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Beyond the Books

Take advantage of the business resources your local library has to offer.

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This story appears in the November 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Not just good for reminiscing about your childhood story time, your local library has a wealth of information to help startup entrepreneurs. "There are a lot of wonderful programs available for [entrepreneurs] at public libraries," says Leslie Burger, president of the American Library Association. Some examples of amenities: SCORE volunteers providing counseling sessions to help develop business plans, as well as publication collections and software available for use by businesses.

Burger also cites programs like JerseyClicks, which has funded the licensing of proprietary databases for use by state businesses, a service that's normally too expensive for a startup on a budget. To find out what's available both nationally and locally, go to the ALA website.

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