this critical part of the loan process enables the loan to be funded." Library notaries aren't trained/certified in these services and can't process these types of documents.

Scanning Stations

The library has multiple scanners for public use. Use the Simple Scan touchscreen station to scan and save to a flash drive, email, or fax. The Simple Scan Station comes equipped with a flatbed scanner for books and magazines, as well as a high speed document scanner. You can scan items and save them in several different formats including PDF, Searchable PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and Word document.


Study Rooms

The library has 2 study rooms available for reservation, 1 Group Study Room and 1 Quiet Study Room. To reserve a study room, visit the Adult Reference Desk or call 630-924-2730. Study room reservations are not available online.

Study Room Rules

  • Study rooms can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Advanced reservations can be booked for 2 hours max per day.
  • If no one else is waiting to use the room, room use can be extended up to 4 hours max per day.
  • Rooms held for 15 minutes for reservations.
  • Capacity Limits
    - Group Study Room - Max 8 people
    - Quiet Study Room - Max 2 people (no talking allowed)
  • Open to patrons in high school and older.
  • All patrons can use the rooms (not restricted to Bloomingdale cardholders)​.
  • If there are no advanced registrations, rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.​

Text a Librarian
Text a librarian is available during regular library hours.

  • Text: mybpl
  • To: 833-445-8848
  • Type your question
  • Save 833-445-8848 in your contacts as mybpl

There is no charge for this service, but your carrier's standard message rates apply.


Wi-Fi & Wireless Printing

We provide a free wireless network throughout the library. Laptop computers equipped with wireless cards should automatically detect and connect to our network (network name/SSID: Library.Guest).

Wireless printing is also available.