Need help getting started? Entrepreneurs and small business owners turn to us for their business needs, and we’re happy to offer you resources in print, online, or in person.

Government Support for Small Businesses

Getting Started

Research the Market

  • Reference Solutions: research your competition or the consumer demographics in your area [Tutorial Available]
  • SBA State Profiles: gather data on small businesses in the state, including demographics, income, turnover, and gains and losses
  • Size Up Elgin: a database hosted by The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin website. SizeUp is useful for small business owners to research competing businesses in the local area. Click on SizeUp Elgin to leave the library webpage, and access SizeUp for Elgin through the Downtown Neighborhood Association website.
  • ValueLine: access investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies [Tutorial Available]

Write your Business Plan

How can we help?

We offer Business Library Cards!

Businesses located in the GBPL District are eligible for a library card. Each business may have up to three registered cardholders. Cardholders may use all electronic resources. Please contact the Registration Desk at 847-429-4597.


Your Office Away from Home

  • Wi-Fi available at all locations during building hour
  • Copy and printing services are $0.10 per black and white page and $0.25 per color page
  • Faxing is $1.00 per page


Other Local Resources available from:

Foundation Directory Online

(Main library access only): This unique database is filled with information and data for non-profits looking for grants. Visit a computer at the main library for access.

Grants to Individuals

(Main library access only): This unique database provides scholarships, fellowships and grants to individuals.


Contact a librarian for one-on-one assistance:

Call: 847-429-4680

Text: 847-754-4599

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