The library does not have any fax machines for public use. The University of Illinois Facilities and Printing Department has several copy centers across campus that can both send and receive faxes for student use. You can contact them at 217-333-9350 or visit their home page.
The following are examples of online fax services that have been reviewed by library staff.
Faxzero is a free web-based service that is advertiser supported; the site puts an advertisement on a coversheet that the recipient sees. You cannot receive faxes with this service, but you can send up to two free three page faxes per day to machines in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada. For longer or advertisement free faxes, there is a charge of $1.99 a page via Paypal. International rates may also be higher, typically around $4 per fax. Faxzero supports .doc or .pdf files, image files such as .gif, or a text based message.
Pamfax was originally a fax plugin to Skype for Windows computers. The application now has a desktop client for Mac, Linux, and Android as well as Facebook and Salesforce. You must download the software from the company's website. Rates start at $.12 per page (even for toll free numbers) to the US, Canada, and parts of Europe, with rates elsewhere listed online. Hundreds of file formats can be sent, including Microsoft Office documents, images, web pages, and .pdf files. Fax reception is free and unlimited with an assigned fax number for customers who pay monthly subscription fees.
The eFaxFree plan allows you to get a fax number (not always a local number) that sends faxes as an attachment in your email. You can receive up to 20 pages a month free with this service. You cannot send faxes for free using this service, but do have the option of paying for a monthly fax plan with many other features.
These services are monthly subscription plans that allow users to send and receive faxes. Most of theses services give you a local or toll free fax number and allow you to manage faxes online without requiring a fax machine. Pricing, number of included pages, and other features vary by provider and plan. Please check out these services individually to see what best suits your needs.