SJPL Works: Career & Business

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Find your career. Build your business.

Works unites the expertise of the area's top leaders in economic and workforce development to create an extensive network of resources for employment seekers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.

The business center features collaborative workspaces with technology and productivity tools, meeting spaces with videoconferencing, specialized collections and classes, and much more.

More About SJPL Works

Address

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


Hours

Monday 9 AM - 9 PM
Tuesday 9 AM - 9 PM
Wednesday 9 AM - 9 PM
Thursday 9 AM - 9 PM
Friday 9 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 1 PM - 7 PM

  Holiday Closures

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.
  • 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, motivation, environment, and skills.

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 USA Business Directory, and Rich’s Online Directory of Bay Area Businesses.

Attend Events

Virtual Career Events

Get a jump start on your job search or develop new skills to advance your career.

Virtual Resume Assistance

Learn how to create a high quality résumé or have it reviewed for improvements.

Virtual Small Business Events

Learn how to start, manage, and grow your business.

SJPL Works: Workspaces

Collaborate, train, and meet virtually or in-person.

SJPL Works: Technology Access

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.

Career & Business Online Resources

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

DemographicsNow

Find detailed demographic data about people and businesses and gain access to reports about purchasing shifts and trends.
Note: This eResource is not accessible to eLibrary Card members at this time.

Gale Business: Plan Builder

Turn your small business idea into reality using this set of planning, management, and analytical tools.

JobNow & VetNow

Chat online with job search coaches regarding resume help, interview practice, and more. VetNow offers live help for navigating veteran resources and benefits.
Note: Live coaching is available daily 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM PST. Support materials are available 24/7.

Legal Information Reference Center

Online full-text access to legal reference books and forms, including Nolo books and various legal forms for personal, family, real estate and small businesses topics.

PrivCo

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.

ReferenceUSA 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.
Note: Rich's Bay Area is currently inaccessible and we're working on solving this as soon as possible.

Small Business Reference Center

Full-text books from Nolo Press and other publishers, sample legal forms and videos on starting a company, operations management, sales, growing or rescuing a business.

Value Line Investment Survey

Access in-depth financial information, research, commentary, and analysis for stocks.

Latest Blogs

Pathfinder Jessica Lundin: Host of *Virtual* One-On-One Resumé, Job Search, and Interview Skills

Librarian Jessica Lundin reaches her community by providing a program that helps with job search skills!

Ila Langner
11/09/2020 - 10:00 PM

Closing of a Beloved Neighbor: Sunny Donuts

Many businesses have closed permanently, including Cambrian's Sunny Donuts.

Ila Langner
10/29/2020 - 10:00 PM

Avoiding Job Scams

Information about how to protect yourself from job scams.

SJPL Works
10/20/2020 - 10:00 AM