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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 


    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Career Reboot Group Series


Are you a frustrated job seeker?  Upcoming Career Reboot Group sessions explain how to be proactive in your job search and to learn about those many positions that are never advertised.  Opening this season’s series is a session to get you re-thinking your job search methods.  Other sessions include tips on how to use volunteering, working with recruitment agencies, and networking to your advantage.  Also upcoming are one-on one help sessions on resumes and interviewing, and a hands-on session on getting your profile onto LinkedIn.  

The Career Reboot Group series offers in-depth job search help workshops.  Get great advice from professionals, network with other job seekers, and boost your job searching techniques.  These workshops are hosted by three branches across the city: Emerald Plaza, Beaverbrook and Orleans. 

The Career Reboot Group facilitator maintains an ongoing list of helpful resources, groups, and websites discussed for participants to use.  Registration recommended; drop-ins are welcome.

Upcoming workshops:

Accelerate Your Success in Your Job Search, with Tim Ragan of Career Constructors
Monday, February 11, 6:30-8:00 pm at Beaverbrook. For details and registration.

Working with Recruiting Agencies: The Dos and Don'ts of Working with Search Firms, with Bruce MacEachern of Summit Search Group, a professional employment agency.  
Monday, February 25, 6:30-8:00 pm at Orleans. For details and registration.

Networking for the non-Networker, with Anne Windle, Career Coach
Monday, March 4, 6:30-8:00 pm at Emerald Plaza. For details and registration.

Volunteering as a Stepping Stone to Finding a Job, with Jennifer Imerson of Volunteer Ottawa 
Monday, March 18, 6:30-8:00 at Orleans. For details and registration.

Interview Practice One-on-One, with Community Employment Resource Centre 
Monday, March 25, 6:30-8:00 pm at Beaverbrook. For details and registration.

LinkedIn: Setting up Your Profile, with YMCA Employment Advisors
Monday, April 1, 6:30-8:00 pm at Emerald Plaza.  For details and regbistration.  

Applying for a Job with the City of Ottawa Municipal Government, with Matt Graham, former Hiring Manager at the City of Ottawa
Monday, April 8, 6:30-8:00 pm at Beaverbrook. For details and registration.

Resume Help One-on-One, with Agilec Employment Services
Monday, April 15, 6:30-8:00 pm at Orleans. For details and registration.

Applying for a Public Sector Government Job, with Moyra McWilliam of Starfish Performance Coaching
Monday, April 29, 6:30-8:00 pm at Emerald Plaza. For details and registration.