Library to Business (L2B) Information Services
Connecting individuals starting or growing a business or nonprofit; job seekers and investors, with the information essential to their ultimate success.
Timely and accurate information is essential to the success of every individual and organization.
The L2B (Library to Business) information service of the Laramie County Library System serves a unique role as an information connection – linking you as a client with business resources available through the library and from local and regional economic development organizations.
The L2B service specializes in providing personalized one-on-one assistance utilizing a combination of print resources, specialized websites, licensed business databases and referrals to other local economic development agencies in an effort to locate the information essential to your personal success.
- If you have specific questions and want to speak to a librarian in person about a question, please contact Elaine Hayes or Elizabeth Thorson for assistance.
- Complete the Book a Business Librarian form below and staff will contact you to schedule a personalized meeting.
- Sign up for advance notification about our workshops and events through our mailing list HERE.
- Register for L2B-sponsored workshops and events at library2business.eventbrite.com.
- Swap your current LCLS library card for a new L2B library card. Meet with L2B staff or attend an L2B event to get the details.
- If you’re working on your business in the library’s Computer Center, you can use your new L2B library card to get extended time on the computers and/or use the Computer Classroom adjacent to the Computer Center (some limits apply).
Connect with L2B
Thinking About Starting a Business?
The library’s L2B service can help you gather information to decide if your business idea is viable and if starting a business is a realistic career choice for you. We offer a collection of start-up guides for a variety of businesses, an online collection of sample business plans and a network of local business experts who can help you with planning, market research and other topics.
Already in Business?
If your business is up and running, we can connect you with a wide range of “no cost” business resources and experts. Take advantage of the library’s collection of current business books and eBooks, specialized databases of full-text articles from leading business magazines and journals, free workshops on a variety of business topics, quarterly small business events and referrals to local business organizations.
Working in the Nonprofit World or seeking grants?
Community organizations and nonprofits need information to function at their best. Check out books to help start an organization, improve fundraising and board governance or manage the unique challenges of nonprofits. Articles from leading nonprofit magazines and journals are available via our databases, and we can connect you with resources specific to nonprofits.
Laramie County Library System is a Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center foundationcenter.org that provides free funding information that includes a core collection of Foundation Center publications and in-library access to three critical databases useful to grant seekers. Training on Funding Information Network resources by our local supervisor of the collection will occur at least twice a year and one-on-one training is available anytime. Anyone on the Ask Here Desk on the third floor can assist you.
A key initiative of the Foundation Center is to reach under-resourced and underserved populations throughout the United States and in other locations around the globe, who are in need of useful information and training to become successful grant seekers.
In addition to the library’s collection of materials that may be checked out, check out our printable flyer for the 2013 core collection for Funding Information Network here.
Looking for a Job?
Job seekers of all types – first job, midcareer change, seeking new opportunities, returning to the workforce – will find connections to national, state and local employment listings. The library offers up-to-date books on searching, applying and interviewing for jobs, and tips on researching a company before your interview. Register for our Job Search Basics and basic computer classes to brush up your skills.
Investing for the Future?
Learn and improve the skills and strategies you need to make smart investment decisions. L2B services for investors include books for beginner to advanced investors and investment research tools such as Value Line Investment Survey (in print) and Morningstar Investment Research Center (online), which is available for use in the library or remotely at your home or office.