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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

Wed, Jan 18, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Santori Library - N125/N126 Combo
Thinking of starting a childcare business? Join us for this bilingual Spanish-English program where Minerva Calatayud from the WBDC will discuss how to start a business.

Wed, Jan 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Santori Library - N125 - Community Foundation of Fox Valley Meeting Room
Orientation event to discuss the services workNet offers to job seekers.

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! 

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

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

 Start Searching 

Foundation Directory Online

A comprehensive research tool for nonprofit organizations looking for funding. This searchable database offers in-depth information about grantmakers and grants. In-library use only.

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! - LinkedIn Learning Library 

 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 to Chicagoland's public records. Find information about local new home sales, new business licenses, incorporations, real estate transactions, foreclosures, and more. 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.

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 

Public Computers 

Need to use a computer? Aurora Public Library cardholders are currently entitled to one hour on the computer each day. 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.  

  • Send your print job via our website here 
  • Email your print jobs to a specific printer - find printer emails here
  • Download the PRINTERON app via the App Store or Google Play.  

Scanning and Faxing 

Scan documents and photos to email, USB, a smartphone, or cloud storage (Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox.) This service is available at no cost.  
Faxing - $1.50 per page.  

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.Learn how to check out a Chromebook and read our lending guidelines here.


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. Find more information about our hotspot 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 here.  The Makerspace at the Santori Library is available for use by appointment. Make an appointment for the Makerspace online here.