The library owns several books that explain the fundamental information that a new investor should understand, as well as the intricacies of specific investment tools. The Standard & Poor's Guide for the New Investor and The Wall Street Primer are two places to begin. You can find additional books in the library catalog. If you want to learn the basics online, many stock or investment-oriented sites provide guides for the new investor. The level of previous knowledge assumed differs across services. Sites like and Investopedia provide some of the most basic and comprehensive guides to investing.