Getting Money Smart

Libraries support all different kinds of literacy, including financial literacy, the crucial ability to make informed decisions about your money. You can find a wide range of practical resources at the Library to help you become more literate in personal finance.

Money Smart Week, a project of the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, celebrates the contributions libraries make in helping the community manage money better. What a great time to remember how important financial literacy is—take a look at these selected titles.

Compiled by:
Jane R.

Estate Planning

Plan Your Estate

Denis Clifford
Adult Nonfiction – 346.052 Cli

Estate planning in plain English, showing you how to protect loved ones from legal hassles and financial uncertainty.

Rest In Peace: A Planning Guide for the Inevitable

Charles Walts
Adult Nonfiction – 346.73052 Wal

Advice for placing one's affairs in order, detailing how to compose a will, advance directive, and power of attorney notices.

Home Buying

Finding Home: Everything You Need to Know—and Do—For Home Buying Success

Michael W. Trickey
Adult Nonfiction – 643.12 Tri

Practical advice in navigating the home buying process, with insights and tips for first-time buyers and seasoned investors alike.

Home Buying Kit for Dummies

Eric Tyson, Ray Brown
643.12 Tys

Tips on getting the best deal on a new home. Includes how to find the right property, make smart financial decisions, and understand lending requirements and tax implications.


Investing with Purpose: Capitalize on the Time and Money You Have to Create the Tomorrow You Desire

Mark Aardsma
Adult Nonfiction – 332.6 Aar

Teaches you how to capitalize on opportunities and avoid the emotional pitfalls that lead investors to make bad decisions.

Juggling with Knives: Smart Investing in the Coming Age of Volatility

Jim Jubak
Adult Nonfiction – 332.6 Jub

Explores the "new normal" of market volatility and provides practical solutions for how to respond, build a portfolio, and profit.

Money Management

Beautiful Money: The 4-Week Total Wealth Makeover

Leanne Jacobs
Adult Nonfiction – 158.1 Jac

Explaings how to transform your relationship with money from the inside out by exploring your financial behaviors and beliefs.

Manage Your Financial Life: A Thoughtful, Organized Approach for Women

Nancy Doyle
Adult Nonfiction – 332.024 Doy

A practical and easy-to-understand system for getting organized, analyzing your financial profile, getting educated about investing, and putting your money to work.

Mindful Money: Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend

Jonathan K. DeYoe
Adult Nonfiction – 332.024 Dey

Describes how to create a unique financial plan, guided by your deepest beliefs, in order to save, invest, pay off debt, fund retirement, and build a lifetime income stream.

The Truth About Your Future: The Money Guide You Need Now, Later, and Much Later

Ric Edelman
Adult Nonfiction – 332.024 Ede

Upends traditional financial planning, showing that different financial plans are needed at different stages of life.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook

Tony Robbins
Adult Nonfiction – 332.024 Rob

Guides you down the path to financial freedom, discussing how to get wealthier from fluctuations in the stock market, get more out of a 401(k), and avoid paying hidden fees.

What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You: The 10 Essential Truths You Need to Know about Your Money

Liz Davidson
Adult Nonfiction – 332.024 Dav

Translates financial jargon and enables you to ask the tough questions to protect your money and financial well-being.

Paying for College

Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck

Robert Franek
Adult Nonfiction – 379.1214 Fra

Profiles schools for their financial value—including academics, cost of attendance, financial aid, post-grad salary figures and job satisfaction ratings from alumni.

Getting Financial Aid

The College Board
Adult Nonfiction – 378.3 Get

Offers financial aid opportunities at more than 3,000 two- and four-year colleges, universities and technical schools.

How to Get Money for College

Peterson’s Publishing
Adult Nonfiction – 378.3 Pet

Points students to information on financial aid, loans, work-study, athletic awards and more.

Retirement Planning

How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide

Jane Bryant Quinn
Adult Nonfiction – 332.024014 Qui

Learn how to squeeze higher payments from financial assets, invest for growth, and turn retirement savings into a steady paycheck that will last for life.

Pensionless: The 10-Step Solution for a Stress-Free Retirement

Emily Brandon
Adult Nonfiction – 332.024014 Bra

Addresses retirement benefits available to those without a pension plan, how to use them correctly, and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

Retire Inspired: It's Not an Age, It's a Financial Number

Chris Hogan
Adult Nonfiction – 332.024014 Hog

Educates you on making investment decisions, setting reasonable expectations, and assembling a team of experts who can help you.

Social Security, Medicare and Government Pensions: Get the Most Out of Your Retirement and Medical Benefits

Nolo Press
Adult Nonfiction – 344.023 Mat

Outlines Medicare coverage, Social Security, medigap insurance, disability benefits, and veterans’ benefits, all in easy-to-understand terms.