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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
Thu, Jul 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Technology Lab 218
En este taller, te enseñaremos a adaptarte aeste cambio y a crear un currículum efectivo que destaque tus habilidades yexperiencia de manera profesional.

Mon, Jul 22, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Santori Library - Storytime Room 139
The DuPage Children’s Museum will provide an accessible, inclusive environment that will include environment modifications. Ages 0-11 with a caregiver.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - Board Room 332
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!

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Technology Lab 218
Este taller te proporcionará las herramientas necesarias para enfrentar entrevistas de manera efectiva, ya sea en entornos virtuales o presenciales.

Thu, Aug 08, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Technology Lab 218
Descubre cómo la tecnología puede facilitar tu búsqueda de empleo e identifica recursos comunitarios que te ayudarán en cada paso de tu búsqueda.

Fri, Aug 09, 7:30am - 10:00am
Santori Library - Meeting Room 125/126 Combined
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, Aug 09, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch Meeting Room 108 and Parking Lot
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!

Sun, Aug 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - Meeting Room 125/126 Combined
¿Te han dicho que tu voz debería estar en la radio? ¿Te fascina el mundo de la radio o te interesa una carrera dinámica? ¡CASS Inc. explorará estos temas y más en este taller de 2 horas!

Mon, Aug 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166,Zoom Room - Eola Adult Services Department
Curious about eviction law? Want to learn how to advocate for yourself with a landlord, and where to go to get help with housing questions? Eviction Help DuPage will explore these topics and more.

Tue, Aug 13, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - Quiet Reading Room 305
Walk-in and meet with a Career Coach from workNet Batavia. No appointment necessary. Reúnete con un asesor profesional de workNet Batavia. ¡No se requieren citas!

Thu, Aug 15, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Santori Library - Teen Program Room 224,ASD Santori Zoom Room
Do you think of ideas to make money? Interested in learning how to start and run your own business? Join employment councilor and consultant Tanya Vargas (TV) Stone to learn more. Grades 6 - 12.

Thu, Aug 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166,Zoom Room - Eola Adult Services Department
Want to reduce your energy bills? The Citizens Utility Board will explore how to help bring your energy usage and costs down. Topics will include insulation, appliances, renewable energy, & more.

Thu, Aug 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Technology Lab 218
En este taller, te enseñaremos a adaptarte aeste cambio y a crear un currículum efectivo que destaque tus habilidades yexperiencia de manera profesional.

Sat, Aug 17, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - John C. Dunham Atrium
Need a new look? Come to the library for a free professional haircut and photo! Age 6+ ¿Quieres un cambio de look? ¡Ven a la biblioteca para un corte de pelo profesional gratuito y una foto! Edad 6+

Thu, Aug 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Technology Lab 218
Este taller te proporcionará las herramientas necesarias para enfrentar entrevistas de manera efectiva, ya sea en entornos virtuales o presenciales.

Canceled
Tue, Aug 27, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library
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!

Wed, Sep 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Meeting Room 125/126 Combined,ASD Santori Zoom Room
Join employment councilor and consultant Tanya Vargas (TV) Stone in this introductory presentation on how the different parts of running a business.

Tue, Sep 10, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - Quiet Reading Room 305
Walk-in and meet with a Career Coach from workNet Batavia. No appointment necessary. Reúnete con un asesor profesional de workNet Batavia. ¡No se requieren citas!

Thu, Sep 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Technology Lab 218
Descubre cómo la tecnología puede facilitar tu búsqueda de empleo e identifica recursos comunitarios que te ayudarán en cada paso de tu búsqueda.

Fri, Sep 13, 7:30am - 10:00am
TBA - Details to Come
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.

Rescheduled
Fri, Sep 13, 9:00am - 4:30pm
New date Friday, September 20, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch
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!

Wed, Sep 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Teen Program Room 224,ASD Santori Zoom Room
Curious about the gig economy? Gig jobs are short-term jobs, including freelance, project-based work, & more. Find out if they are right for you with employment councilor and consultant Tanya Vargas!

Wed, Sep 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166
In this My College Planning Team workshop, families will learn about the SAT and ACT, the best time to start studying, keys to achieving one’s highest score, and much more.

Thu, Sep 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Technology Lab 218
En este taller, te enseñaremos a adaptarte aeste cambio y a crear un currículum efectivo que destaque tus habilidades yexperiencia de manera profesional.

Fri, Sep 20, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch Meeting Room 108 and Parking Lot
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, Sep 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 166,Zoom Room - Eola Adult Services Department
Interested in protecting your legacy? Come learn about wills, trusts, powers of attorney probate, guardianship, and how to ensure your final wishes can be protected with Attorney Jacob K. Ehrensaft.

Sat, Sep 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - Teen Program Room 224,ASD Santori Zoom Room
Are you interested in starting a business? Join employment councilor and consultant Tanya Vargas (TV) Stone for this introductory presentation on small business ownership.

Mon, Sep 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Eola Road Branch - Meeting Room 108,Zoom Room - Eola Adult Services Department
When should I start receiving social security? How do I set it up? What benefits are available for my family? A representative of the Social Security Administration will explain the basics.

Tue, Sep 24, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Santori Library - Board Room 332
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!

Thu, Sep 26, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - Technology Lab 218
Este taller te proporcionará las herramientas necesarias para enfrentar entrevistas de manera efectiva, ya sea en entornos virtuales o presenciales.

Fri, Oct 11, 7:30am - 10:00am
Santori Library - 125/126
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, Oct 11, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Eola Road Branch - 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!

One-on-One Appointments with a Business Librarian  

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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 

Grant Watch

Find grants for small businesses, for-profit organizations, corporations and LLc, grants for small business startup and growth including government, state, local federal, and foundation grant funding.

 Get Started 

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 

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Computers, Wi-Fi, and Technology

decorationWi-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


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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. 


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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.


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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.  


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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 

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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.