Business Resources

Business Collections
Providence Public Library has been offering specialized services to Rhode Island's business community since the early 1920s.

Patent Office
PPL is a patent depository library functioning as a satellite of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). We offer specialized research assistance and training on the use of the USPTO Web site and encourage those conducting patent and trademark research to contact and arrange a meeting with the Library's Business Services Librarian.

In addition, we have a complete microfilm file of U.S. Patents and registered trademarks including utility patents since 1790, plant patents on microfiche from 1931 and design patents on microfilm from 1970. Also available is the Official Gazette from 1872, the Annual Index to Patents from 1790 and a listing of attorneys and agents registered to practice before the USPTO.


EBSCO A to Z Databases

  • 30 Million Businesses
  • 33 Million Executives
  • 8 Million Executive Email Addresses
  • 2 Million New Businesses
  • 200 Million Residents
  • 90 Million Homeowners
  • 50,000 New Homeowners Added Weekly
  • 200,000 New Movers Added Weekly

EBSCO Master File

Providence Journal Archives (PPL library card number required)
Contains articles published in the Providence Journal since 1983, written by Providence Journal writers. News, sports, editorials, obituaries, wedding announcements, and legal notices are available.

Links to Business Resources

Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program
Every Company Counts - Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
Chamber of Commerce Directory (U.S.)
Providence Business News
Stock Quotes-Yahoo Finance
Urban Ventures

Workshops & Other Development Services

Starting a Small Business Workshops

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