When was the last time you visited a library? Chances are it’s been a while and that’s ok, you might find it easier to buy eBooks online, but did you know that libraries have eBooks and eAudiobooks too? For free!
Today our libraries are so much more than just a quiet place to read or study, they have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community and helping you succeed.
The Gold Coast Innovation Hub are proud to partner with Gold Coast Libraries to help our members and the wider community leverage the fantastic resources that are available to new business owners and innovators across the Gold Coast, regardless of where your nearest physical library building is located – all you need is a library card.
Here are 5 ways Gold Coast City Libraries can help you launch or scale up your business or idea:
1. City Libraries can save you money, so you can focus on investing in your business
Library membership is free for Gold Coast residents, ratepayers and timeshare certificate holders? Free! All you need is your library card to access information and borrow through our Online Library or your local library. To join the library you just need to visit any library and provide two forms of identification, one of which must show your name, current residential address and photo. It’s that easy! Find out more about Gold Coast City Libraries.
2. Free Wi-Fi and computer access
Laptop on the blink or just getting started researching an idea? City Libraries provides free Wi-Fi and access to computers in locations across the city, from Coolangatta to Upper Coomera in air-conditioned comfort. They also have scanning and photocopying services (for a small fee).
3. Beyond the search engine: Free business resources for research, learning and development
City Libraries provides free access to a great range of online business resources full of authoritative and credible information you cannot source through Internet search engines. Whether you are after full-text business journals, looking to learn or improve your business skills or wanting to develop your business plan and marketing strategy, City Libraries can help. Business resources available include:
• Gale Small Business Builder
• Lynda.com from LINKEDIN
• ABI/Inform Complete
4. Free business books for interest and inspiration
In addition to resources for your research needs, they have a great range of business books to inspire your journey into the business world. They have many titles you can borrow in-library or online as eBooks or eAudiobooks – all for free!
5. Free ‘Business skills workshops’ and ‘Meet the entrepreneur’ events
City Libraries runs a free Start me up – Business skills program which aims to provide support for emerging businesses, entrepreneurs and startups to develop core business skills to help launch and grow your creative enterprise or idea. These events also provide the opportunity to network with like-minded Gold Coasters and business leaders and offer access to essential skills and expertise to help launch or scale up your business or idea. Find out more at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/startmeup.