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Books of the Month!

The Wisdom of Finance

2017 AMAZON PICK IN BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP. This book captures Harvard Business School professor Mihir Desai's lucid exploration of the ideas of finance as seen through the unusual prism of the humanities. Through this novel, creative approach, Desai shows that outsiders can access the underlying ideas easily and insiders can reacquaint themselves with the core humanity of their profession.


FINANCIAL TIMES AND MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR. NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK. NPR BEST BOOKS OF 2017. Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein of the Washington Post, examines the fallout from the closing of a General Motors' assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin--Paul Ryan's hometown--and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class.

Economics for the Common Good

In Economics for the Common Good, Nobel Prize-winning economist Jean Tirole, shares his insights on a broad array of questions affecting our everyday lives and the future of our society, including global warming, unemployment, the post-2008 global financial order, the euro crisis, the digital revolution, innovation, and the proper balance between the free market and regulation.

The Fuzzy and the Techie

FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK OF THE MONTH. FINALIST FOR THE 2016 FINANCIAL TIMES/McKINSEY BRACKEN BROWN PRIZE. In his brilliantly contrarian book, the Fuzzy and the Techie, Scott Hartley reveals the counterintuitive reality of business today: it's actually the fuzzies - not the techies - who are playing the key roles in developing the most creative and successful new business ideas.

Machine, Platform, Crowd

MIT's Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson know what it takes to master the digital-powered shift: we must rethink the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd. In the tradition of agenda-setting classics like Clay Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma, McAfee and Brynjolfsson deliver both a penetrating analysis of a new world and a toolkit for thriving in it.

Adaptive Markets

Adaptive Markets shows that the theory of market efficiency isn't wrong but merely incomplete. When markets are unstable, investors react instinctively, creating inefficiencies for others to exploit. Andrew Lo's new paradigm explains how financial evolution shapes behavior and markets at the speed of thought--a fact revealed by swings between stability and crisis, profit and loss, and innovation and regulation.

Library Happenings

Bloomberg Terminal Training: Supply Chain

Please join us for a Bloomberg Terminal training on Company Supply Chain. 

Companies often times only have to report a small segment of their supply chain; this training will show Commerce employees how to see the rest, and how that supply chain impacts global activity.

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018
9:30am - 10:30am
Reading Room (HCHB Room 1894)
Database Trainings

ProQuest Congressional


DOC staff now have access to electronic Congressional documents.


  • The Congressional Hearings Digital Collection (1824-2017) is a collection of published and unpublished hearings held by Congress.
  • The U.S.Congressional Serial Set (1789-2017) is a series of reports and documents published by Congress.


Find this and other databases on our Databases A-Z list.

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S.


DOC staff now have access to electronic statistical information.

The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States (1929-2017) is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political and economic conditions of the United States.

Find this and other databases on our Databases A-Z list.

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Check out our Digital Exhibit!

Secretary of Commerce, Undersecretary of Everything Else: Herbert Hoover as Department of Commerce Secretary, 1921-1928

Visiting HCHB?  Come see the companion physical exhibit on display in the library's Reading Room.


Library Orientation

We encourage new employees to attend, as well as senior employees who need a refresher on library services.  Come learn about print & electronic resources, set up access for password protected databases & wifi, and tour the beautiful historic library.  Check our calendar for the next orientation!  No reservation is necessary. 

Can't make the monthly orientation?  Stop by Room 1894 at any time or call us to schedule a convenient time.


Upcoming Library Events

Need Research Help?

The library staff is happy to assist with any of your research needs.  You can: