Monday, September 09, 2019 Allison Denny

Public libraries are known for their free resources for job-seekers, but we 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 your library card. The Arlington Public Library supports local entrepreneurs and businesses as they learn and grow with free events, meeting spaces, digital tools and more.

Business Resources and Library Tour

Tour the Arlington Public Library’s destination Downtown Library and learn about the business and maker resources available to public library cardholders. No registration required. Click here to see more details on each session.

  • Wednesday, September 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, October 7, 1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 2, 1-2 p.m.


Join our Better Business Bookclub to discuss leadership and business books with other professionals. All meetings take place at the Downtown Library.

  • What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith. Thursday, October 3, 1-2 p.m.
  • Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. Thursday, November 7, 1-2 p.m.
  • Grit, by Angela Duckworth. Thursday, December 5, 1-2 p.m.

Digital Resources

The Small Business Reference Center provides detailed “how-to” instructions to address small business topics, such as buying and selling a business, managing employees, understanding legal information and much more.

Business Abstracts offers a multitude of business magazines and scholarly articles. This comprehensive database is an ideal resource for those looking to conduct research or find information in any area of business.

Use your library card to access these and over 100 other databases at


From sewing and other traditional crafts to cutting-edge 3D printing, the Downtown Library’s makerspace offers something for both experienced and aspiring makers. Click here to learn more.

Meeting Rooms

Hold a meeting, host an event, or find a free spot to cowork at the Downtown Library. From small study rooms to spaces for formal events, we have a facility to meet your needs. Rooms are available at varying price points and some spaces are free. Community rooms are also available at most library branches. Click here for more information about reserving a space.