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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Searching for a job can be challenging at any time but now this process can seem even more daunting. The staff of the Ottawa Public Library have brought together this collection of resources to help with your search. There are a variety of government and non-profit agencies that are working to get Canadians back to work as quickly as possible.

Ottawa Public Library: Jobs and Careers Resources

The Ottawa Public Library has resources, job searching guides and online programs to support you with your career goals during this time of uncertainty.

City of Ottawa: Employment Resources

The City of Ottawa provides a list of local resources available for those who are searching for employment and financial assistance.

St. Lawrence College: Employment Service

Use St. Lawrence College’s employment services and job board to assist you in finding and getting your next job. Access their industry-leading job board and find a job in your field from real, local employers. Get in-person assistance and employment help at their resource centres. Or use their online employment tools to improve all aspects of your job search, from resume building to interview preparation and career assessments.

Community Employment Resource Centre

The Community Employment Resource Centre provides the guidance, support and connections that you need to succeed. They offer a range of free services and resources to help you find the right job or training. Learn about industry opportunities or sharpen your skills to find the right job. Events and workshops are designed to help you succeed.

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

Let the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre help you find the support you're looking for. Simply check all boxes that apply. They'll show you which programs, workshops, services and opportunities will offer you the best support.

YMCA-YWCA: Employment Services

Receive personalized help with your resume, learn effective job searching techniques, and review potential job-matching opportunities. You can even explore subsidized placements or apprenticeship options. They also provide webinar workshops, interview aids, access to technology and more. YMCA services are open to all.

Vanier Community Service Centre: Employment Services

The Vanier Community Service Centre is a francophone organization offering a range of services in French and English to improve the quality of life for citizens of Ottawa. During the pandemic the centre continues to offer employment services and support both by phone and email. They continue to post job opportunities and offer online workshops.

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Employment Services

The YSB serves youth between the ages of 15 and 29. They offer Employment Ontario Programs like Second Career, Job Creation Partnership, Youth Job Connection and more. Services are available online and in person through an application form. 

Operation Come Home: Youth Employment Works (YEW)

The Youth Employment Works (YEW) program is a 16- week supported employment program which assists vulnerable youth between the ages of 16-29 to prepare, find and retain meaningful employment. Youth that participate in the YEW supported employment program are those that may not have completed high school, have a disability, suffer from mental health/substance use challenges, or other challenges that come with being a New Canadian, a single parent, or a visible minority.

Causeway: Causeway’s Avenues to Employment

Causeway is a not-for-profit agency in Ottawa. They help people with mental illness and other challenges find meaningful, rewarding work and live more independently. Causeway calls their employment programs “Avenues” because every program takes you on a potentially life-changing journey.

Champlain Local Health Integration Network

Unemployed or underemployed people with disabilities can get help through drop-in resource centres, job-search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information about the labour market, grants, funding, apprenticeships, and other opportunities for ongoing support.

Government of Ontario: Jobs and Employment

The Government of Ontario has a resource to support and connect job seekers and employers. There are work opportunities in essential jobs across Ontario. Access information about vital sectors such as agriculture, agri-food, food industry, and frontline health care. On this site, you can search for jobs or post a job that is available in Ontario. Information is provided about apprenticeship and training opportunities.

Ontario Employment: Employment Resource Centre 

The Employment Resource Centre (ERC) is a not-for-profit community-based organization that provides high-quality employment services to the Ottawa and Russell county communities. ERC is a service of La Cité and is funded by the Government of Ontario. They work to connect employers with job seekers. They provide specific information for people seeking work during the pandemic.

Government of Ontario: Infectious disease emergency leave

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government made a regulation that changed certain Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) rules during the COVID-19 period. Employees have the right to take unpaid, job-protected infectious disease emergency leave if they are not performing the duties of their position because of specified reasons related to a designated infectious disease. 

Government of Canada: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Find supports like the Employment Insurance program (EI), the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and other supports. Open to individuals of all backgrounds, self-employed individuals, businesses, sectors and organizations. 

Government of Canada: Job Bank

The Job Bank is Canada’s national employment service, helping Canadians find work and plan their careers. The Government of Canada also makes it easier for employers to recruit and hire across the country through the Job Bank. This program is provided in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments. They have brought together job and career options available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online resources

  • Homepage for Worxica
    Worxica, a curated job vacancy archive, is Canada's first free big data job market research tool. It's built specifically for job seekers and recruiters. The tools is a curated, online archive of two million Canadian job vacancies advertised over the...
  • LinkedIn Learning Banner
    LinkedIn Learning for Library is an upgrade to the previous Lynda Library product, providing continued lifelong learning opportunities for all.
    LinkedIn Learning mobile app is now available
    Please activate/access LinkedIn Learning via the desktop first, then move to the mobile app for an easier sign in experience on mobile.
    Downloaded the free LinkedIn Learning mobile app, click Sign in with your library card, enter “LibraryID” as “ottawa”
    Click Continue, and from there enter your library card # and PIN.
    A customer will not get a certificate in their name, the customer will see completions in their history but won’t get a copy with their name.
    The library version of LinkedIn Learning can’t connect with customer’s personal LinkedIn account.
  • Homepage for Toutapprendre
    Free and unlimited online courses in French. Learn languages, sewing, singing, coding for kids, and more!

Resource List

E-book Employment Resourcesby SueTLibrary

A collection of e-book resources available to help you find new employment. Help with career choices and development, job interviews and resumes