If you’ve never taken the time to check out your local library, you may be really missing out. Most public libraries have a business librarian who can answer business related questions and has contacts in the business world. Even if your library system doesn’t have a librarian who is dedicated to business, you can find a selection of popular business books and business databases. While you can find the latest bestsellers, don’t forget to check the shelves for must read classics like Think and Grow Rich.

However, most libraries don’t stop there. Your library may also offer business workshops and networking opportunities. Our local library system even has a librarian who specializes in consulting with small business owners and people who want to start a business. She has helped over a dozen people start their own businesses in the last year.

So, the next time you have a business related question, pick up the phone and contact your local business librarian. If you’re afraid your question is too simple, don’t be. The librarian’s creed is “There is no such thing is a stupid question.”

Have you used your local library as a business resource? I’d love to hear if your business librarian is as useful and helpful as the librarians I’ve contacted.

Originally posted on August 14, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

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