Library Resources and Tools

The Plainfield Public Library provides resources, training, programming and services that supports the business community.

Website

www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org: Open 24/7 to reserve books, download eBooks, research online and check your account.

Reference Services

Contact a Reference and Reader Services Librarian to assist you with your research using library resources. Assistance is available in a variety of ways to meet your needs:

  • In-Person: Stop by the Reference Desk on the upper level
  • Phone: Call the Reference Desk directly at 815-327-2515
  • Text-A-Librarian: Text the Reference staff by texting ‘askppl’ and your question to 66746
  • Book A Librarian: Make a free one hour appointment for one-on-one instructional or research assistance on using library resources. Sessions are held in the Library. Reservations require 48 hour advance notice and are dependent upon staff availability.

Online Research

Resources to find personal finance information, company and market research, business articles, books and reference material.  A Plainfield Public Library card is required for home access.  Find these resources on our website here: www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org/reference/onlineresources.aspx.

  • AtoZdatabases
  • Business Source Premier
  • Credo Reference
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Learning Express Library
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • MasterFile Premier
  • Morningstar
  • ProQuest Chicago Tribune
  • ProQuest Newsstand
  • Public Records
  • Small Business Reference Center
  • Value Line

eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Digital Magazines

Download eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines with your Plainfield Public Library card. A variety of books and magazines about personal finance and business are available here: www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org/readers-space/downloadable-books.aspx.

  • PinDigital (eBooks and eAudiobooks)
  • eRead Illinois (eBooks)
  • OneClickDigital (eAudiobooks)
  • Zinio (digital magazines)

Books

Find books for computer training, personal finance, legal guides, starting a business, marketing and more in the Adult Non-Fiction collection on the upper level.

Call Number &  Subject

  • 004, 005, & 006:  Computer Training
  • 332:  Personal Finance
  • 346:  Legal Guides
  • 658:  Business

Magazines

  • Barron’s
  • Business Ledger
  • Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Investor’s Business Daily
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • The Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fast Company
  • Forbes
  • Fortune
  • Inc.
  • Small Business Opportunities

Training

The Library offers a variety of free hands-on computer and technology classes to help you brush up on basic skills or Microsoft Office software. Classes are also available for LinkedIn, eBooks, and occasionally library resources such as Value Line. Visit the online calendar for details and registration: www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org/library-info/events.aspx.

Online Training

Computer training is available through the Library’s website: www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org/reference/onlineresources.aspx.

Learning Express Library: Training modules for basic computer skills, Microsoft Office, career test prep and writing skills. These video tutorials are interactive and free to use with your Plainfield Public Library Card.

HelpNow: an online homework help service with an Adult Learning Center that offers a writing lab. Submit writing samples or speak live with an online tutor for help with your business writing. This service is free to use with your Plainfield Public Library card.

Treehouse: Courses teach you the skills necessary to build your own websites and apps or start a business. By watching videos, building projects and getting quizzed, you’ll open up entirely new possibilities in your life. With these skills at hand you can dream big and accomplish whatever you set out to build.

Programming

Strictly Business Lunch & Learn Series: Dynamic workshops and presentations to guide small businesses in day to day operations.

The Strictly Business Lunch & Learn Series is a one hour program designed to provide useful and timely information for the local business owner. The presenters are top in their field. The topics range from writing business plans, increasing sales, product development to social marketing. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. The Plainfield Public Library and the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce are committed to encourage local business development with the Strictly Business Lunch & Learn Series. Visit the online calendar for details and registration: www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org/library-info/events.aspx.

Free Small Business Mentoring by SCORE Fox Valley

Second and Fourth Mondays, 7:00 PM: Offered by volunteers from the Fox Valley Chapter of SCORE. Space is limited and registration is required through the SCORE website. Visit www.ScoreFoxValley.org, click on Free Mentoring and follow the steps to register at the Plainfield Public Library. SCORE is a nationwide, non-profit organization dedicated to helping the owners of existing and start-up businesses assure that their businesses grow and prosper. Click here for instructions to schedule a session with SCORE.

Community Relations Services

The Plainfield Public Library partners with many community organizations. Our affiliations include:

  • The Plainfield Chamber of Commerce
  • WSYK (Women You Should Know)
  • The Plainfield Kiwanis Club
  • Confident Communicators Toastmasters Club
  • The Lions Club of Plainfield
  • Conservation Plainfield
  • Youth Outreach Council of Romeoville
  • All Our Kids Network
  • The Riverfront Foundation

The Community Relations team works closely with local school districts (both public and private), local child care/day care centers, scouting organizations, PTA/PTO’s and community ESL groups.

Our Community Relations Coordinator is available to talk to groups within the community on requested topics and can speak to you or your organization specifically about Library resources for businesses of all sizes.

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