Small Business Matters at the Library
Spaces to Meet and Work
Every one of our 98 branches is a potential work or meeting place, with tables, free wifi, and computers with Internet and MS Office. Many locations also have meeting rooms and auditoriums that can be rented for reasonable rates.
Expert Staff Assistance
Librarians at the district and research and reference libraries have knowledge and access to specialized content on business topics. This support is available at information desks, through the business blog, or during a scheduled one-on-one consultation on business resources.
Specialized Business Resources
We have books, e-books and articles on marketing, business plans, human resources and financing, and your library card gives you access to more than 25 business databases, such as Associations Canada, Scott’s Business Directories Online, and Mergent Online, which provides company information and annual reports.
Programs and Seminars
Throughout the year, the library offers free seminars and workshops on social media, market research, franchising, and more. New entrepreneurs just starting out can apply to Business Inc., a nine week comprehensive program offered in association with Toronto Business Development Centre.
Small Business Month
This October we celebrate Small Business Month with a broad range of programs throughout the city and, for the first time, an Entrepreneur in Residence who can advise and answer small business questions during programs, through regular blog posts, and at one-on-one consultations.
Join the Conversation!
Toronto Public Library is developing the Strategic Plan 2012-2015 to help achieve its draft vision:
Toronto Public Library will be recognized as the world’s leading public library, helping make Torontonians smarter, successful and resilient, through excellent and responsive service.
Your feedback is invaluable. Help the library develop this plan for residents of Toronto.
Please have your say by telling us:
- How has the library helped you start or build your own business?
- What small business information is most important to you?
- How else can the library help create and inspire a city of innovators, entrepreneurs, and creators of all ages?