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



We are in the process of renovating the James J. Hill Center to make the space more accessible to individuals with wheelchairs or limited mobility. This construction includes major renovation of our interior elevator. Due to this renovation, elevator access to the building and second floor for persons with accessibility constraints will be limited. A manual mobility Liftkar operated by a trained JJ Hill staff person will be available so that individuals in wheelchairs have access to our space. To schedule assistance before your visit, or if you have questions, please contact 651.265.5500. Unfortunately we are unable to transport electric scooters. Elevator construction will begin October 31, 2016 until completion in April, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience during this construction. Thank you for your understanding.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society and the F. R. Bigelow Foundation.