We are here for you
Whether you're an entrepreneur just starting out, an experienced business owner or a manager, Sno-Isle Libraries has services to help you save time and money. Think of us as your partner on the road to success. We are a library district committed to being a partner in the economic growth of Snohomish and Island counties.
Need help figuring out how to get that project done or find the latest industry information? Our Book-a-Librarian service is like having an information search consultant at your service. Free 30- to 60-minute sessions can be booked to explore any research topic for personal or professional use.
Examples of in-depth assistance on business research may include:
- industry research
- market research
- how to write a business plan
Technical coaching is also available through Book-a-Librarian, including topics such as:
- website creation
- spreadsheet basics
Your destinations for technology-aided creativity.
Enterprising people find tremendous opportunity and cost savings when they take advantage of the equipment and software available at our Lynnwood and Marysville libraries.The multimedia resources of these two Creative Tech Centers can be used for individual or group projects.
Wi-Fi is available at all Sno-Isle Libraries, including parking lot access at most locations.
Additional resources include outgoing faxes, scanners, color printers and copiers
Printers are available at Sno-Isle Libraries. Up to 70 black-and-white pages may be printed each week without charge. There is a charge for photocopies and for color prints.
Meeting rooms are available at many Sno-Isle Libraries for free use for non-commercial activities. For meeting use guidelines and scheduling, contact your local library.
Zinio Digital Magazines provides access to business magazines that will help you stay up-to-date business news. Current issues of Entrepreneur, The Economist, Forbes, and other business magazines are available.
Save hundreds of dollars in subscription fees for trade and market information.
You can use premium online research services for free if you are a Sno-Isle Libraries customer. Sign up for a library card* and gain access to popular business resources, including:*eResources require a Sno-Isle Libraries card for users not accessing from a Sno-Isle Libraries public computer.
- ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry
Trade & industry-focused information - journal articles, market reports, industry reports and news - covers every major industry from finance to construction. Watch the video
Premier job search, reference and marketing database including 2.4 million job listings, 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more! Get the iPhone App.
- Business Source Premier
Search regional, national and international business news—including marketing research & reports, emerging business trends, and detailed company profiles for the world's 10,000 largest companies from Datamonitor. Watch the video
- Computer Source
Full-text technical journals and consumer computer titles covering topics such as computers, telecommunications, electronics and the Internet.
- DemographicsNow--Business & People
U.S. demographic data for gaining consumer and market insight for opening a business, finding an audience for products/services, or analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population. Standard and custom reports for download.
- LearningExpress Library
Interactive practice exams and guides for academic (GED, GED in Spanish, ACT, SAT, GRE), U.S. citizenship, civil service, military, and professional licensing & certification tests—plus computer software tutorials (WordPerfect, Microsoft Office, Windows and Mac operating systems).
- Legal Information Reference Center
Full-text publications and legal forms to address a range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, real estate, rights and disputes.
Access to customizable online legal documents, including Washington State specific forms.
Video tutorials on software packages, web design, business/management skills, financial literacy, job/career skills, social networking, etc. Includes Microsoft Office, Windows, and Mac OS.
- Microsoft Imagine Academy
Training in fundamental technology skills, such as Windows 8, and more. The Microsoft Imagine Academy provides unlimited access for more than 400 courses.
- ProQuest Research Library
Mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers with broad, inclusive coverage of a wide range of popular academic subjects
- Small Business Reference Center
Videos provide interviews, 'lessons learned' features, lectures, and 'how to'. Advice includes how to create business plans that lead to successful funding. Also includes demographic data and other local information. Watch the video
"I spend a good deal of time on the Sno-Isle website because it offers excellent – and free – business research resources. It helps me provide our clients with reliable market intelligence."
-- Andrew Ballard, President, Marketing Solutions, Inc.