30 million people use library computers and internet access for employment or career purposes in a year. Many libraries serve as centers to establish, sustain, and promote entrepreneurship and small businesses.

  • According to the University of Maryland’s Digital Inclusion Survey, most public libraries (in the 99%) report providing economic/workforce services. Of those, about 48% report providing entrepreneurship and small business development services.
  • Business owners and employees use resources at public libraries to support their small businesses 2.8 million times every month.
  • Entrepreneurs are increasingly using 3D printers in libraries to build prototypes of new products.

An everyday example: The Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Entrepreneur Assistance Program provides participants with 15 weeks of intensive classroom training, as well as one-on-one instruction, in how to write a business plan.

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