Jobs and careers, small business, entrepreneurs, computer and job skills resources and assistance at the library.


Job search and career planning classes at the library.

JobNow! -- live online help from job experts and other online job search resources.

Online resources for finding jobs and planning your career.


Take classes in basic computer skills, introductory and intermediate Microsoft Office.

Learn how to apply for jobs online.

Learn more about social media, Google tools, Internet security, online shopping, and more.

Get certified in computer basics or Microsoft Office through the Northstar Digital Literacy program. Add this certification to your resume!

Northstar Learning Guide
Instructional materials designed to help learners build the basic computer skills defined by the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments.


Computer access, skill training, and job search and skill assistance outside of library locations.

Classes are in English, Hmong, Somali, Oromo, Karen, Amharic, and Spanish.

The Mobile WORKplace is generously funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Otto Bremer Foundation.

Contact Pang Yang, Community Services Coordinator, for more information -- or 651-266-7454


Learn the basic steps of starting a business through books, classes, and asking reference librarians for assistance.

Update your resume and get help applying for a day job to fund your dream enterprise.

Meet other entrepreneurs and learn from their experiences at events and classes.

Use Business Plan Pro software at the Rondo or Central Libraries or take classes to write a business plan.

Look up competitors, research industries, and analyze markets using ReferenceUSA and Demographics Now.

Learn business and tech skills outside your professional skill set through classes and

Online resources for business are available at the library. Most are accessible from outside of the library by logging in with your library card.

Use special library equipment in the Innovation Lab for productive work (Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft software, and more).

Research grant opportunities using Foundation Center, available at the George Latimer Central Library.

Attend CERT Workshops and learn how to do business with local government.

Meet and hire another business owner (lawyer, accountant, web designer) at a networking event or class.

Learn how to improve marketing and search engine optimization through classes.

Rent library meeting room space for businesses that don’t have an office or storefront.

Small Business Resource Center

The Small Business Resource Center at the Rondo Community Library is the place for information for entrepreneurs and small business owners.


Free workshops offered by the Neighborhood Development Center.


  • Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios - comparative financial data benchmarks and trends.
  • Business Plan Pro - sample business plans and business plan formats.
  • Demographics Now - demographic information and thematic maps for analyzing customer bases and spending potential.
  • NAICS/SIC database - identifies the NAICS and SIC numbers for businesses.

About the Small Business Partnership Project

The business center at the Rondo library is generously supported by the St. Paul Travelers Foundation.


Innovation Lab resources, events, and news.

Changes Coming to

On September 12, the library's subscription to will be changing to LinkedIn Learning.

Highlights from the DigiDaze Community Technology Fair

Every year, Saint Paul Public Library and Saint Paul Neighborhood Network partner on DigiDaze, a community technology fair that provides…

Innovation Lab Newsletter for June-July 2019

The latest Innovation Lab newsletter, featuring Summer Sound Crew, Photo Walk, member interview, and calendar of events.

Project Independence

What does financial literacy mean? How do I apply for healthcare? Do I really need a resume? Learn from experts and others with experience.

New Evening Open Lab Hours at Arlington Hills Library

Can't make it to Open Lab during the day? Arlington Hills Library now offers evening Open Lab hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm.

Visit the Digital Homeroom

Visit the Digital Homeroom, a website created by the Saint Paul Public Library's Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) members,…

Jan/Feb 2019 Innovation Lab newsletter

The latest issue of the Innovation Lab newsletter has been published. Find out about new programs for the new year, meet Innovation Lab…

Open Lab

We offer one-to-one help during Open Lab for many types of assistance. Learn and develop computer skills and get help applying for jobs,…

Northstar Digital Assessment 2.0

Saint Paul Public Library is excited to partner with the Northstar Digital Literacy Project version 2.0. The updated version launched in…

Study and Practice for Tests Online

You can study for and practice tests online, free with your library card! The Learning Express Library gives you access to nearly 1,000…

Workforce development classes & more

Basic computer classes, computer skills certification, software classes, resume writing workshops, and job application help

Free eBooks Available from Foundation…

Free eBooks are now available from the Foundation Center on topics such as fundraising, nonprofit boards, nonprofit law, proposal writing,…

Join us on

Join our Meetup group -- St. Paul entrepreneurs and Creative Professionals -- to find out about events, share ideas, and learn more.

Opening a Business in Saint Paul

Step-by-step guidance for opening a business in Saint Paul (and how the city can help)!

Arts and Crafts Can be Big Business

Get paid for doing what you love! These resources will help you turn the hobbies, arts, and crafts you already enjoy into a new business.

Books for Entrepreneurs

If you are starting up a small business, or even just thinking about doing so, here are some title to get you started.
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