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Business Resources

The Aurora Public Library District provides access to many valuable resources to help you with your business information needs. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or an established business owner, the library can connect you to the resources that can guide you to entrepreneurial success.

Upcoming Programs and Events
Mon, Mar 04, 10:00am - 2:00pm
West Branch - West Branch Living Room
Have a question about your I-Pass? The Library is partnering with Illinois Tollway to provide a free walk-in service for help with payment options, account management and pay-by-plate management.

Tue, Mar 05, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Aprenda y haga preguntas sobre los diferentes tipos de impuestos y cuáles son sus responsabilidades y derechos como contribuyente.

Wed, Mar 06, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Lobby
Have a question about your I-Pass? The Library is partnering with Illinois Tollway to provide a free walk-in service for help with payment options, account management and pay-by-plate management.

Wed, Mar 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Eola Road Branch, 166 and Virtual via Zoom
Interested in financial aid for college? The My College Planning Team will provide detailed guidance on how to apply for financial aid and improve the likelihood of a successful appeal.

Thu, Mar 07, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - E101 - John C. Dunham Atrium
Have a question about your I-Pass? The Library is partnering with Illinois Tollway to provide a free walk-in service for help with payment options, account management and pay-by-plate management.

Fri, Mar 08, 7:30am - 10:00am
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Aurora Business United (1000+ members) is likely the largest networking group in the western suburbs. Business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, non-profits, arts, government & others are welcome.

Fri, Mar 08, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch Parking Lot and Small Meeting Room 108
Have you ever wondered if you are eligible for the DuPage Health Department's WIC program? The mobile unit will be here to share more about services and eligibility!

Sat, Mar 09, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Conozca los pasos y recursos disponibles para los compradores de vivienda que son beneficiarios de DACA o tienen un ITIN.

Tue, Mar 12, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - N305 - Quiet Reading Room
Need help creating or rewriting your resume? Join workNet Batavia for this walk-in workshop! ¿Quiere crear o reescribir su currículum? ¡Únase a workNet Batavia para este taller sin cita previa!

Sun, Mar 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
¡Adultos mayores unanse a nosotros para hablar sobre el seguro social! Seniors, join us to talk about social security!

Tue, Apr 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Have any last-minute questions about filing your taxes? Francisco Robinson from J & J Refunds Express will answer questions and explain different filing methods, including using ITIN numbers.

Tue, Apr 02, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Santori Library, N125/N126 Combo
¿Tiene alguna pregunta de último momento sobre cómo declarar tus impuestos? Déjate guiar por un profesional. Este programa está destinado a fines educativos.

Sat, Apr 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Santori Library - N224 - Dolan Family Teen Program Room
In this workshop, led by Ronald Lawless from the Association of Financial Educators, attendees will learn about how to plan for future educational expenses and the options available to them.

Wed, Apr 10, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N305 - Quiet Reading Room
Judy Dawson from the Kane County Sheriff's Office will discuss resources offered for re-entry. Copies of the guide, "Mapping Your Future: A Guide to Successful Reentry" will also be available.

Fri, Apr 12, 7:30am - 10:00am
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Aurora Business United (1000+ members) is likely the largest networking group in the western suburbs. Business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, non-profits, arts, government & others are welcome.

Fri, Apr 12, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch Parking Lot and Small Meeting Room 108
Have you ever wondered if you are eligible for the DuPage Health Department's WIC program? The mobile unit will be here to share more about services and eligibility!

Mon, Apr 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
The World System Builder team will help you learn how to make informed decisions about your health and wealth, including the financial importance, impact, and inevitability of medical expenses.

Tue, Apr 16, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - E101 - John C. Dunham Atrium,N125/N126 Combo
Connect with employers who demonstrate an inclusive culture and are seeking diverse talents. Schedule a practice interview, have a professional review your resume, get a professional photo, and more!

Tue, Apr 16, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Santori Library - S139 - Hurrell Storytime Room
Learn a little about money and paint a piggy bank to start your savings. Ages 4-7. **

Wed, Apr 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
West Branch - Meeting Room
El equipo de World System Builder te ayudará aprender cómo hacer decisiones informadas sobre tu salud y riqueza, la importancia financiera, el impacto, e inevitabilidad de los gastos medicos.

Fri, Apr 19, 10:00am - 11:00am
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Thinking about retirement? Ronald Lawless from the Association of Financial Educators will describe retirement options for small business owners at any stage of planning.

Tue, Apr 23, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Take control of your credit score with insight and action steps from Gabriela Bautista from FNBO (First National Bank of Omaha).

Tue, Apr 23, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Santori Library, N125/N126 Combo
Tome el control de su puntaje crediticio con información y pasos de acción de Gabriela Bautista de FNBO (First National Bank of Omaha).

Mon, Apr 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room),Zoom Room - Eola Adult Services Department
Thinking about retirement savings? Curious about the most common investments used by retirees? The Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA) will cover the basics to help you plan for retirement!

Tue, May 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Learn the steps and requirements to obtain home financing that lead to your closing day. Gabriela Bautista, from FNBO (First National Bank of Omaha) will answer your home buying questions and more.

Tue, May 07, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Santori Library, 125/126
Conose los pasos y requisitos para obtener el financiamiento de vivienda que lo llevará hasta el día del cierre Gabriela Bautista, de FNBO responderá tus preguntas sobre compra de hogar y más.

Wed, May 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room)
The My College Planning Team will outline the career planning process, explore how it can improve a student's confidence, and provide an overview of the financial side of college planning.

Fri, May 10, 7:30am - 10:00am
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Aurora Business United (1000+ members) is likely the largest networking group in the western suburbs. Business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, non-profits, arts, government & others are welcome.

Fri, May 10, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch Parking Lot and Small Meeting Room 108
Have you ever wondered if you are eligible for the DuPage Health Department's WIC program? The mobile unit will be here to share more about services and eligibility!

Mon, May 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room),Zoom Room - Eola Adult Services Department
Curious about how to start investing? Want to know when is the best time to get into the stock market? The Society for Financial Awareness will explore these topics and more.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
In this workshop, led by Ronald Lawless from the Association of Financial Educators, attendees will learn about how to recognize debt distress and ways to alleviate it.

Thu, May 23, 10:00am - 11:00am
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166 (Large Meeting Room),Zoom Room - Eola Adult Services Department
Ready to take your job search to the next level? WorkNet DuPage will teach us how to prepare for an effective job search and find no-cost resources in DuPage County.

One-on-One Appointments with a Business Librarian  

Schedule an appointment with our business librarian to get personalized one-on-one business research assistance including tutorials using our online business resources. Appointments can be virtual, over the phone, or in-person at the Santori Library. To set up an appointment, complete the form or call 630-264-4117. 

Business Reference Appointment

Fill out this form to reserve a free 30-60 minute session with our business librarian. Appointment schedule is dependent upon staff availability.  

in-person (Available only at the Santori Library), Virtually via Zoom or phone call

Register for Your Business/Organization Library Card 


If you own a business or run an organization in Aurora, we have a card for you! Register for an APLD library account to reserve meeting spaces, connect to our subscription-based online business resources, use our computer and technology services, and access digital content, including ebooks, magazines, and newspapers.  


Fill out a brief online application form to get started, and we will contact you to complete the registration process.    


 Apply Now!
 

Online Business Research Tools

AtoZ Databases

Ideal for small business owners and entrepreneurs to do market research to grow their businesses. Search a directory of 30 million U.S. business and executive listings to find business profiles. Find sales leads and marketing prospects and create mailing lists for business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales. Remote access available with your Aurora Public Library District library card and 4-digit PIN.

¡Disponible en Español! - “De la A a la Z” Base de datos

Gale Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of Illinois legal forms including real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant, and many more. Remote access available with your Aurora Public Library District library card and 4-digit PIN.

 Start Searching 

LinkedInLearning Library

Choose from thousands of courses taught by industry experts to learn technology, creative, and business skills. Covers a variety of subjects, including writing business plans, marketing, sales, web development, work productivity software, and more. Remote access available with your Aurora Public Library District library card and 4-digit PIN. 

¡Disponible en Español!

 Get Started 

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Offers real-time data and investment analysis on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), company profiles and analyst reports, investor newsletters, and portfolio and investment planning tools. Remote access available with your Aurora Public Library District library card and 4-digit PIN. 

Public Records

Access Chicagoland's public records. Find information about local new home sales, new business licenses, incorporations, real estate transactions, and foreclosures. Sort by name, city, zip code, and more. Search the Check Illinois database to perform background checks. Remote access available with your Aurora Public Library District library card and 4-digit PIN.

Value Line

A complete online investment research system that comprises all the financial information and analytical tools needed to structure a well-researched and diversified portfolio. In-library use only. 

Online Job Seeker Tools

AtoZ Databases

The Job Search Feature of AtoZ Databases offers job searching in coordination with Indeed.com. Email positions directly to yourself. The feature also provides access to career resources such as resume templates, skills assessments, interviewing skills trainings and more. Remote access available with your Aurora Public Library District library card and 4-digit PIN.

¡Disponible en Español! - “De la A a la Z” Base de datos

Brainfuse JobNow

Provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to getting a job. Get resume assistance, live interview preparation, live coaching, and more. Remote access available with your Aurora Public Library District library card and 4-digit PIN.

¡Disponible en Español!

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library has courses, tutorials, and information about different career pathways. This is also a great place to study for job placement exams including nursing, real estate, and cosmotology, college entrance exams, and high school equivalency tests! Remote access available with your Aurora Public Library District library card and 4-digit PIN.

LinkedInLearning Library

The Library's LinkedIn Learning Library (LLL) membership offers customers unlimited access to a library of over 100,000 high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials as part of over 2,000 courses taught by recognized industry experts. Remote access available with your Aurora Public Library District library card and 4-digit PIN. 

¡Disponible en Español!

Access Now 

Meeting Spaces  

Book a Study Room 

Need a place to collaborate or concentrate? Small group study rooms are available for use at all library locations. APLD cardholders can make a reservation up to 48 hours in advance online or by calling 630-264-4117. Non-library cardholders are welcome to use an unreserved study room on a first-come, first-served basis. Each individual or small group has a maximum of one 2-hour appointment per day.   

 Reserve a study room 

Reserve a Meeting Room 

Businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations can submit applications to reserve a meeting room for use at all library locations. Room size, capacity, and audio-visual equipment and resources for rooms varies by room and library location. Reservations may be made up to 60 days in advance.  
Review the meeting room policy for eligibility and room use guidelines here

 Reserve a meeting room 

Reserve a Virtual Meeting Room 

The Aurora Public Library maintains virtual meeting room space through Zoom for public use when not needed for library meetings or events. Review the meeting room policy for eligibility and room use guidelines here.  

  Reserve a virtual meeting room 

Computers, Wi-Fi, and Technology

Wi-Fi Access 

Connect your device to a secure network.  

Network name: Aurora Public Library  
Password: yourlibrary 

Access 24/7 Wi-Fi from our parking lots!

Network: APLDExterior
Password: yourlibrary


Public Computers 

Need to use a computer? Computer sessions are unlimited in length at all locations. Non-resident cardholders can obtain guest passes at the Digital Services Desk. Visit our Public Computer & Services page for more information. 


Printers & Copiers 

We offer black & white and color printing from our public computers and through our wireless printing service.  

  • Black-and-white printouts: $0.10 per page
  • Color printing: $0.50 per page

Wireless Printing

Send print jobs from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet in the library or remotely using your Wi-Fi connected home computer or mobile device to one of our library printers. Print jobs will remain in the queues for a maximum of 2 hours. All unclaimed print jobs will be deleted after that time. Learn more about wireless printing here.


Scanning and Faxing 

Scan documents and photos to email, USB, a smartphone, or cloud storage (Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox.) Scanning and faxing services are available at no cost.  


Available for Checkout: Chromebooks & Hotspots 

You can check out a chromebook to use in the library for two hour increments or outside the library for one week. Hotspots are also available at the library for 24/7 internet access from anywhere! Hotspots may be checked out with a valid Aurora Public Library card for 1 week and are not eligible for renewal.

Learn more about lending guidelines here.
 

Design, Print, Create in our Makerspace 

Create a prototype, design eye-catching promotional materials, print posters, banners, and vinyl decal stickers, or just express your creativity! Learn all the different ways we can help your small business in the Aurora Public Library District Makerspace!  
 
Learn more about our Makerspace services and equipment hereThe Makerspace at the Santori Library is available for use by appointment.