At the reference desk we're frequently asked if we have a fax machine. While we don't have an old school fax machine here at the library, with the scanners located on our first and second floor labs and some fantastic web apps the occasional fax is now quick and easy to accomplish!
First, scan in your document. You can do this with the scanners located in the PC lab in the northwest corner of the second floor, or the first floor PC lab. There are step-by-step instructions on how to scan your document attached to the scanner. Once your documents are scanned, navigate to one of these web apps:
hellofax is a web-based service that allows you to send faxes and fill out and sign documents from your internet browser. New users are given five pages of faxing for free, and after that it costs $1.99 per fax (up to 10 pages, at $0.20/page after that). If you're a heavy duty faxer, you can also sign up for monthly plans which give you varying amounts of faxes each month.
If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, there is FaxZero which will allow you to send a maximum of two free faxes of three pages each a day for free! There is a catch, though. FaxZero will append a cover page with an advertisement on each fax. A $1.99 per fax payment through PayPal, though, will remove the advertisement and grant you up to fifteen pages per fax.
Although featured on our blog by Elisa before, it's worth mentioning the JotNot Scanner Pro app for the iPhone. A fantastic app for turning pictures of documents taken by your iPhone and turning them into PDF, PNG, or JPG files, it can also fax up to 5 pages through a $0.99 in-app purchase.
So, save yourself a trip to the local copy center when you need to send a fax! There are great resources online to send that occasional fax!