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Programs & Exhibitions

Small Business 

The Library is a center for adult learning and achievement where entreprenuers can thrive. We provide information, programs, access to technology, referrals, and a broad range of useful materials.

Register Today! FREE Small Business Workshop Series

Workshops begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. The 5 week series include:
  • May 1  Access to Capital, Starting & Financing Your New Business, Understanding Credit Reports. 
  • May 8   What Lenders Look for in Your Loan Application, Legal Aspects of a Business.
  • May 15  The ABC’s of a Business Plan & Understanding a SWOT Analysis.
  • May 22  How to do Business with the Federal Government and the State of Connecticut.  
  • May 29  Marketing and Promoting your Business, Internet, Technology, Resources at your library. 

To earn a certificate of completion you are encouraged to attend all the workshops; copies of workshop materials are provided to each attendee. Registration required, contact: Hartford Public Library at 860.695.6334 email:  

This series is brought to you in partnership with U.S. Small Business Administration and the Hartford SCORE chapter.

Helpful Resources  

IRS resources for small business owners 

Hartford Public Library cardholders may also access the following online resources

Online Course  
Business Writing Skills Success: six classes in business writing basics from LearningExpressLibrary (You will be asked for your Hartford Public Library card number, if you are outside the libary.)

GALE Legal Forms
Search for Connecticut legal forms and federal forms, in categories including employment, landlord-tenant, real estate, and small business.

Search listings of more than 14 million U.S. businesses to conduct market research and competitor analysis.


Search the seven newspapers listed above at the same time.

After a successful search for articles in one or more newspapers, set up and alert to have articles on you subject automatically sent to you email address.

Also available:

Online Business Reference Books 

Business Plans Handbook
Search this 12-volume set of more than 250 sample plans.

Encyclopedia of Small Business
Search this book of 600 detailed articles and overviews of the key information needs of small business users.

Public Access Computers

Free public access computers with Microsoft Office products and Internet access are available at the Downtown Library and at all branches. A Hartford Public Library card is required to use computers in the Library. Non-residents may use either their own valid hometown library card or obtain one issued by the Hartford Public Library. Reservations for a 2 hour session may be made in person using Pharos, the Library's computer reservation system.