Library resources for small businesses

If you’re a small business owner, are self-employed, or have a side gig, then you know that every little bit of support helps. The library has an array of tools that we hope will help your business thrive. Explore these resources, and let us know if you have any questions.

Meeting spaces – Seating areas are available throughout the library for quiet work, but we also have options for meetings, interviews, and more. Study rooms hold up to six people and can be booked for up to two hours at a time. Cardholders can book study rooms up to 48 hours in advance, but non-cardholders can also make use of available rooms by visiting the Information Desk on the second floor. If you need more time or a larger space, rental spaces can be booked up to 60 days in advance.

Technology – We hope you already know about our WiFi, which covers both the library building and Hinds Plaza, and our public PCs and iMacs. Visit our second floor to access the free scanning stations to save copies of documents, send faxes, and more. Printing and photocopying (both black & white and color) are available in our Business Center. You can also submit print jobs from anywhere and pick them up in the library within 24 hours through our remote printing service. Visit our Technology Services page for a complete list of services, printing fees, available software, and more.

Library of Things – The library now lends equipment that helps you work online anywhere, record your own podcasts, or project videos and presentations on the wall—to name just a few capabilities. With your library card, you can check out Chromebooks, computer media kits, mobile hotspots, portable power stations, and more to support your business goals wherever you are.

Databases – Use Reference Solutions by Data Axle for market research and to explore businesses throughout the US and Canada. Value Line Investment Survey offers company data and research on investment markets, and Business Source Complete provides full-text articles from more than 2,200 journals. Your library card also gives you access to a wide range of courses in business, technology, and creative fields through LinkedIn Learning. Access these and more through our Databases page.

Programs and classes – Build skills for a career pivot and find opportunities for networking at the Friday morning job seeker sessions, presented with PSG of Mercer County. Our technology classes can also help your business, like our upcoming courses on WordPress for Website Building and Using Google Sites. Keep an eye out for the PPLBiz tag on upcoming programs, and visit our PPLBiz Youtube playlist for recordings of past events you might find helpful.

And, finally, as you may have expected: a curated book list. Explore our Down to Business book list and visit our Business & Career neighborhood on the second floor of the library for even more selections.

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