How Much Does it Cost to Fax at The Library?

Last Updated on March 25, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Although a lot of situations might require you to send a fox out, how many people actually have a fax machine still lying around? It seems rather impossible nowadays to find a fax easily available to send out your papers. And even if you get your own fax machine, its maintenance and materials needed for proper functioning might be very costly considering how often you will actually be required to use it.

So the next question arises: Is it possible to fax papers at the library? And if so, how much does it cost to fax at the library? The short answer is yes, and at a pretty affordable rate, especially when you only need to send faxes occasionally.

You can use the public fax machines found in most libraries to fax papers.

Although most libraries will have their own fax machine that they use for all office-related tasks, they won’t always offer public fax services. You can always ask one of the employees about the availability of the fax machine, and they will most likely be able to help you but remember that talking politely and smiling always does wonders.

So yes, libraries offer printing services most of the time. But make sure you print or scan a document before you fax it if you don’t have a hard copy readily available.

And yes, library employees in places where faxing services are available, will have the knowledge and the disponibility to help you send your fax through.

How much does it cost to fax at the library?

You will most likely send faxes to toll-free numbers and local numbers for anywhere between $0.25 and $1.20 per page at your local library, depending on several factors including your location and the number of pages you will be faxing.

Services Costs
One Page at the library $0.25 to $1.20
Dingtone Fax $7.99/W, Unlimited

Pros and cons of faxing at the library

Public Library FaxingGoing to your local library to send a fax will be the most convenient choice for most people. Libraries will likely charge significantly less than most other locations providing fax services.

But keep in mind that just like many other services out there, they do come with some disadvantages as well:

The first downside is that while faxes can be sent out from the library, you won’t be able to receive faxes in their locations. So depending on your situation, if it is more important to receive a fax than to send one out, then it might be close to impossible to receive the fax document as it comes in unless you sit next to the machine.

You might also like our articles on the cost of UPS fax services, UPS PO boxes, or commercial copiers.

Of course, libraries aren’t ubiquitous as convenience stores are, obviously. As you surely know, especially if you fax documents frequently, stores like Staples, FedEx, UPS, and so on, will offer fax services inside their locations. Of course, libraries aren’t as many around you as there are big store chains that offer these services, so the opportunities to fax a document from a library are a lot more limited than doing the same from a store chain.

There is also an issue with the safety and privacy of your documents. When you are using public services, you will likely jeopardize your personal privacy. When placing your confidential document in a public fax machine, you risk making it available to the public. This is actually the biggest downside of using a cheaper alternative for communication and sending documents.

Without a library nearby, how do fax papers be easy and fast?

If you don’t have a library close to you or the one near you doesn’t have a working fax machine, you can still find faxing machines inside Staples, FedEx, Post Office, UPS, and so on. However, you should be prepared for rather big rates when it comes to these locations so if you’re on a tight budget, you might not like the prices you will have to pay. And the more pages you have to send, the more expensive this will get.

You can also use an online fax service, as there are quite a few to pick from. Both professional services offered by store chains and online services will come with some very important advantages, including:


Professional services, although more expensive, will also reduce the risk of a document being leaked. When it comes to online fax services, their security is guaranteed by the technology behind them, while store chains will have trained personnel that is legally liable in case the documents get leaked.

Fit for All Budgets

As there are a lot of stores that offer these types of services, there are also different prices for different people and different budgets. This means that a little due diligence will enable you to find a price that works for you.

Easy and Flexible to Use

When going for an online fax service, you will be able to use it from your mobile device, which can be either Android or iOS. This means that you will be able to send a digital document as a fax whenever you need to, from the comfort of your home. The good part is that online services enable you to edit the document before you send it out. When it comes to physical stores, the process is easy in that an employee can take you through the whole process so you won’t have to be too technically oriented to be able to send out your documents.

Final Words

So yes, you can send faxes from your local library.

Although a library can be a very cheap alternative when it comes to fax services, it does have downsides like privacy issues.

If you don’t have a library close to you, you can go to a store chain for faxing services, although this will most likely be a more expensive alternative.

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