Business resources

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Create your success in business. Start at Gold Coast Libraries

Our 12 City Libraries are here to support you to get ahead. Whether you’re just starting out, want to scale-up or have an established business, we have an excellent range of resources to help you achieve business success for free.

By becoming a member at your nearest library, 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 your home? Bring your laptop, connect to our free Wi-Fi and co-work in locations across the city. Each library offers access to PCs, printing, photocopying and scanning services.

Free workshops, events and workspace! Keep an eye out for upcoming business events and workshops at your library to help you create your success in business.

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

Gold Coast 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. 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.

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.

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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Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre

The ANZ Reference Centre brings together the largest collection of Australian and New Zealand newspapers and magazines including the Australian Financial Review, Gold Coast Bulletin, Marketing Bulletin, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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Gold Coast City Community Profile

Demographic analysis for the Gold Coast based on results from the Censuses of Population and Housing from 1991 to 2016.

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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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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.

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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Learning online 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, can help get you started. Please note: creating a profile is optional.

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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

Services from across government to support your business.

Connecting you to information, grants, registrations and support to help your business succeed in Australia.

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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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Gale Business: Plan Builder

Gale Business: Plan Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimising 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 reading 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 one of our eBook or eAudiobook recommended business reads direct to your device via the OverDrive app and read on the go.

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Business and finance digital magazines

Access the latest issues of business and finance magazines including The Economist, Marketing and Money Australia.

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