SJPL Works: Career & Business

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Find your career. Build your business.

SJPL Works provides economic and workforce development resources for employment seekers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.


150 E San Fernando St., San José, CA 95112


Monday 9 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday 9 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 8 PM
Thursday 9 AM - 8 PM
Friday 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 1 PM – 6 PM

  Holiday Closures

SJPL Works provides economic and workforce development resources for employment seekers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. SJPL Works operates out of the 2,000 square foot center on the 3rd floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, with satellite programming at all branch libraries. The center features collaborative workspaces with technology and productivity tools, meeting spaces with videoconferencing, specialized collections, classes, and much more.

How We Help Find Your Career

  • Resume Assistance: Meet with a Career Librarian one-on-one or in a small group setting for an overview of effective formatting, objective, experience, and accomplishment statements. A Career Librarian can also review and critique resumes and cover letters. Please send review request at least 3 days prior to application deadline. A 1-2 day turn around time is required, excluding weekends.
  • Mock Interviews: Meet with a Career Librarian one-on-one to practice for an interview.
  • Job Application Assistance: Meet with library staff and volunteers to get assistance in filling out job applications.
  • Career Exploration/Transitions: Meet with a Career Librarian one-on-one to explore opportunities tailored to your personality, skills, motivations, and professional environment preferences.

How We Help Build Your Business

  • Referrals: We connect you to organizations that can best assist with your business needs.
  • Market Research: We can teach you how to utilize library business online resources such as PrivCo, Reference Solutions Business Directory, and Rich’s Online Directory of Bay Area Businesses.

For individual assistance, we recommend making an appointment. Please call 1-408-808-2310 or 1-408-808-2397.

Career & Business Events

Career Pt 1: Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Learn the essential elements of a successful resume and cover letter including how to highlight your accomplishments and transferable skills. (VIRTUAL)

Career Pt 2: Resume Review

Have your resume reviewed by a SJPL Works Business & Career Librarian during a 15 minute one-on-one meeting. (VIRTUAL)

Career Pt 3: Interview & Networking Skills Workshop

Learn how to successfully prepare for an interview to land your next position. (VIRTUAL)

Career Pt 4: Mock Interview

Practice your interview skills by answering behavioral/situational interview questions then receive feedback. (VIRTUAL)

Workspaces and Collections

SJPL Works: Workspaces & Technology Access

Collaborate, train, and meet virtually or in-person. Access computers, laptops, and tablets loaded with business software.

Patent & Trademark Resource Center

Get research assistance for your trademark or patent, and access USPTO resources, such as PubWEST.

New Career & Business Collection Materials

Newest career and business titles added to the SJPL Works collection.

Business Planning Booklist

Dreaming of starting a business, but need some help creating a business plan? Here are some titles to help get you started.

About SJPL Works

We have partnered with numerous local organizations, and have dedicated staff available to assist you.

Career Online Resources

San Jose Library Card and PIN needed for home access to these online resources. Get an eLibrary Card.

Career Preparation - LearningExpress Library

Offers preparation for professional exams, information about occupations, and skill-building for the workplace. Adult Education and Career Center

Get help with test prep, job searching, and more.  Includes GED and Citizenship exams. Get your resume/cover letter reviewed by trained professionals. 

Business Online Resources

San Jose Library Card and PIN needed for home access to these online resources. Get an eLibrary Card.


Get business and financial data on non-publicly traded companies. Includes information about VC fundings, private equity deals, private mergers and acquisitions, and private market investors.

Reference Solutions Business Directory

Access detailed directory information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses, including address, sales, headquarter and subsidiary information, and SIC and NAICS numbers. 

Rich's Online Directory (Bay Area)

Directory information for Bay Area companies.

Latest Blogs

SJPL Works Community Partner: SCORE Silicon Valley

Learn about SJPL Works partner SCORE Silicon Valley and how they can help your small business.

SJPL Works
03/30/2023 - 10:00 AM

WeThrive High School Entrepreneur Summer Camp

Calling all high schoolers who want to be small business entrepreneurs! This hybrid summer camp is for you!

03/24/2023 - 6:00 PM

SJPL Works: Women Returners Workgroup

Join SJPL Works' virtual workshop assisting women returners meet and collaborate with each other to help jumpstart their job search.

SJPL Works
02/07/2023 - 5:00 PM