Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6


Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Job Searching Guide

Searching for a job is a full-time job! 

However, many jobs are never advertised.  Statistics vary, but they agree that a large percentage of jobs are found through in-person networking and referrals.  As well, recruiters use social media to search and find potential candidates.   

Gathered below are resources, online and in the Ottawa Public Library collection, to help you understand how to search for a job, and how to prepare yourself. 

Move your job searching beyond a response to job listings to a pro-active search for contacts. 

Explore lists of job searching resources, including books and websites on many topics to help job seekers.   The book titles can be placed on hold with an Ottawa Public Library card and PIN.

Career Planning and Job Searching

  • Job Search Tips
  • Resume, Cover Letter, Job Search Help Assistance
  • Interviewing Skills and Preparation
  • Upgrading Skills

Pro-active Job Searching

  • Directories
  • Government Jobs
  • Researching News on Companies
  • Labour Market Information
  • Temporary Job Agencies, Private Recruitment Agencies
  • Volunteering