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Four ways libraries can support your small business

Have you ever thought about how your local library can help you as a small business owner? Well for a start, there are more than 200,000 books and online resources available across the Mornington Peninsula Library’s five locations. Plus, you can get access to a range of courses, databases, and newspapers for free…and all you need is a library card.

We spoke to Gail Higgins and Anita Ivill from the Mornington Peninsula Library Team to get some valuable tips on where to start your search.

1. Get FREE access to LinkedIn Learning

Whether you want to learn about sales and marketing, budgeting and strategy, or anything in between, LinkedIn Learning is your ticket to success. As a Mornington Peninsula Shire Library member, you don’t have to worry about paying a monthly subscription, instead, you have full access to more than 5,000 short courses delivered by industry experts FOR FREE. Giving you the flexibility to upskill from your home or office at your own pace in your own time! Or consider training options for your staff in specialist areas like Excel, WordPress or Digital Marketing.

Visit Linkedin Learning and search the topic categories, or start with the following recommendations:

  • Finance Essentials for Small Business
  • Building a Small Business Website with WordPress
  • Small Business Marketing
  • Small Business Tips

2. Search the extensive collection of business-related books and audiobooks

Everyone knows that libraries are full of books, but did you know that many new release business books are also available in e-book or audio-book format?

With a Mornington Peninsula Shire Library membership and the Borrow Box  or Hoopla apps, you have hundreds of free resources at your fingertips with the flexibility of learning on the go.

Alternatively, if you still prefer your books in the physical form, the Libraries Victoria app allows you to search for books and place them on hold while you’re on the go, ensuring you don’t miss out on that important read.

And did you know that if the Mornington Peninsula Shire Library does not hold the book you want, you can make a request for it to be stocked?

If you don’t know where to start, try the Small Business Reading Showcase to get inspiration from over 100 business related books.

3. Browse newspapers for free

Don’t you hate it when you click on a news article only to find that you can’t read it because of the paywall? With your Mornington Peninsula Shire Library membership, this won’t be a problem.

With Newsbank Access Australia you can search and read articles from over 700 Australian news sources for free. With full editions of newspapers like Herald Sun, The Age, The Australian, Australian Financial Review and The Weekly Times.

Likewise, the Borrowbox and Hoopla apps gives you access to over 50 magazines that will keep you up to date on the latest trends and all things business. Topics include finance, politics, science, home, and travel, with more titles added monthly.

4. Ask a librarian

The Mornington Peninsula Shire’s library team employs over 50 staff – all with a range of specialised training and skills. So, make sure you tap into this wealth of free knowledge. Not only can the team find answers to the trickiest questions, but they can also help you navigate apps and online platforms, direct you to the best sources of information, save you time on research and give you advice on local history and the community!

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There has never been a better time to rediscover your local library

  • visit the Small Business Help page on the Mornington Peninsula Libraries website
  • join up and become a member, and
  • drop-in to the Mornington, Rosebud, Hastings, or Somerville branch or collect your reserves from the Sorrento Library Hub.
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