The West Bloomfield Township Public Library has entered into another phase in its return to services.

The West Bloomfield Township Public Library has entered into another phase in its return to services.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Computer lab, printing from home now available at West Bloomfield library

By: Mark Vest | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published October 23, 2020

 After going to Phase 3 of its return to services, West Bloomfield Township Main Library Branch Manager Jeff Crocker recently wrote via email that “the biggest news in this phase is that public computers are available by appointment.”

After going to Phase 3 of its return to services, West Bloomfield Township Main Library Branch Manager Jeff Crocker recently wrote via email that “the biggest news in this phase is that public computers are available by appointment.”

Photo by Deb Jacques

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Township Public Library has moved into another phase of its return to services.

After beginning services again in the library’s Phase 1 and allowing patrons inside the buildings in Phase 2, the Phase 3 services that have resumed include the use of photocopy machines, notary service and access to pay fines and fees at self-checkout stations.

The library is also offering fax services.

According to a press release, “an additional goal of Phase 3 is providing access to the Library’s public computers, scanners and printers.”

Both the Main Library and Westacres Branch are open to the public.

“In Phase 3, our focus is still on keeping people healthy and safe while providing access to all of our materials,” Main Library Branch Manager Jeff Crocker wrote via email. “The biggest news in this phase is that public computers are available by appointment, so people will have access to our computers, scanners and printers again.”

Payment for photocopying and printing must be made at the attached print kiosks, with kiosks accepting credit and debit cards, and $1 bills and coins.

Bill and coin changers are not available.

Payment for fax services can be made at the reception desk with a credit or debit card.

If a user has a library account, a charge can be added to the account and paid later.

Cash is not currently accepted for payments of fines and fees.

Payments can be made online or at print kiosks.

The library’s credit card terminals also accept Apple Pay, Google Pay and Tap to Pay.

Crocker shared some thoughts about another service that is available.

“The service that I’m most excited about is printing from home, because we’ve been hearing from some of our users that while they may have access to computers or other devices at home, they do all of their printing at the library,” he wrote. “Now they can use our website to upload their print jobs wherever they are and pick them up at one of our print kiosks.”

Those who want to use the library’s computers can check in at the information desk with a library card.

Headphones have been removed from computer workstations. However, patrons are permitted to bring their own set.

Those who may want to save documents should bring a flash drive.

After computer sessions, library staff members sanitize stations, keyboards, mouses, work surfaces and chairs.

Part of the library’s release reads, “Please stay home if you have a fever, feel unwell or are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19.”

Patrons age 2 and older are required to wear face masks and follow strict social distancing guidelines.

It is “strongly encouraged” that patrons use self-check stations.

Library hours are listed as 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays.

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