The Tompkins County Public Library offers many resources to help you make informed business decisions. We can assist you by providing information for home or small business start-up, finance and investing, and offering general business research. Business is a vast topic; therefore, this guide lists key general resources available through the Library.
You can use the PowerPAC online catalog at tcpl.org to find materials at our library, as well as request them from other libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System. To narrow your search, try using the following search terms:
Reference Librarians will be happy to assist you with your search.
The Library's business-related collection is shelved in the non-fiction area, under the call numbers 330 - 339 and 658. Below is a booklistof titles owned at the library:
Titles not found in the Tompkins County Public Library catalog or in the Finger Lakes Library System may be available through the out-of-system interlibrary loan service. Stop by the reference desk or contact us if you need help obtaining a book.
Learn how to browse, check out, and download free eBooks and eAudiobooks from TCPL's website by going to tcpl.libguides.com/etcpl.
You can browse our collection of business eBooks and eAudiobooks by visiting flls.lib.overdrive.com/BANGSearch.dll?Type=Subject&ID=08&Format=25,425,50,410,420
Magazines and Newspapers
TCPL has subscriptions to a variety of print magazines and periodic literature. Paper copies of the following magazines and newspapers are located in the North Reading Room:
- Bloomberg Businessweek
- Home Business
- The Ithaca Journal (1934 to present) - great for local business trends and news
- Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
- New York Times (1851 to present)
- Wall Street Journal (1981 to present)
In addition to these magazine titles, many of our newspaper and magazine subscriptions are available through the following online business databases.
NAICS - North American Industry Classification System
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS, pronounced Nakes) was developed under the direction and guidance of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as the standard for use by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the collection, tabulation, presentation, and analysis of statistical data describing the U.S. economy.
NAICS in the United States was designed for statistical purposes. However, NAICS is frequently used for various administrative, regulatory, contracting, taxation, and other non-statistical purposes. For example, some state governments offer tax incentives to businesses classified in specified NAICS industries. Some contracting authorities require businesses to register their NAICS codes, which are used to determine eligibility to bid on certain contracts. The requirements for these non-statistical purposes played no role in the initial development of NAICS or its later revisions.
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