Business & Investing

Business eBooks

A collection of business eBooks, including Business Plans.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist

A guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process.


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.

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media

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

Gale eBooks - formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

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

Investment Newsletters

The library receives several investor newsletters. Many of these may be accessed online, but only while in the library.

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Use in Firefox or Chrome. PLEASE NOTE: You previously logged in using your library card number and a password you created specifically for Beginning today, Wednesday, December 16th, existing users and new users will have to log in using their library card number and the password connected to their library card account on our website. Click on Sign In and enter both. If you have any questions or are unsure what your library account password is, please call the Reference Desk: 847-376-2841 or email:

Favorite Library Edition

Stock and mutual fund research database for the individual investor.


Public Records from Record Information Services

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


ReferenceUSA/Data Axle Reference Solutions

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.

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.

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.

Working remotely - free courses from LinkedIn

A free learning path to help individuals and organizations manage and work remotely. Some of the courses included are: Working Remotely - 1 hour Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hour 25 min Being An Effective Team Member – 31 min Leading at a Distance – 36 min Balancing Work and Life – 28 min Well Being and Productivity - 41 min Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 min