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The Business and Economics Department


Located on Lower Level One (LL1) of the Tom Bradley Wing: Department Map

Phone: 213-228-7100  | Fax: 213-228-7119  |  E-mail (form)

Department Staff

  • Joyce Cooper, Department Manager 213-228-7132
  • Youngsil Lee, Senior Librarian 213-228-7102

Materials & Collections

The Business and Economics Department contains 172,000 books, 230 current periodical titles and hundreds of trade and association directories. The Department's resources are particularly popular with small business owners/operators, entrepreneurs, importers/exporters, investors, analysts, industry researchers, job hunters, students, and marketing personnel.

Subject Areas

Accounting  - Advertising - Economics - Electronic Commerce

Industry - Investments - International Trade - Internet  - Job Hunting

Labor - Management - Marketing - Office Management - Personal Finance

Real Estate - Small Business - Taxation - Telecommunications

Transportation - Word Processing

Collection Highlights

  • Southern California current and historical company directories and annual reports
  • Corporate finance and stock information, current and historical
  • Small business & entrepreneurship, including resources for business plans, raising money for a business, home-based businesses, forming corporations and partnerships, starting & operating specific businesses (retail, catering, consulting, importing, etc.)
  • Southern California transportation industry
  • Government documents depository
  • Los Angeles city property records on microfiche
  • Trade magazines
  • Investor's Business Daily (IBD) 1990 - present
  • Statistical Reference Index (SRI), a selective guide to American statistical publications from private organizations and state government sources; indexes and microfiche documents 1980 - present
  • Historical mail order catalogs: Sears, Spiegel, Montgomery Ward

Online Business Resources

BEST Friends

BEST Friends is the support group for the Business & Economics and Science, Technology & Patents Departments. For membership information, please visit the BEST Friends website or e-mail