The Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) at the Free Library of Philadelphia supports entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and inventors at every stage, helping to improve their skills through individualized guidance in research, public programs, and curated print and digital resources. We create multiple entry points for those with ideas, plans, skills, and passions, enabling people to make fact-based decisions in order to fulfill their goals.

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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed

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Virtual Intermediate Grant Writing

Tue, January 31, 2023 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Intermediate Grant Writing is an interactive webinar that will build on the teachings of the first two parts of the Grant Writing Series. In this session, participants will learn and review aspects of a good grant proposal and practice reviewing actual grants. Bring your questions as there will…

Math for GED

Tue, January 31, 2023 10:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library

Our small learning group will practice math skills that can help you pass tests, solve problems and understand the world. Activities include solving algebra equations, working with negative numbers, exponents, and polynomial expressions, and responding to sample test questions. In-person…

Headshots + Resume Review at the BRIC!

Thu, February 2, 2023 1:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Get a FREE headshot photo taken at the Business Resource and Innovation Center! Headshots are a unique service for entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals, job seekers, and more.  Use your photo to enhance your professional portfolio and make your LinkedIn profile stand out among the…

Introducing Digital Skills: Computer Basics

Fri, February 3, 2023 2:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Join the digital skills learning circle and learn with us. We'll use online courses designed to help you learn the basics. Bring your own device or we can provide a laptop if necessary. More information is available at https://bit.ly/LLCnewprograms

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Blog Posts

Start Your 2023 Career Goals with Free Virtual Career Workshops!

Do your New Year's Resolutions include getting a new job, pivoting to a new field, or learning some new skills?  Check out upcoming virtual career workshops for jobseekers at the Free Library, brought to you by Full Circle… continue reading

By Steven D.    January 11, 2023   

Resources and Services for Nonprofits at the Free Library

The Free Library offers many unique resources and services, from musical instruments  and  cake pans  to  headshots  and  cooking classes . But did you know that the Free Library also offers free resources and… continue reading

By Caitlin S.    December 20, 2022   

Introducing: Philadelphia Business Journal Online

The Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library is excited to announce that Philadelphia Business Journal Online is now available to all library patrons! This valuable resource provides the latest updates on Philadelphia’s… continue reading

By Claire L.    December 20, 2022    1   

Work Towards a New Career with Virtual Career Workshops!

It's that time of year where staying warm in the comfort of your home sounds so nice. Why not work on getting your next job or learning a new skill from the comfort of your home! Check out upcoming virtual career workshops… continue reading

By Steven D.    October 26, 2022   

Press

Technical.ly Philly

If you're in the "I have an idea but now what?" stage of entrepreneurship, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Parkway Central branch makes for a great first stop. Just don't expect free coffee.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

For its 570,441 cardholders, the Free Library system offers thousands of resources, materials, online courses, workshops, and classes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

In the Free Library's new Business Resource and Innovation Center, you can be as noisy as you want, even eat there. You can get free headshots taken for your LinkedIn profile, or a video of you practicing pitches. Or take a class on how to write a business plan.

WHYY

Check out the latest edition of the Free Library, exult in the beauty of Fairmount Park, or follow the footsteps of African-American artists in North Philly.

WHYY

The expansion of the Library includes a new teen center with video games; a Manga animation collection, and young adult novels; a small business resource center with powerful wifi and onsite consultants; and 7,200 square feet of undetermined public space with chairs, tables, power outlets, and meeting rooms to be used however one wishes.

NBC Philadelphia

In its largest renovation since its opening in 1927, the Free Library of Philadelphia is set open 41,000 square feet of newly reimagined space within the Parkway Central Library after years of planning and renovation.

GlobeSt.com

The Free Library of Philadelphia's renovation is the largest since it was completed in 1927, and increases the building's public space to 68 percent.

PhillyVoice

There will be three new areas: the Robert and Eileen Kennedy Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC), and the Marie and Joseph Field Teen Center.

American Library Association

Taking Care of Business in the 21st Century is the fifth installment in the Association's "Quick Reads for Busy Librarians" series. The Quick Reads series features publications under 100 pages long and covering topics deemed essential to modern public library workers.

Philadelphia VIP

The Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) of the Free Library of Philadelphia is a core partner of Phialdelphia VIP's LawWorks program, the city's only broad-based provider of critical legal support to the small businesses and nonprofits creating employment opportunities, generating tax revenues, and serving their communities.

Philadelphia Magazine

The Free Library's Business Resource and Innovation Center wants to teach Philly entrepreneurs a thing or two about pitching. Next week, the Parkway Central Library will launch the Pitch Corner, a new resources and space for innovators where they can hone their business pitches and strengthen elevator pitches about their assets and aptitudes.

Philly.com

The Free Library of Philadelphia on Wednesday will launch the Pitch Corner, a new tool for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and job seekers. It's a semiprivate space in the Parkway Central Library's business center where start-ups can practice and record their pitch in front of a video camera.

Social Innovations Journal

3rd Place: BRIC librarians represented by Rebekah Ray. The Free Library of Philadelphia, Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) curates information for and fosters the growth of new social enterprises and nonprofits.