Business Library

Web Ref Library Main Floor 6669


The James J. Hill Center’s business library is a world-class research facility dedicated to helping you start, build and grow your business or career. We are here to help you reach your highest business potential. Explore our unparalleled collection of free online databases, library programs and historic print collection.

Enjoy free coffee, WiFi and an awe-inspiring space. Visitors are invited to bring their lunch, take a break or roll up their sleeves and dig into one of our premiere databases. Our paid database resources are freely accessible while in the library and can help you generate lists, build sales leads, or discover venture capital options. Business librarians are available by appointment to assist in your research.

Stop in and discover one of Minnesota’s best kept secrets to success.

Starting a Business

If you are ready take to your product to the next level or have just begun the process of building your business, start with the Hill.  Stop by to learn how to create a business plan, conduct market research or build your professional network.

Grow Your Business

Take your business to the next level with business resources for entrepreneurs, startups and established business owners.  Explore the steps it takes to grow and enhance your company.

Nonprofit Resources

Learn about specialized resources for starting, running and fundraising for nonprofits.

Career Exploration

A 360 for those looking for a new job or want to learn about becoming an entrepreneur.

Historic Library Catalog

A premier collection of over 200,000 business resources that span the mid-1800s through the early 21st Century. Historic topics include a heavy influence of railroad, early American economy, business journals, books and periodicals relating to business and company research.

Databases List A-Z

A complete list of recommended databases.

Research Guides

A curated list of topics for a step-by-step guide through the Hill’s databases.


Reference Library Usage Policies


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We are pleased to announce the completion of our elevator renovation at the James J. Hill Center. This project was financed in part with funds provided by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society and the F. R. Bigelow Foundation. It will greatly increase our ability to serve patrons with accessibility needs.

Please access our ground floor elevator entrance via Kellogg Ave at the back of the building. Please ring the doorbell on the right hand side of door and a Hill staff member will assist you. If you have questions or concerns please call 651.265.5500. We look forward to having you visit our brand new elevator!