Get Job Search Help at Your Public Library

Get Job Search Help at Your Public Library

The library might not be the first place you think of going for help when you’re starting a job search, but it’s a good place to get personal assistance and access resources that will help your job hunt go smoothly.

Public libraries offer many resources for job seekers. Libraries are an excellent (and free) resource for unemployed workers, job seekers, and career changers, especially for those who can use personal assistance. If you don’t have your own resources, such as a laptop, printer, or internet access, you can use the library’s systems to work on your job search materials.

How the Library Can Help Your Job Search

Visit the library’s website to learn what’s available. You’ll find information on library resources, programs, classes, workshops, tools, and events that can help you with your job search.

Some libraries provide access to databases you can use to research companies and employers. 

Many public libraries offer free computer courses, including classes on how to use your computer, software classes, basic computer skills, email, and other computer classes. Your library may also offer free access to LinkedIn Learning.

At some libraries, you’ll also find career-related classes that will help you write a resume and cover letter, effectively search for and apply for jobs, gain interview skills, and learn how to use career networking to get hired.

Computers and Internet Access

 Most libraries have computers available to use either at the library to borrow. Some library systems allow patrons to borrow a Chromebook and internet hotspot. Here’s a list of participating libraries. If yours isn’t on the list, check with them directly for availability.

  • Use the library computers to find job listings, research prospective employers, and practice interviewing.
  • You can use library computers to check and send email (get a free Gmail email account), write resumes and letters, and apply for jobs (save a copy of your resume and cover letters online using Google Docs).
  • Many libraries have printers you can use to print copies of your resume and other job search materials.
  • Libraries also offer free internet that you can connect to with your laptop, tablet, or phone.


Tip: Use Google’s free tools to assist with your job search. You’ll be able to do just about everything you need to find a new job for free.

Career Coaching and Job Search Assistance

Some libraries, especially larger ones, offer free career coaching services. For example, the New York Public Library offers free support (virtual and in-person), including career coaching, resume and cover letter writing, job application help, assistance with applying for unemployment, interview preparation, and career development events.

Sign Up for Job Search Workshops

Job search workshops provide personal assistance with your job search, including job searching, finding employers, resume writing, cover letter writing, the best way to apply for jobs, interviewing, and how to network taught by career professionals.

Check on Job Clubs

Job clubs provide job search help, support, and advice from professional coaches or counselors, and other  job seekers. Check to see if your library offers a job club moderated by a career expert or an informal job club you can join. 

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  • March 27, 2023