Libraries

Business resources

Start and grow your business at the library

City Libraries have a range of resources to help you succeed in business - for free! Become a member at your nearest library and you can access a variety of online and print resources to help you research, plan and grow your business.

Looking for somewhere to work outside of your home? Bring your laptop, connect to our free Wi-Fi and cowork in locations across the city. Each library offers access to PCs, printing, photocopying and scanning services.

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Research and reports

Research assistance

  • Ask a Librarian - If you need help with research to start, run or grow your business Gold Coast Libraries can help. Simply fill out the form and a librarian will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • State Library of Queensland 'Ask Us' - State Library of Queensland can also help answer your questions and offer research guidance.

Informit

Access information on a wide range of business topics including accounting, commercial law, corporate governance, e-business, economics, human resources and marketing.

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ABI/Inform Business Database

Over 2800 full-text journals covering business, economic, corporate strategies, and management. Its international coverage provides a picture of business trends around the world.

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The Queensland Law Handbook

A comprehensive legal resource, with plain-english language designed to help you deal with your legal problems. The Queensland Law Handbook is produced by the Caxton Legal Centre Inc, with the assistance of volunteers with legal experience in Queensland.

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National Construction Code

The National Construction Code contains technical requirements for the design, construction and performance of buildings and other structures in Australia.

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Customer note: Individuals can register for access to the free digital NCC (2016 onwards) by selecting the login/register icon at the top of this webpage.


Oxford Australian Law Dictionary

Provides definitions for Australian legal terms and links these terms to related concepts and areas of law. Subject areas cover a comprehensive range of core legal content, and entries are written and edited by legal experts.

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Learning online

Lynda.com from LinkedIn

Discover a range of online tutorials to support your business venture. With tutorials covering entrepreneurship, business plans, finance and graphic or web design, Lynda.com can help get you started. Please note: creating a Lynda.com profile is optional.

Login via the website (the Lynda.com app is not linked to this subscription)


The Computer School

Learn new skills with this interactive program. Tutorials cover computer basics, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Dreamweaver, Internet Explorer, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and more.

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Planning tools and support

Small Business Builder

Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or non-profit. Create your own account so you can setup your personal business profile complete with business, budget and marketing plans. View the video tutorial for more information.

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Business Queensland

Get access to information and services for starting and running your business through Business Queensland. Find tools and resources to help you get into business in Queensland.

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Gold Coast Business

Discover the services and programs available through the city that can support your business, investment or entrepreneurial journey.

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Workshops and events

City Libraries have a great range of business resources that can help inform your small business, startup or idea.

Business workshops and events

City Libraries Start me up - Business skills series provides support for emerging businesses, entrepreneurs and startups with practical monthly business skills workshops delivered by current industry experts, and bi-monthly 'Meet the entrepreneur' events, where you can get advice and inspiration from leading entrepreneur role models. Check out our upcoming free events and book online now.


Creative Tech Labs

Our Creative Tech Labs, at both Helensvale Library and Southport Library, provide free-digital creation spaces for public use. Both Labs host regular workshops and classes, view and book online now or drop in during our Open Lab sessions to work on your own project.

Business books for learning and inspiration

Business ebooks and eaudiobooks for the entrepreneur

Browse through a range of new and classic titles to boost your business skills. Download direct to your device via the OverDrive app and read on the go.

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