Your Business Matters
Your business thrives because of stellar product and services. We’d like to support you with free resources to help you do what you do even better.
“The business education services are online, so it’s easy to get the training you want when you want it. I learned about business management and how to build my company’s website. Whenever I am stuck on a business topic, I get one-on-one help with the Book a Librarian service. The Library is a tremendous resource for business owners of any size.”
–Marcus Budig, Owner/Artist, Northwest Metal Works
When you need an office on the go, away from your desk or home office, think of the library. All ten District Libraries are ADA compliant, ensuring that you and your clients have access to all library resources.
Get online at all 10 libraries from 6am to 11pm (even in the parking lot).
Reserve meeting space at a library, even outside of regular library hours, with online booking or by calling the library.
Printing, Copying, and Scanning
Print and copy up to 80 pages per week at no charge. Scan documents and images directly to a USB drive.
Computers with Business Software
Reserve a computer to work on your business projects and communicate with your team and clients. Our internet stations have standard Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
Use our filming and editing equipment for video and audio, including camcorders, tripods, LEDs, and microphones, available at select libraries.
Check out our 3D printer at the select Libraries. If you have a prototype idea, we’ll help you print it.
Book a Librarian is like meeting with a personal trainer or technology tutor. In a 30- to 45-minute session, we discuss the questions you have, whether about library services, technologies, or a business question. Then we match you up with available resources so you can achieve your objectives.
Let’s say you’re an entrepreneur looking for a location for your new specialty coffee shop. Our business librarians can help you use ReferenceUSA and DemographicsNow to map out where your competitors are located, where potential customers most frequently travel, and how they spend their discretionary income.
Can’t make it to the library? We’ll come to your workplace to answer questions and provide training and demonstrations to you and your staff. We’re everywhere you need to be in Spokane County.
“The business librarian taught me how to use the library’s digital resources, like Statista, ProQuest and DemographicsNow, for market research. When I had very specific industry-related questions, she helped me dig even deeper with research. Using that information I wrote a business plan that won the regional round of the Small Business Association’s InnovateHER Challenge competition, which was exciting.”
–Joni Kindwall-Moore, Owner
Whether you need to research your industry, create a market report or sharpen your Microsoft Office skills, we have the resources in our Digital Library to help.
“Over 90% of our clients use the Library’s resources to learn about potential markets for their small businesses. Many have also used the online training tools to help them with marketing and accounting.”
–Cara Weipert, Manager
Women’s Business Center at SNAP
Create detailed demographic reports to produce business and residential lists, review consumer spending, and visualize market trends with mapping tools.
Conduct market research and view competitor information with over 180 million residential listings and business directories.
Search articles from over 3,000 magazines, trade journals, newspapers, and industry profiles.
View business magazines, company information, case studies, industry profiles, SWOT analyses and market research reports.
Statista (in-library use only)
Explore easy-to-use portals to access statistics, studies, dossiers, infographics, and more.
Access hundreds of Washington state and federal forms on topics like contracts, lease agreements, and loans, as well as partnership and incorporation agreements.
Foundation Directory Online (in-library use only at Cheney, North Spokane, and Spokane Valley Libraries)
Find grant-makers most likely to fund your nonprofit organization in this regularly updated database, comprised of more than 140,000 grant funding organizations.
Enroll in high-quality classes to learn about topics ranging from effective business writing to fundamentals of supervision and management to effective selling.
Take a self-paced class to learn fundamental technology skills, improve your Microsoft Office skills, and learn web development, game design, and more. Find a course to increase your expertise.
Lynda.com (registered library card required)
Learn business and technology skills through online courses taught by industry experts on a wide range of topics, including small business marketing, Google Analytics, project management, and much more.
OverDrive (registered library card required)
Check out and download eBooks in ePub, Kindle and PDF formats and MP3 audiobooks, on diverse business topics.
hoopla (registered library card required)
Borrow popular movies, music, audiobooks and TV shows with instant streaming and automatic returns.
Zinio (registered library card required)
Read digital copies of popular magazines, including Forbes, Newsweek and Inc.
You can stop by any District Library to pick up and activate a business library card.
If you can’t make it to the library, call us and we’ll send you a card that provides immediate access to select digital resources. Cards need to be fully activated at one of our libraries to gain access to certain digital resources—including Lynda.com, OverDrive and hoopla—and to check out library materials.