Business & Investing

Business eBooks

A collection of business eBooks, including Business Plans.

Data Axle Reference Solutions - formerly ReferenceUSA

A directory of information on U.S. and Canadian companies including job listings and new businesses. Also has residential listings and a physician/dentist directory.

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses.

Gale eBooks - formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Thousands of specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area.

Investment Newsletters

The library receives several investor newsletters. Many of these may be accessed online, but only while in the library.


An award-winning site that helps first time investors, experienced investors, business owners, professionals, financial advisors, and executives looking to improve their knowledge and skills. Free website.

Favorite Library Edition

Stock and mutual fund research database for the individual investor.


Public Records from Record Information Services

Contains public record data for new businesses, real estate transactions, home foreclosures, bankruptcies and more in Illinois.


ReferenceUSA/Data Axle Reference Solutions

A directory of information on U.S. and Canadian companies including job listings and new businesses. Also has residential listings and a physician/dentist directory.

Udemy: presented by Gale - On-Demand Learning for In-Demand Skills

Thousands of online video courses covering business, technology (Office, Windows, coding, etc.,) Test Prep (GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IT Certifications & more) as well as personal development & foreign language instruction. Courses are available in several languages including Spanish & Polish. You will need a Google or Microsoft account to create an account & sign in to Udemy. Watch Video To learn how to use the "Udemy for Business" app for iOS or Android click here

Value Line Dividend Select: Income & Growth

Monthly recommendations for companies with a high-quality dividend paying growth stock.


Value Line Research Center

The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, special situation stocks, options and convertible securities. Research reports from the various Value Line Survey publications may be viewed, printed and downloaded.

Wall Street Journal

Full text from 1984 to the present.

Wall Street Journal - Paywall-free access to

From home, enter your DPPL card number and click ‘Login’ to begin your free access. Create a account, or log in to an existing account. Please note: Your access will be available for the next 3 days. After 3 days, simply come back and click the above link again and login as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created. Four year backfile. This service does not include WSJ mobile app access nor WSJ+ content.

Weiss/Financial Ratings Series

Find out how your bank or credit union is doing by checking its financial strength rating. You can also find ratings for mutual funds and stocks. Consumer guides for auto, health, homeowner's and long-term care insurance are also included.