Public libraries offer unique, free services that can help you to start, grow and run your business.
If you’re thinking about starting or growing your business, public libraries are an ideal starting point. They will support you in finding the information you need, whatever the nature of your business.
In addition to resources on starting and running a business, public libraries have a full range of stock on all interests from craft and design to food, technology, environment and much more.
Prefer digital? Check out the e-resources below, all available for free to library members
Many public libraries also offer hot-desking and meeting facilities, PC and internet access, relevant courses, workshops and a programme of events throughout the year to help you build a successful business.
List of free online business and employment resources available here.
Online Business Courses
Do you want to develop key business skills but don’t have time to attend a course? Why not take a self-paced, online course at a time that is most convenient to you?
Libraries offer access to 100s of online courses through Universal Class designed specifically for enhancing business skills. Business courses cover everything from customer relationship management to writing effective marketing materials. Take a course in finance or entrepreneurship, learn how to develop a business plan, handle employees, conduct interviews, get the most out of Microsoft Office and much more.
Library members can register with Universal Class and start a course within minutes.
Keep up to date with the latest business news from around the globe.
Read today’s national and international newspapers online for free through PressReader. Choose frommore than 2,400 newspapers from over 100 countries worldwide and nearly 4,000 magazines.
To access all newspapers, click on the link below and login to PressReader using your library card number.
Browse the online RBDigital Magazine collection, with the latest editions of over 350 international magazines, which includes The Economist, Forbes, Newsweek and OCC as well as sector-specific titles, for unique perspectives and insight into the current trends.
Library members can register with RBDigital and download your choice of magazine within minutes.
eBooks and eAudiobooks
Need some inspiration and motivation to grow your business? Delve into the collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks!
Learn from experienced business leaders through their biographies or read up on subjects such as management and ethics, social enterprise, digital marketing, leadership and more to help you gain the knowledge and skills to grow your business to its full potential.
To access the full collection, click on your library service below and login to Borrow Box using your library card number.
Cork City: http://library.bolindadigital.com/corkcity
Dun Laoghaire: http://library.bolindadigital.com/dunlaoghaire
South Dublin: http://library.bolindadigital.com/southdublin
This is your opportunity to learn a new language and give your business an extra competitive edge!
Choose from over 70 languages including Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and English. Mango languages can be accessed directly from the website of your public library service.
Click on your library service below and login to Mango Languages using your library card number and pin.
Carlow County Library service
Cavan County Library
Clare County Library Service
Cork County Library and Arts Service
Cork City Libraries
Donegal County Library
Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Library Service
Fingal County Libraries
South Dublin County Library
Galway City and County Library
Kildare Library & Arts Service
Kilkenny County Library Service
Laois County Libraries
Leitrim County Library Service
Limerick Local Authorities Library Service
Longford County Library
Louth County Library
Mayo County Library
Meath County Council Library Service
Monaghan County Library Services
Offaly County Library
Roscommon County Council Library Services
Sligo County Libraries
Tipperary County Council Library Service
Waterford City & County Council Library Service
Westmeath Library Service
Wexford Public Library Services
Wicklow County Council Library Service
New to the library?
Simply contact your local library and join for free today!
The business information resources outlined on this website have been compiled by public library staff.