Computers & Technology

The Bloomfield Libraries are dedicated to providing our patrons with a wide-range of technologies and digital materials and services. We want to provide you with as open and smooth a computing experience as possible, while also attending to the need for security and privacy. If you need to print, scan, read an e-book, find an article, learn a skill, or simply surf the web, we have everything  you need.

Public Computers and Printing – “A Computer When You Really Need One”

Whether you prefer a Mac or a Windows-based PC, the Bloomfield Libraries have you covered. Our computers feature the following:

  • Timed computer sessions and reservations, accessible with your library card or a guest pass
  • Self-service printing, with per page rates of $.10 B&W, $.50 Color. Duplex available.
  • MS Office 2010 Professional, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher. Downloading documents/photos/videos is permissible, as is using flash drives.
  • AWE Computers for children, featuring educational games.
  • Earbuds ($1.00) and Flash Drives ($5.00) are available for purchase at the adult circulation desk at both libraries.

Wireless, Scanning, Faxing, and Copying – An Office Away from the Office

Whether you’re a student, a telecommuter, an entrepreneur, or just someone who needs a quiet place to work on your laptop, catch-up on paperwork, and scan/ fax/copy important documents, the Bloomfield Libraries offers the following helpful services:

  • Wireless internet access is provided on our Prosser Wireless and Wintonbury Library computer networks. Prosser requires username: publicuser / password: guest for access.
  • Print from anywhere and pick up at the library with our web-based printing service. Pickup and pay for all jobs at the Adult Services Desk. You can also send print jobs as email attachments by sending to the following addresses:

    Black & White (.10 ppg): ppl-bloomfield@printspots.com
    Color (.50 ppg): ppl-color-bloomfield@printspots.com

  • Scanners are available at both libraries. Scan a PDF or JPG with the push of a button.
  • Fax machines are available at both libraries. The first page is $1.75; each additional page is $1.00. Prosser accepts credit/debit cards, cash, and check; McMahon Wintonbury accepts only cash or check.
  • A copy machine is available at both libraries. The cost to copy is $0.10 per page. There is no color option on these machines.

Computer Classes & Mobile Devices – “Computer Literacy: At Home or On-the-Go”

The Bloomfield Public Libraries recognize that computer literacy is essential for navigating today’s world, especially when today’s smart phones and tablets put an enormous amount of computing power and information in the palms or our hands. Our computer literacy and mobile device services include the following:

  • A laptop computer lab (a gift from the Friends) for hands-on group classes
  • Classes on MS Word and Excel, Windows, Macs, the Internet, online resources, and mobile devices and services, including drop-in Tech Talk sessions. Check the Calendar for upcoming classes.
  • One-on-One lessons covering basic computer skills, mobile device usage, and resume/job search assistance are available at both libraries by appointment. Four 45-minute sessions are available for free to each patron, although available appointment times vary depending on the library location.

Prosser Public Library
Allison Wilkos:
860-243-9721, awilkos@libraryconnection.info

McMahon Wintonbury Library
Mara Whitman: 860-242-0041, mwhitman@libraryconnection.info
Sheila McCallum: 860-242-0041, smccallum@libraryconnection.info

Download a checklist of computer skills to help you decide on which areas to focus.

  • Typing Instructor software is available at the McMahon Wintonbury Library.
  • Library content for E-books & Audiobooks, E-magazines, movies and music that can be accessed with your card from the Download It page.
  • Online Resources to assist with school work, research and education, consumer information, and job assistance are available with your card.