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Pathfinder - Small Business

October 23, 2014 by sdc
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Small Business Pathfinder
posted October 2009
created by Bob B.

How can we help you begin your research?

We'll be glad to look up information for you about Small Businesses -- or help you find what you need. Some examples:
  • An address or telephone number
  • The website for a company, name of the CEO,....
  • A list of all the businesses with more than 10 employees in Beatrice, or Hastings, or...
  • A list of motels and restaurants in Grand Island, or Nebraska City, or...
  • The cost of living in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Average pay rates for selected occupations in North Platte, or York, or...
  • Address and phone for the Chamber of Commerce in St. Joseph, MO, or...
  • The latest Consumer Price Index
  • Who has a certain telephone number or address
  • Income tax forms
We can copy and fax a limited number of pages to you, at $0.25 a page, or mail information to you.

We have high-speed Internet access at all libraries, at no charge for use and limited charges for printing. (Call for more information)

We also have wireless access at all Lincoln City Libraries

We have access to annual reports for major Nebraska businesses.

We have a large collection of material from the City of Lincoln -- annual reports, Comprehensive Plans, etc.

Give us a call or stop by!

Reference Services -- Bennett Martin Public Library -- Lincoln City Libraries -- Lincoln, Nebraska -- (402) 441-8530 -- e-mail:



Resources in Our Collection

Small business owners looking for suggestions on how to start or improve their business will find a wealth of material at the Lincoln City Libraries. Electronic databases full of relevant, up-to-date magazine and newspaper articles, print materials from well-known authors and research centers, and links to valuable, selected Internet websites provide both general and specific information on hundreds of topics, from taxes to licenses to marketing to training.

Electronic resources can be accessed 24/7 by anyone with a Lincoln City Libraries card. You can inquire about specific facts, figures, or addresses by phone or email or instant messaging. We can fax or mail you copies of forms, magazine articles, or other material. Most of the titles listed here can be checked out.



Laws and Taxes -- for example, Directories -- for example,
Magazines and Newsletters -- for example, How-To Books -- General -- for example,
How-To Books -- Specific Businesses -- for example,
In the News - On-Line Resources

The following subscription databases and/or themed webliographies on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources about Small Businesses on-line. The databases are resources the library has purchased for your use -- they are not available through a simple Internet search. Use your library card number for access to these paid databases. The webliographies below list dozens of librarian-selected free Internet sites for a wide variety of subjects -- for example, the Small Business Administration and the Census Bureau [If you have difficulty accessing or using the databases, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Database: Magazine Article Search [Index of magazine/journal articles - most full-text]  
Database: eLibrary [Index of magazine/newspaper/radio articles - many full-text]
Database: New York Times [Database of articles from the NYT, 1999 to present]
Database: Reference USA [a nationwide business and residential phone directory]

* Please Note: The presence of a link on this site does not constitute an endorsement by Lincoln City Libraries.

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This Research Pathfinder created in September 2009 bb -- Last updated in October 2014 sdc

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Reference Services

October 23, 2014 by sdc
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Recipient of the 2005 Better Business Bureau Resource Award !!
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BMPL Reference Desk Ask a Librarian:
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Bennett Martin Public Library houses the central Reference Collection for the library system. A selection of essential reference materials are also available at each library branch to assist you with your informational needs.

Print out our latest Reference Services brochure! [Currently being revised] (The Reference Services brochure is provided here as a PDF file, which requires the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader. Help for viewing PDF files is available.)

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Local Reference Resources -- Files Compiled (mostly) by LCL Reference Staff

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Are you interested in the materials and resources available at the library about people, issues and events in the news? Click on the subject below for more information.

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If you're looking for the readers' services that used to reside here on the Reference Department page of the Lincoln City Libraries site...they've moved! We invite you to come visit BookGuide site, where our Readers Advisory staff members, both downtown and at the branches, are available to assist you in selecting material for your pleasure reading, using both printed and on-line resources. Browse our expanded selection of themed Booklists, Award-winners and Author Read-alikes. Check out the current New York Times Bestsellers Lists for hardback fiction and non-fiction. See what folks are reading in the current national Media Book Clubs like the Oprah Book Club and Today Show Book Club. Join one of our Book Talk or Book Discussion Groups in person, or join one of our Online Book Clubs and start receiving portions of books in your daily e-mail. Check out what the library staff are reading with our Staff Recommendations. Subscribe to our Books, Movies & More! newsletters -- receive reading and viewing recommendations in your e-mail. Submit your own Customer Reviews or Readerlists to share with other readers. Check out our Lincoln Journal Star's book review index.

Reference Department at Bennett Martin Public Library received the 2005 BBB Resource Award

Click Here to read about this special May 2005 event!

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Tagged in: Lincoln City Libraries, library, Lincoln, Nebraska, NE, libraries, public, public library, public libraries, departments, reference, Ask a Librarian, Reference Department, Resource of the Month, In The News,
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Library and General Reference Resources

March 31, 2014 by pjorgensen

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Ask a Librarian

January 23, 2014 by pjorgensen
Reference requests can be submitted through this form. We will attempt to respond within 24 hours. In some cases, there may be a fee for this service.

For quick questions by Instant Messaging or text, try our AskLCL Instant Messaging service!

Your name:
Your e-mail address:
Your library card number:
Your library card number is not required, but if it is not provided we will assume you do not have a library card and will assess fees accordingly
The subject of your question:
Your question:
If you are requesting an obituary, we need you to provide the date of death (at least month and year)

You may also submit your questions via e-mail to, contact us by phone by calling (402) 441-8530, or contact us by mail at:
Lincoln City Libraries
Reference Department
136 So. 14th
Lincoln, NE (USA) 68508-1899
Please include your name and a valid e-mail or postal address. If you have a Lincoln City Libraries card, please include your card number as well. Local customers may include a telephone number for a response by phone. Sorry, but we cannot make long-distance telephone calls.


The following fees, approved by the Library Board, are effective as of July 1, 2008.

Questions about library holdings and services are answered at no charge. Reference requests will be charged as follows:

Customers with Lincoln City Libraries cards:

  • No charge for research (maximum research time of one hour per name/item researched).
  • No charge for printouts from Internet resources, but there is a maximum of twenty pages.
  • Photocopies or microfilm/microfiche printouts are 25 cents each.
Customers without Lincoln City Libraries cards:
  • $5.00 per item or name researched. Please note that this fee is charged for each item or name researched, and applies even in cases where no information can be found.
  • Maximum of one hour of research time per request.
  • Photocopies or printouts are 25 cents each.
  • Payment in advance is required for research over $20.00
  • Fax charges are in addition to the research fees described above.
  • To local phone numbers: 25 cents per page (excluding cover page)
  • To long distance numbers: $5.00 plus 25 cents per page (excluding cover page)
  • The fax cover sheet serves as an invoice.

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December 04, 2013 by Webmaster

Instant Messaging


Have a quick question? Click the green "Ask a Question" tab at the right side of your screen to open up a Reference Chat session with one of our librarians during the libraries' open hours. Please be patient -- staff will respond, however they are often helping face-to-face customers at the same time!


Text Us

Text a LibrarianTo contact library staff by text, text lincoln1 to 66746. You can save 66746 in your phone as lincoln1. You can then text the library as easily as texting anyone else.

Service Available:
Monday-Thursday 10 AM-8 PM
Friday-Saturday 10 AM-6 PM
Sunday 12-8 PM

Message & Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 66746 to opt-out. Text HELP to 66746 for help. Privacy policy.

These services are best suited for quick, simple questions. For more involved questions, please use our Ask a Librarian service.


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