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Jobs at Ottawa Public Library

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We're Hiring!

Do you love books, learning and sharing information? Love helping people? You have come to the right place! OPL loves to meet applicants with alternate educational credentials, like a university degree, for jobs where a college diploma is the stated requirement.

Why Join Us?

We inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people.

  • Inclusion

    Our workplace is welcoming and open to all, and is committed to providing access to spaces, collections, programs, resources, and expertise.

  • Integrity

    Our team embodies the principles of public stewardship, transparency, and accountability in our operations and interactions.

  • Intellectual Freedom

    Our librarians defend the free and open exchange of lawful information and ideas in a democratic society, respecting individual’s rights to privacy and choice.

  • Literacy

    We cultivate the joys of reading, learning, discovering, and creating.

Jobs at OPL

We build community and transform lives.

I love working at OPL because I feel like I make a positive contribution to the community. It warms my heart to see items I have selected for the library checked out and I imagine customers enjoying them. My own life is also immeasurably enriched with stories through the materials we purchase, as well as wonderful programming.

Zoe P. - Librarian

I more than like working at Ottawa Public Library; I love it! Working here has been so good for my heart. When I'm connecting with our customers, it shows me how boundless empathy can be, and that's the optimistic outlook on which I want to view the world. Working here also gives me a sense of purpose. Knowing I'm part of an organization that makes information and other vast resources available for anyone who seeks them is just a great feeling.              

Michele J.  - Customer Service Assistant

I am a Children’s Programs and Public Service Assistant, and I feel so proud and privileged to share my passion for children’s programming in a library setting. I love meeting new people every day and using library resources to meet their individual needs. One of the best parts of my job is the fact that I can help connect people with an awesome new series or piece of media. I love when customers come back to tell me about their newest OPL loan! 

Katherine K. - Children’s Programs and Public Service Assistant 

I have always loved books and reading. Growing up in a war-torn country, I did not have access to this luxury.  After immigrating to Canada, I chose to work at Ottawa Public Library. It is like  compensation for the opportunities I missed growing up. Leaving my extended family behind when I moved to Canada, I found comfort in working at OPL. Since I started, I have met members of the public from my community and have been able to establish a new and larger family for myself.

Pakhshan A. - Public Service Supervisor

I enjoy working for the Ottawa Public Library because it has allowed me to interact and work with great people who are committed to achieving the same goals of making OPL the best experience for its users. The reason why I applied to work at OPL is because I believe in building communities through learning and I enjoy connecting with people. I wanted to be involved with an organization that cares about its employees and empowers them with opportunities to learn and acquire new skill sets. 

Anthony D. - Public Service Assistant

During a typical shift, my work consists of shelving and retrieving items to fill the holds request, processing the holds for customer pickup, keeping the reading floors tidy and displaying new items on shelf, moving the collections according to the layout plan, and providing more general help. We receive new books almost every day and I can’t wait to display them – my favorite moment is to see a display gone to meet its reader. 

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