Financial Literacy


Financial literacy is the ability to understand basic financial tools and processes. People want to make good financial decisions that set them up for success both today and in the future, but not everyone knows the questions to ask, the information to gather, or the long-term effects of these decisions.

In order to facilitate your journey to financial literacy, the Marlborough Public Library is holding a series of classes on topics including budgeting, saving for college, understanding your credit score, and more. Financial literacy classes for people of all ages can be found on our Library Calendar. Select “Financial Literacy” from the “all events” dropdown to see upcoming events.

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Financial Literacy Books

The following are a few examples of financial literacy books that are available at the Marlborough Public Library.

Book"You need a budget: the proven system for breaking the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, getting out of debt, and living the life you want" by Jesse Mecham: A guide based on the tenets of the “You Need a Budget” financial platform argues that a well-planned budget can help to prioritize financial goals, reduce stress through strategic cash flow allocations, and meet the challenges of unplanned expenses. (332.024 Mec)

Book"Your money or your life: 9 steps to transforming your relationship with money and achieving financial independence" by Vicki Robin: For more than twenty-five years, Your Money or Your Life has been considered the go-to book for taking back your life by changing your relationship with money. Hundreds of thousands of people have followed this nine-step program, learning to live more deliberately and meaningfully with Vicki Robin?s guidance. This fully revised and updated edition with a foreword by “the Frugal Guru” (New Yorker) Mr. Money Mustache is the ultimate makeover of this bestselling classic, ensuring that its time-tested wisdom applies to people of all ages and covers modern topics like investing in index funds, managing revenue streams like side hustles and freelancing, tracking your finances online, and having difficult conversations about money. (332.024 Rob)

Book"Kill your mortgage and sort your retirement: the go to guide for getting ahead" by Hannah McQueen: Hannah McQueen shares her expertise so you can take control of your finances, save hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest costs, and sort your retirement – once and for all. This is a must-have guide for those who want to get ahead now. Her unique approach to managing your money emphasises your psychology of spending and the role money plays in your relationships. Hannah does not shy away from the obstacles we all face in getting ahead, instead she offers clever tips on how cutting day-to-day costs will enable you to build a cash surplus so you have extra money for mortgage repayments. Her simple framework to calculate your retirement costs and practical solutions to sort retirement are a relief. Imagine if you could pay off your mortgage in ten years instead of 25, while still having a life! It’s not too late for anyone – Hannah will set you on the right track. (332.024 McQ)

Book"Invested: how Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger taught me to master my mind, my emotions, and my money (with a little help from my dad)" by Danielle Town: In each chapter, Danielle Town examines the investment strategies she mastered as her increasing know-how deepens. Throughout, she streamlines the process of making wise financial decisions and shows you just how easy – and profitable – investing can be. This book makes the complex world of investing simple, straightforward, and approachable, and will help you formulate your own investment plan – and foster the confidence to put it into action. (332.6 Tow)

Browsing our Catalog

For more titles on financial literacy, select the following terms/phrases to search the library’s online catalog by subject:

Online Library Resources


The Marlborough Public Library has access to a wide variety of ebooks related to financial literacy. To access these items, select the term/phrase to search the library’s online catalog by subject. When you have found an ebook that you would like to borrow, click “C/W MARS patrons click here to download this title (login required)”. You can then sign in to Overdrive using your library card number and pin.

You can also access Financial Literacy books online. You will need to sign in with your library card.


These research databases provide a wealth of information about economics, insurance, mortgage banking, investing, and small business finance.

Business Economics & Theory Collection: With a strong emphasis on titles covered in the EconLit database, this collection provides academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics. Perfect for business classes, users will find more than 150 full-text journals to support their research.

Insurance & Liability Collection: This collection, comprised of nearly 40 journals, takes a broad view of the insurance and liability industry, covering such topics as labor relations, mortgage banking, legal issues, and more.

Morningstar: Provides data and analyst reports on over 24,800 mutual funds, 14,500 stocks, and 1,500 exchange-traded funds. The analyst reports provide in-depth background on top investments. Note: enter the same password that you use to login to your library account.

Small Business Collection: Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories. Users will find 250 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals, complemented by 6 eBook titles.

Other Resources

LogoAmerican Consumer Credit Counseling: American Consumer Credit Counseling is a nonprofit credit counseling agency that helps consumers take control of their financial lives through credit counseling, debt consolidation, and financial education. Since 1991, they have been improving lives and providing solutions to people in need of financial help. Call to speak with a certified credit counselor and receive a complimentary budget and debt consultation. To learn how to change your financial life, call 1-800-769-3571.

LogoConsumer Financial Protection Bureau: We aim to make consumer financial markets work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole. We protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices and take action against companies that break the law. We arm people with the information, steps, and tools that they need to make smart financial decisions.

LogoFinancial Industry Regulatory Authority: Every investor in America relies on one thing: fair financial markets. That is why FINRA works every day to ensure that: Every investor receives the basic protections they deserve; Anyone who sells a securities product has been tested, qualified and licensed; Every securities product advertisement used is truthful, and not misleading; Any securities product sold to an investor is suitable for that investor’s needs; Investors receive complete disclosure about the investment product before purchase.

LogoHowMuch: Understanding money should be easy! provides visualizations about money as well as in-depth cost guides and tools.