Business Services

artist rendering of coworking space at the library

LAUNCH AT THE LIBRARY business services include a walk-in coworking space, seminars, meeting rooms, and resources to help start, manage, and grow your business.

A Business Specialist is available by appointment to help you:

  • Access industry risk and forecasts for growth
  • Analyze competitors
  • Define your target market
  • Discover demographics
  • Explore grants
  • Find the names, addresses, and phone numbers of potential customers
  • Formulate a grant proposal
  • Learn to run a business
  • Locate a company
  • Market your business
  • Match with an advisor
  • Research
  • Write your business plan

Seminars, speakers, and discussions

Join us for business seminars and presentations on the first Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. Third Thursday Business Roundtables are held the each month, beginning May 17 (also at 8 a.m.). Free and open to everyone!

Coworking space

Coming soon! Our  walk-in coworking space includes group tables, private alcoves, whiteboards, and a smart TV for presentations, and will be located on the second floor of the Main Library. Construction is expected to be completed in early May.

The 70" screen is equipped with Windows 10, Microsoft Office 2016, a digital whiteboard, Skype, and a video conferencing camera.

Research tools

Business Insights: Global
Acquire business intelligence, market share reports, SWOT analyses, financial reports, industry essays, company histories, and business articles.

Discover demographics, market analysis, and customer spending habits. Create mailing lists and map your results for a visual representation.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Access digital business books from your computer or device.
Take online courses to learn how to start, run, and grow a business.

Research companies, customers, competitors, and charitable donors. Obtain marketing lists containing names, addresses, and phone numbers according to interests and spending habits.

Small Business Builder
This step-by-step business tool can help you write a business plan or grant proposal and also manage, market, and optimize a business or nonprofit.

Small Business Resource Center
Access 700+ completed business plans to model yours after. Find information on starting and running a business.

Library cards

Interested in getting a Champaign library card for your business?  Read more »

Meeting rooms

The library offers study rooms and meeting facilities. Study rooms are free and designed for up to 6 people. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis with no prior reservation. Meeting rooms need to be reserved in advance. Ready to book? Review our Meeting Room Policy and request a room using our online reservation system.


Available in-house:   Computers  & Chromebooks  | Free Wi-Fi |  Smart TV | Mediascape collaboration tables | Creation stations with digital tablets & craft cutter/printerPrint/Copy/Scan/Fax

Available for checkout:   Chromebooks & Hotspots





Schedule a one-on-one session with our experts to learn how to use the library’s online tools and research your business needs.


Business Events

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Questions? Ask Us.