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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Pro-Active Job Searching


Directories are a good tool for reaching the hidden job market by finding contacts. 

  • Hidden Job Market: Directories is a Library list that links you to websites, print books such as a directory of Canadian Associations. The list includes the comprehensive business directory Reference Canada. Log in to the OPL website with your Library card and PIN, search Reference Canada, and download company lists with contact names. 

Government Jobs

In addition to checking listings of job opportunities at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, explore government employee directories and government department websites, and make contacts.

  • Finding Government Jobs is a Library list that links to government job listing websites, plus government employee directories and preparation for Federal Public Service Exams.

Researching News Coverage on Companies

Additional to Internet searching for coverage on the companies you are applying to, check out Canadian Newsstand’s full access to the content of newspapers.  Log in to the OPL website with your Library card and PIN.

Content is updated daily for major national and regional Canadian newspapers, providing full access to the articles, columns, editorials, and features.  Among the titles are The Globe and Mail, National Post, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, Regina Leader Post, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun and the Victoria Times Colonist. 

Labour Market Information (LMI)

LMI can provide you with an idea of emerging occupations, trends for current occupations and sectors, and other information that can guide your job search and education decisions.

Offers industry spotlights for Ottawa, including Ottawa This Quarter, an infographic of the employment pool and where people work. Explore the tutorial for job seekers on how to use Labour Market Information (LMI).

Temporary Job Agencies, Private Recruitment Agencies

A temporary job can mean a “foot-in-the-door” or lead to a useful contact or referral. 

Many agencies specialize in certain areas of recruitment. 


Volunteering is an important job search tool.  Here are some of the advantages of volunteering:

  • Can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field.
  • Might lead to a referral for a job opportunity.
  • Gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace.
  • Is also a great way to gain experience in a new field.
  • Might expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to your career.
  • Allows you to develop valuable skills to add to your resume. May provide training.

Explore and pursue volunteer opportunities:

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