WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES
The Brooklyn Heights Business & Career Library provides resources for students, entrepreneurs, and job seekers alike just steps from St. Francis College.
The collection is located on the first floor of 280 Cadman Plaza West and is housed in the same building as the general Brooklyn Height Library collection, which is upstairs.
The Business & Career Library has many specialized materials, ranging from books on personal finance to books about copyright laws. Students can also use test prep books for the LSAT and other post-graduate entrance exams.
“What we’re trying to do is collect all those resources so we can refer people,” Senior Librarian Natalie Cannestra told SFC Today.
The library also holds events, seminars, and competitions for local entrepreneurs. One such competition is PowerUP!— a business plan competition for anyone, ages 18 and older, looking to start a business in Brooklyn. The prize for the competition is $15,000 dollars.
Other annual activities include “Start Smart”- a series of events focusing on newly popular industries. This year’s event included crafting, artisanal food, and nonprofit organizations as their focus.
Supporting local start-up business is important to the library. New York’s market provides both opportunities and challenges for those looking to start a company, librarian Tim Tully said.
“It’s a harder market to penetrate, but it’s also a bigger market,” Tully told SFC Today.
To give entrepreneurs the best help possible, the library updates its collection every month, catering to the needs of patrons. This includes not only books, but a variety of eBooks and databases to access electronically.
Many of the databases can be accessed remotely from home with a library card. One popular database is Lynda, which provides tutorials on subjects relating to business and technology in video format. “People learn in different ways, and if you’re someone who can learn well by watching a video, it’s an amazing database,” Cannestra said.
On Mondays and Fridays from 2-4pm, a specialized librarian is available to help refine resumes, practice interviews, and provide help with job searches. Thirty-minute appointments for general research help are also available throughout the week.
Later this year, the Business & Career Library will relocate to the Grand Army Plaza library branch. “We will keep the public informed through our website and social media channels,” said a statement from Brooklyn Public Library’s Adam Leddy,“ and will do our best to minimize service disruptions to patrons.”