Reference Library

Web Ref Library Main Floor 6669

The James J. Hill Center’s reference library is a world-class research facility with an unparalleled collection of free online databases and print materials dedicated to starting your own business and reaching your highest potential.

Visitors can generate lists of companies matching user-defined criteria and find thousands of full-text articles from business magazines, industry specific financial metrics, lists of grant-making foundations and geographically-specific market data.

The Hill also has a unique collection of serials, journals and newsletters. Take a look at our library catalog to see if we have the materials you are looking for or contact our business librarians to help you narrow your search.

Research Databases

Check out our full list of databases and then come in and have our business librarians assist you in gathering the information you need.

Library Catalog

Explore the Hill’s unique and extensive print collection of serials, journals and newsletters. If you are unable to find what you are looking for set up an appointment with a business librarian to guide you along the way.

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!