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Welcome to the DCTC Library's personal finance guide. On these pages you will find library resources (both online and on our shelves), plus other reliable online resources.

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In the Library


Our collection is organized by Library of Congress call numbers. If you like to browse, most books about personal finance are shelved in the HG179 call number range. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.

Here are just a few of our books about personal finance:


Use our catalog, OneSearch, to find the books and videos on our shelves, plus ebooks and streaming videos.



The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To narrow your results, use the Modify My Results options on the left side of the screen. You can also click on a relevant title and click on one of its subject headings to focus your search on that particular topic.

Please ask a librarian if you need help locating anything you find in our catalog.

If we don't have the book, video, or article you're looking for, you can request it via interlibrary loan (ILL) and it will come to you. It's easy! E-mail to let us know what you're looking for and we'll do the rest.


These magazines can help you make smart choices with your money.


Consumer Reports We have print issues of Consumer Reports from the past three years, plus online coverage from 1991 to the present via EBSCO.


Kiplinger's Personal Finance We have print issues of Kiplinger's Personal Finance from the past three years, plus online coverage from 1990 to the present via EBSCO.


Selected web sites

Federal Student Aid

FSA offers a handy guide to Budgeting for college students. It covers why and how to create a budget, how to balance school and a job, and what you should know about budgeting after you graduate.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides a ton of useful information and answers to commonly-asked financial questions in their Consumer Tools. Topics include:

You'll also find guides for financial decisions like helping a loved one manage their money and paying for college.



Investopedia offers lots of Personal Finance information, covering budgeting, savings, banking, credit cards, debt, home ownership, retirement planning, taxes, insurance, and more. You'll also find The Ultimate Guide to Financial Literacy, which introduces banking and credit cards and explains how to create a budget and start investing.

Retirement planning

Department of Labor


The Department of Labor (DOL) runs a retirement savings education campaign called Saving Matters, with information about why you should begin saving for retirement now and tips for getting started. DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration also provides publications like these:

Savings Fitness

Taking The Mystery Out Of Retirement Planning