Business and employment

Use library resources and events to build skills, do research, look for a job, consider new career paths and more.


Jobs, business, money, law

Build skills for job-seeking, careers and small business development.

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Online resources for employment


Interactive, guided tutorials including computer basics and operating systems and software from Microsoft and Mac.

Job and Career Accelerator

Resources and guidance for career exploration and job searching, including current job listings, tips for job interviews and guides for creating professional resumes and cover letters.


Live interview coaching, online resume and cover letter assistance. Offers practice tests, online writing lab, and skill building tools in math, reading, writing.

LearningExpress Library

Resources for basic computer and academic skill building, job preparation, and career advancement. Includes interactive tutorials, online books, and test preparation tools for GED, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and military and occupational exams.

LinkedIn Learning for Library

Access to LinkedIn Learning is restricted to Hennepin County residents and property owners. 

Formerly Video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. Lessons are for all skill levels on a wide variety of topics, including business skills and software; web design and development; music, photo, and video editing; and 3D design and animation. Courses are available in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese. 

Library ID for mobile app: hclib.

Online resources for business

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Company profiles, annual reports, full-text articles, and industry and market research reports.

Business Market Research Collection

Company, industry, economic, geopolitical market research with information from Hoover's, OxResearch, Barnes Reports, and Snapshots.

Business Source Premier

Detailed company and industry profiles, country economic reports, and market research reports. Full-text articles going back to 1922.

Gale Business: DemographicsNow

Directory for businesses and residences.  Demographic information for consumer and market research.

Gale Business: Insights

In-depth profiles, articles, case studies, and reports on international companies and industries. Includes interactive charts for industry, country, and company comparisons.

Gale Directory Library

Directories and encyclopedias covering brands; local, national and international associations; financial aid; college and university faculty; national and international research and information centers; statistic sources; publications and broadcast media; and publishers.

Mergent Intellect

Private and public U.S. and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, industry profiles, and more. Also includes residential search, demographic reports, job search, consumer data, First Research, and Key Business Ratios.


From S&P Global. Directory information and data (including stock reports) for global public and private companies. Industry reports, as well as sector data, mutual fund and ETF reports. Historical price record data, country data and compensation information for executives.

Reference Solutions

Formerly ReferenceUSA. Directories for Canadian businesses, and U.S. businesses and residences. Consumer/Lifestyles database offers market research.


Optimized for use in Chrome browser. Profiles of domestic and international advertising agencies and advertisers. Indexes brand names and offers advertising industry data.

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Full-text articles on starting and running a business, including planning, operations, marketing, financing, accounting, and taxes.

Gale Business: Plan Builder

Step-by-step guidance for planning, starting, and running a small business or nonprofit organization. 

Human Resources Compliance Library

Available only in a library. Addresses changing HR practices and federal and state laws.

Regional Business News

Full-text articles from regional business publications for the U.S. and Canada. Coverage dates vary.

Capital Changes U.S.

Available only in a library. Covers federal tax consequences of capital changes for U.S. publicly traded companies over 100 years.

Morningstar Investing Center

In-depth data and analysis on stocks, funds, and ETF’s. Also offers portfolio guidance and tutorials on stocks, funds, and portfolio building. Includes Investing Classroom.


From S&P Global. Directory information and data (including stock reports) for global public and private companies. Industry reports, as well as sector data, mutual fund and ETF reports. Historical price record data, country data and compensation information for executives.

Value Line

Financial data reporting, analysis, and securities ranking systems. Access up to five years of technical history.

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Patents and trademarks

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center, located on the second floor of Minneapolis Central Library, provides access to search tools for researching patents and trademarks, as well as a collection of reference materials and guides. It is the only patent and trademark resource center in Minnesota.

Learn more about the Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Elevate Hennepin

Elevate Hennepin brings together experts, tools, and programs designed to help new and established businesses get started, plan for next steps, and expand upon their success.

Elevate Hennepin is a one-stop hub for business advising and support, connecting business leaders to mentorship, cohort learning, education, events, low-barrier financing, and more.

Funded by Hennepin County and partner cities, Elevate Hennepin is administered by Hennepin County’s Economic Development division.

Book list

A selection of titles in the library collection.