Business Reference Resources

The trained staff of Main Information Services, located on the second floor of the Main Library's North Building, is able to help you with your business information needs. Additionally, our website offers a large collection of business-related links as well as many subscription databases.

We can help you gather information to start your own business, locate suppliers, determine the outlook for an industry, find other companies in your field,contact associations and organizations that serve your industry and more. The Library offers information on:

Addresses and Telephone Numbers

Sources available: Standard and Poor's directories; business and manufacturing directories for Kentucky and ReferenceUSA: An online database of over 12 million U.S. companies compiled from white and yellow page telephone directories. Includes address, phone number, zip code, and line of business. Annual sales figures, number of employees, and credit ratings are provided also.

Regional Information

Sources available; Kentucky, Indiana and Miscellaneous clippings from the Courier Journal and Business First dating back to August, 1989. Dun and Bradstreet's Dun's Regional Directory covering the local Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Includes name of business; address; phone number; sales; and number of employees (when available, officers) ; and SIC designations. Arranged alphabetically by city and zip code; also includes listings by SIC and alphabetically by company name; Kentucky Business Directory, Kentucky Manufacturing Directories; Kentucky Service Business Directory


Sources available: Mergent  Manuals;  International Directory of Company Histories.

General Business Subjects

Sources available: Small Business Sourcebook; Business Plans Handbook.

Small Business Start-Up Collection

The  Reference Department  includes a Small Business Start-Up Collection. This collection includes books on writing business plans, starting small businesses and finding loans.


The Louisville Free Public Library houses one of The Foundation Center's cooperating network of collections located in Kentucky. Information is available about grants for businesses and individuals.  The Library also has the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, which lists grants and loans available from the federal government.   The Library also has the FC Search CD-ROM.


Sources available: Value Line Investment Survey; mutual fund newsletters; Mergent Bond Record; Morningstar Mutual Funds; Standard and Poor's Daily Stock Price Record, and Morningstar Library Edition Online.

Marketing and Industry Outlook

Data from the Federal government as well as private sources to help profile a geographic area or an industry for potential business.

Sources available: Standard and Poor's Industry Surveys; County Business Patterns. The Business Reference area has a collection of industry information sources.

Patents and Trademarks

Paper and computerized indexes, assistance in identifying patents in your field, full texts of patents. For more information, look at our Patents and Trademarks page.

Job Search

Sources available:  classified sections from major U.S. newspapers; federal job bulletins; the Library has an extensive collection of resume and interview technique books.


U.S. Government Publications: The Library is a depository for Federal publications. This provides access to laws, regulations, statistics and census data, and government studies. 

The Reference area has a demographics collection covering Kentucky and United States demographic information.

Electronic Collections of Magazines, and Newspapers, Company Profiles, Legal Forms and Investing Aids

Over 700 business and investment related magazines easily accessed through computer terminals.

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Last Updated: 10/14/2014