Take Your Business to the Next LevelUp


Mark Pond, Business Research Librarian for Spokane Public Libraries, has the financial world at his fingertips, and so does anyone else who ventures into the LevelUp space on the third floor of the Downtown location.

LevelUp provides access to the only Bloomberg News terminal he knows of outside the New York Public Library.  Bloomberg provides the most in-depth business news and analysis available anywhere for investors or local businesses trying to determine, for example, the companies Apple uses to source components.  Other databases _ Reference USA and Demographics Now _ show the local market for specific goods and services, and the businesses competing for those customers.  LevelUp also has a small conference room and a video conferencing room that has been in high demand.

Business courses are available online.  Long butcher block tables made by library staff allow laptop users to spread out and enjoy the attractive new space.  And Pond is ready to help those overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the resources at hand.

LevelUp is just one example of the library system’s efforts to offer services to all comers: individual, business or academic.  With Measure No. 1, which will be on the April 25 ballot, Spokane voters can assure LevelUp and other library assets continue to help inform and serve our community.  Voters in 2013 first approved the levy of 7 cents per $1000 property valuation by a 2-1 margin.

Please vote for Measure No. 1.  It’s good business.

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