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Answers for you from A to Z

by Evan | Aug 09, 2017
You want a list of potential customers for your new business. Or you want to find an address for your aunt in Toledo. Or you want to find a list of orthodontists in Fort Wayne. 

We have an online resource that specializes in those types of searches:  AtoZdatabases.  You can access this database from any of our public computers.  You can also access this database from home -- you'll just need to provide your ACPL card number, beginning with 21833 to login.

Click on the Research tab at the top of ACPL's home page and then again on Research Tools from the drop down list. Scroll down and click on Business and Finance. When you see the next drop down list, choose AtoZdatabases. You will be asked to type in your library card number (unless you are using a computer at the library.) Then you hit the jackpot.

A to Z

You can see three main options near the top of the page. One lets you search for a specific business anywhere in the country. The second provides job listings in your community. The third option lets you search for individuals by name -- or, if you activate the Search by Phone button -- you can search for who has a certain telephone number (although in the cell phone age, there's often no result available).

Things get even more interesting in the middle of the main page, where you can generate lists of businesses or people. For instance, you can put together a list of businesses of a certain size and certain type in all of Indiana. Or, you can generate a list of all married people in New Haven who live in houses valued between $75,000 and $125,000. 

Much of the data in AtoZ is estimates, and sometimes the addresses and phone numbers are out of date, but it's a far better resource than what you will find for free on the Internet, especially for creating lists. There are some limits on how long the lists can be, but once you have a list, you can print it or save it to a file. 

If you are comfortable playing around with databases, I encourage you to spend a half hour with AtoZ. The service is, of course, free for ACPL card holders who live in Allen County. If you would like guidance on using it, stop by the Business, Science & Technology Desk at the Main Library or give us a call at 260-421-1215. We'll be glad to help you with your personal or professional project.

EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.


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  1. Becky K | Sep 10, 2018

    Hi Lisa,

    Our apologies!  The website has been redesigned since this post was originally written.  You're halfway there -- after you click Research and Learning, our databases are presented in an alphabetical list.  A to Z is currently the third listing.

  2. Lisa | Sep 06, 2018

    Your steps listed above are incorrect. 

    Click on the Research tab at the top of ACPL's home page and then again on Research Tools from the drop down list. Scroll down and click on Business and Finance. When you see the next drop down list, choose AtoZdatabases. You will be asked to type in your library card number (unless you are using a computer at the library.)  


    There is no longer an option to select "Research Tools".  There is "Research and Learning" but then it doesn't offer the Business and Finance Option so you can't get to the AtoZdatabases.


    I'm presenting to 3 small business groups in the next few weeks and I wanted to share it because I found it valuable for my own business.  I submitted the same question to Ask a Librarian so I'm hoping to get a response soon.   

  3. Becky C | Nov 28, 2017

    Did you lose your library card?  If so, you'll want to call us at 260-421-1200, x 4011.

    If you need to replace it because it is worn, stop by any of our locations and speak to one of our staff at the Checkout Desk.  Make sure you have ID with you.

    More info about library cards can be found here:


    Hope this helps!

  4. lana koegel | Nov 27, 2017
    how do i get a new library card?

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