I am a lifelong library user and I have to admit, I was surprised by some of the offerings. Our library system in Toronto offers an Entrepreneur in Residence, a live resource for those who are thinking of starting a business. You can arrange a one- on-one meeting to discuss your business plan and get good, honest feedback. You have to be organized and have a clear outline and meetings are not guaranteed. However, if you are serious about your business, and are willing to do the preparatory work, it could pay off.
There are self-evaluation and job search tools for the many of those that are looking for work or thinking of changing careers. You can find career profiles and links to relevant Canadian college and university programs. There is also a Canadian Job Search section.
Directories abound at the library. Everything from a directory of non-profits to grant-making foundations and Scott’s Directory, which provides detailed information on Canadian manufacturers, wholesalers and business services.
If you want to search for more unusual information, you can find British Columbia city directories dating from 1860 up to and including 1952. You can also find information through the Canadian Toy Trade directory.
Many of these directories can be accessed online, free of charge. You can spend time browsing through the some ninety nine pages of resources or search by topic or title. The wealth of information out there can help you in business or can distract you from work for weeks.
And when you have finished finding what you need then yes, you can rent a movie and relax with some popcorn. If you haven’t got a library card, what are you waiting for?