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Libraries & Information Resources

Public Libraries

Public libraries are often a great source of information for entrepreneurs. Southeastern Wisconsin offers municipal libraries and county-based library systems with resources for entrepreneurs.

Typically, any public library in your county or public library system will honor the library cards from any other public library in the county or library system.

To take advantage of the resources of your local public library:

  • Go to the library’s web site to begin your research. Library web sites usually contain links to their own library catalog and often include other local libraries in the same search engine, allowing you to check many libraries in your area in one catalog search.
  • Visit the library in person and discuss your needs with a reference librarian
  • Use the links below to find the public libraries in your area
Have a question? Need an answer? The Milwaukee Public Library and other Wisconsin public libraries participate in a free, online reference service called AskAway. Librarians from all over the United States are available whenever you need information — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Kenosha County

Milwaukee County

Ozaukee County

Racine County

Walworth County

Washington County

Waukesha County

Public University Libraries

University of Wisconsin libraries are open to the public. Library resources vary by campus but typically include business, management, financial and technology materials.  Several UW campuses are located in southeastern Wisconsin:

According to the University of Wisconsin-Madison web site, UW-Madison campus libraries are open to the general public and visitors are welcome to visit and utilize the campus libraries and their onsite resources.

The library building, its collections, and research computers are open to the general public. A UWM ID is required to use the campus computer lab and to check out materials.

This campus is located in Kenosha.

UW-Washington County – West Bend

Located in northwest Waukesha, near the airport and fairgrounds.

Library information

Other Reference

James J. Hill Reference Library
Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Hill Library serves a broad constituency including entrepreneurs, business people, consultants, educators, students, and employees of other nonprofit organizations. Their services are available via phone, Internet, and email, as well as in person.


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