Public libraries are known for their free resources for job-seekers, but these institutions also serve small business owners and entrepreneurs who are creating jobs for the community. Books and online resources ranging from creating a business plan to locating sales leads are available for free, with a library card.

Career Advancement Program

Fact: You’ll spend over 80,000 hours of your life working. You should make the most of them.

About our Career Advancement Program (CAP)
Career exploration will help you learn about yourself, increase your occupational knowledge, and provide you with realistic career goals. This two-part seminar is part computer class and part assessment, designed to help you develop a professional portfolio to use in searching for employment.
Class Covers
  • Career Exploration
  • Resume Writing
  • Job Searching
  • Portfolio Ideas
  • Interviewing
Online Resources Provided by Library
  • Vocational and Career Collection
    Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this collection provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals including Modern Machine Shop, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age and many more.
  • ReferenceUSA
    Real-time access to more than 20 Million Businesses, 222 Million Consumers, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. New Homeowners & Movers.
  • Career Center (LearningExpress)
    Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills?
  • Job & Career Accelerator
    Job & Career Accelerator is your personal job search management center. Powerful resume and cover letter builders with more than 120 ideal model resumes and sample letters
  • Resource Database
    Visit our database page to view our full list of free online resources.

 

Job and Career Resources
Events

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Past programs include job coaching, job search tips, resume writing workshops, and more.

Local Job Listings

 Local business owners in Arlington can get a corporate library card so their employees can access ReferenceUSAMorningstar, and other subscription-based databases from the office, at home, or anywhere else Internet access is available!

In addition to print and online resources, the public library offers cardholders free access to computers and Internet (or $1 for a guest pass), and low-cost photocopiers and printing. Mobile printing is now available: send items to the printer at the library location nearest you via email, the PrinterOn app, or mobile print portal. Simply send your document to the library and head straight to the Print Release Kiosk at the library. No need to log on to a computer!

The AFIC (Arlington Funding Information Center) provides print and electronic resources for entrepreneurs. Find books on writing business plans, starting your own business, marketing your business, and much more by searching our catalog.

Events

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The Arlington Public Library hosts regularly scheduled workshops for new and experienced business owners. 

Databases
  • Academic Search Complete
    Index, abstracts, and full text for many scholarly publications covering all academic areas of study.

  • Business Source Complete
    Full-text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics.

  • Enhanced Business Search
    Includes company and industry profiles, market research reports, and business videos.

  • Foundation Center Cooperating Collection (East Branch Library Only)
    The premier resource for locating in-depth information about grantmakers and their grants.

  • Legal Collection
    The discipline of law and legal topics such as criminal justice, international law, and federal law.

  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
    Get comprehensive financial information on stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and use portfolio tools and calculators to determine what your asset mix should be.

  • ReferenceUSA
    Real-time access to more than 20 Million Businesses, 222 Million Consumers, U.S. New Businesses, U.S. New Homeowners & Movers.

  • Regional Business News
    Full text for more than 50 regional business publications.

  • Small Business Reference Center
    Contains more than 450 full-text reference books and nearly 400 full-text periodicals that provide detailed “how-to” instructions to address small business topics.

Additional databases can be found in our online collection, here: arlingtonpubliclibrary.org/databases