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Legal Forms and Resources @ your library

Ask us at the Info desk if you need help downloading the forms or finding articles. The Legal Forms database allows you to find forms you need from the library computers and at home with your library card.  You can use Legal Forms to design your own forms for business and personal uses. [Click the image below for links to access – you may need your library card number from home]



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IRS warns of a new tax bill scam

ftc_scamalertsIRS Imposter Scams



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Finding jobs, businesses and people using your library

Reference USA – Try this business and telephone directory to locate products and businesses, market your business, research competitors, finding a job or just find relatives and friends. Have your Burlington Public library card handy for access.

This database is provided courtesy of the Port of Skagit.

ReferenceUSA Telephone and Business Directory

For some short videos training any time, click on the Learning Center for a direct link to one of the scheduled trainings. ReferenceUSA’s Search Essentials
Mondays – 3:00 pm CST (1 Hour)

Designed for anyone new to using our database, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. We will cover the four essentials anyone, particularly those new to ReferenceUSA, will want to know in order to successfully use the resource. This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks, and techniques. Plenty of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.


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For our Burlington Businesses

Reference USA business and telephone directory database.

This database is provided courtesy of the Port of Skagit

Try our new business and telephone directory database called Reference USA.

This database is very useful for finding phone numbers (landlines only), business data, customers for direct marketing projects, help with your business plans and job searching.  Specific examples are listed below.

  • Small business owners: If you are interested in opening up a new business in a certain area, historical data enables you to research that location to see how many businesses were there before. If there have there been multiple restaurants at the same location within a few years—that may be a red flag. You can research which businesses were located nearby over the last 10 years and even get executive contact names to conduct additional market research.
  • Developers/Investors: Developers can use this to make sure they develop and invest in land and businesses that are thriving. This module allows you to research industry trends across the U.S. or within a geographic location. In addition, investors can track a company over time to find out if the company opened or closed locations, moved locations multiple times and whether the company is shrinking or growing.
  • Job Seekers: The best tool for job seekers is research! It’s always a good idea to research a company before applying and interviewing. You can search for a company of interest and study any trends in the business since 2003. Similarly, they can search by the same industry and study overall business trends. Employers love educated job candidates!
  • Researchers: The data collected by Reference USA might help with research on the effects of city laws on businesses over time, the effect of natural disasters on a region’s local economy or how advances in geographic technology boosts the economy, anything is possible with the historical data module.

Please check with us any time if you have questions or would like a demonstration.  You need an active Burlington Library card to access this database.


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Scam du jour

chip credit card scams alert - be awareGreat information on using the new chip credit cards – no perfect solutions.

Read here…

and here



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Scam Prevention – Protect Yourself

If you know someone who might be a potential victim of a telephone or internet scam, click these links and graphic for a short video and more information. The Federal Trade Commission is working with libraries to keep people from being victimized by scammers.

Imposter Scams

Identity Theft

Charity Fraud

Health Care Scams

Paying Too Much

“You’ve Won” Scams


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Learning at the Library in 2015


Each January the Burlington Public Library renews subscriptions to over 20 different online resources for research. These databases (we call them) complement our book collections on popular information topics. The resources are usually special websites that are accessible in the library or at home with your library card. The sites provide non-commercial (no pop-ups) private access to back issues of magazines, scholarly journals and newspapers. They also include online access to well written and edited special interest encyclopedias and information resources.

Examples include:
• Telephone and business directory type information – AtoZdatabases
• Practice tests for career and educational training – Testing & Education Reference Center
• Language learning – Pronunciator
• Consumer and product information – Ebsco and Proquest
• Legal self-help books and articles – Legal Information Reference Center

These are designed to provide the most reliable and factual information from a variety of points of views for students and the general public.

So the next time you get frustrated with your Google search or want an alternative to Wikipedia, try the Burlington Public Library.

Ask Us!
or 360-755-0760


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More resume workshops coming

Resume Workshop with Q & A and Evaluations

Friday mornings, October 19th and Nov 2, 2012.  9:00 a.m. until noon

This workshop is presented at no charge.  Laptops will available for one-on-one assistance with editing and adapting your resume to special jobs (or bring your own laptop).

Trainer is Felicia Boettger of the Mount Vernon Goodwill Job Training and Education Center.

Bring your resume or start a new one.

Teens are welcome!

Sign-ups at the Info Desk, by phone at 360-755-0760, or email



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From financing to business plans

Planning and Financing
a Business Workshop

Friday Afternoon Sept 21st, 2012

A three and a half hour odyssey of what it takes to start and maintain a high performing business. From financing to business plans this is a must do for anyone who has recently started or is considering to launch a business. FREE!

1:00pm – 4:30pm.

Refreshments provided.

Session presented in partnership with the Burlington Public Library and held at the Burlington Public Library: 820 E Washington Ave.

Register at EDASC





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May 20-26, 2012 is Small Business Week

Happy Small Business Week!

To celebrate, we thought we’d remind you of the many online resources for small businesses your library provides (cause heaven knows, they need all the help they can get.  Share this with the businesspeople you know!).

One of our databases, the Small Business Reference Center, is always available in the library and from home with your library card.  Click here to log in from home with your library card.

Here are just a few of the topics covered:

Coaching an Employee                                  Conducting Successful Meetings

Doing Business on eBay                                Hiring the First Employees

Interviewing a Candidate                             Marketing Your Business

Presenting to Customers                              Reacting to a Changing Market

Running a Thriving Business                        Selling a Business

Starting & Running a Nonprofit                  Starting a Business From Home

Starting a Business With Less Than $1,000

Tax Deductions                                                 Working with Difficult People


Click here for a link to all of our online business information sources.

And spread the word: Burlington business owners may get library cards at no charge.  Bring in your property tax statement, sale agreement, business license, or other document that shows your name and legal ownership of the property, in addition to photo ID.


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