Business & Investing

Business eBooks

A collection of business eBooks, including Business Plans.


Crain’s Chicago Business

Full text from 1986 to the present.

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. - Now LinkedIn Learning

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. PLEASE NOTE: was upgraded to LinkedIn Learning on April 29. You will now log onto LinkedIn Learning using your library card number and PIN/password. All of your data should have transfered to LinkedIn Learning, including your course history and certificates of completion. Along with the existing content from, you will have access to thousands of additional courses, available in several languages. No LinkedIn account is necessary to access LinkedIn Learning. Please call the Reference Desk: 847-376-2841 or email: with questions.

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.

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.

Working remotely - free courses from LinkedIn

A free learning path to help individuals and organizations manage and work remotely. Some of the courses included are: Working Remotely - 1 hour Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hour 25 min Being An Effective Team Member – 31 min Leading at a Distance – 36 min Balancing Work and Life – 28 min Well Being and Productivity - 41 min Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 min