Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Alta Vista branch: Return to regular hours and service


Alta Vista branch has returned to regular service and hours on October 22, 2021.

Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

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Career Planning and Job Searching

Job Search Tips

Resume and Cover Letter Help, Job Search Assistance


If you want in-person help, make an appointment with one of the Ottawa’s Employment Resource Centres.

Employment resource centres will help you develop your resume and cover letter, and meet with you for employment assistance. Some services address specific populations:

  • Employment Ontario agencies serve Permanent Residents.
  • Newcomers who are not Permanent Residents can use the services of a settlement agency for support in job searches.

Ottawa Public Library branches organize drop-ins provided by some of the Employment Ontario agencies, for job search help. Check the OPL Programs page under the Subject Jobs and Careers for program details.

Resume Writing Resources

Interviewing Skills and Preparation

Preparation and practice for an interview with the help of resources such as these will give you confidence and better chances of a successful interview.

Upgrading Skills

Part of the job search can be preparing yourself with the skills required. These resources offer a chance to learn online. 

Learning Express Library allows you to improve writing, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading comprehension and math skills at the elementary (grade 4), secondary, college and university level. Practice and prepare for exams like the TOEFL, GED, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE and GMAT. This resource also contains tools and resources for career development, including job search and networking, resume writing, cover letters and interview techniques and tips.

LinkedIn Learning is the place to go for learning technology, creative and business skills you can use today. Choose from over 4,000 in-depth video courses from top experts and learn online.

As a community-based organization, Contact North helps underserved Ontarians in 800 small, rural, remote, Indigeneous and Francophone communities get jobs by making it possible for them to access education and training without leaving their communities.  Contact North also provides free access to free online learning through the eChannel Online Literacy and Basic Skills Program funded by Ontario's Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.  This Employment Ontario program provides online courses to adults in Ontario.