Get Money-Smart

By Alisha, opens a new window and Ed, opens a new window 

When you think of financial well-being, do you think of the library? We have a wealth of resources to help you in your quest for financial health at no cost to you. We offer books, classes and events, videos, and more about personal finances.

Your library can really save you money—and not only by providing library books, classes, and services. We also have resources that can help you successfully economize. Have you considered setting a budget? Our personal finance books can help with creating a budget, which helps you see areas where you can save a little here and there.

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We have classes and events year-round in the areas of business, finance, and taxes. These may focus on specific needs—such as budgeting, buying your first home, and estate planning—and provide a range of topics for different stages in your life.

Learn at Your Convenience

Your library card allows you to connect to, which has tutorials on subjects such as personal finance, credit, investing, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), commodities, career development, freelancing, and much more. includes a Personal Finance Tips series, as well as featuring a Learning Path with a multi-part course, Stay Ahead in Personal Finance.

The Universal Class database includes Personal Finance 101: How to Manage Your Money; Debt Reduction; Habits of Millionaires; Investing 101: Stocks, Bonds, and Mutual Funds; Investing 201: Introduction to Commodity, Options, and Futures Markets; Business Budgeting 101; Business Credit 101; Quicken Tutorial: An Introduction; QuickBooks 101; and Accounting & Bookkeeping 101 for Everyone.

Thinking About Investing?

The library offers you two powerful databases:

Morningstar Investment Research Center provides options for monitoring stocks as well as a classroom component where you can learn about stocks, funds, portfolios, and bonds. Webinars are offered weekly for anyone with a library card. Morningstar provides retirement and college savings advice as well.

Value Line’s daily commentaries provide timely information about the state of the stock market. The Value Line organization also maintains a Youtube channel with helpful videos, including a monthly segment called “One Stock to Buy Right Now.”

Each April, we celebrate Money Smart Week, a national public education program coordinated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Programs and resources highlighted during Money Smart Week empower people to make better financial decisions. During MSW 2021 (April 10-17), make time to go online and learn more about saving, spending, borrowing, and planning with these free events: 

Saturday, April 10, 11:00 EST -- Talking Cents (The University of Chicago Financial Education Initiative)

Sunday, April 11, 11:00 EST -- Saving (FINRA Investor Education Foundation)

Monday, April 12, 1:00 EST -- Basic Banking (The Economic Awareness Council)

Tuesday, April 13, 1:30 EST -- Student Loans (U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid)

Wednesday, April 14, 2:00 EST -- Fraud Protection (Internal Revenue Service)

Thursday, April 15, 2:00 EST -- Personal Finance (Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center)

Friday, April 16, 1:00 EST -- Housing Protections + Resources (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

Saturday, April 17, 11:30 EST -- Budgeting (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension)

View more details at, opens a new window. Events are free and open to the public, but registration is advised. Questions for the panelists can be submitted during the registration process.