Business & Careers eBooks

A collection of business & career eBooks

Business Plans Handbook

Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.

Complete Television, Radio & Cable Industry Directory

Includes directories for Television, Radio & Services.


Crain’s Chicago Business

Full text from 1986 to the present.

Encyclopedia of Associations

This is a good source for detailed information on international, national, state and local organizations

Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources

Live, print and electronic sources of information listed by subject and type of resource (directories, databases, newsletters, indexes, research centers, etc.). Many entries also provide e-mail addresses and URLs for online resources.

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses. View tutorial

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media

Over 57,000 listings for radio, television stations, cable companies and print media.

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You will be asked to Create a Profile using your Des Plaines library card. Use in Firefox or Chrome. View tutorial

Market Scope Advisor (CFRA - formerly S&P)

Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Mutual Fund Reports, Thematic Research, the Outlook newsletter, market news and commentary and more.

Mergent Intellect

Access to private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, industry profiles and much more.

Mergent Online - formerly Moody’s Financial Ratings

Suite of information resources that enables in-depth business and financial research. Access to Dun & Bradstreet's 20M Plus Private Company Search is included.

Mergent WebReports

An archive of corporate and industry related documents covering over 100 countries and industries. Includes annual reports dating back to the early 1900s.

Favorite Library Edition

Stock and mutual fund research database for the individual investor.

Profiles of Illinois

Information on Illinois cities and counties.


Public Records - In library

Contains public record data for new businesses, real estate transactions, home foreclosures and bankruptcies in Illinois.

Public Records - Outside the library

Contains public record data for new businesses, real estate transactions, home foreclosures and bankruptcies in Illinois.



A directory of information on U.S. and Canadian companies including job listings and new businesses. Also has residential listings and a physician/dentist directory. View tutorial.

Tradeshows Worldwide

Detailed information on thousands of international and U.S. trade shows and exhibitions, including sponsoring organizations, facilities, and services.

Value Line Dividend Select: Income & Growth

Monthly recommendations for companies with a high-quality dividend paying growth stock.


Value Line Research Center

The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, special situation stocks, options and convertible securities. Research reports from the various Value Line Survey publications may be viewed, printed and downloaded. View tutorial

Virtual Reference Library

Thousands of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area. View tutorial

Wall Street Journal

Full text from 1984 to the present.

Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Public and Private Companies

Current company and industry information.

Weiss/Financial Ratings Series

Find out how your bank or credit union is doing by checking its financial strength rating. You can also find ratings for mutual funds and stocks. Consumer guides for auto, health, homeowner's and long-term care insurance are also included.