Phoenix library offers visitors new service

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PHOENIX -- A library in south Phoenix is open again after being closed for nine months for renovations. Along with being able to borrow books, music and movies, this library now offers a new service to its visitors.

The Workplace Literary Center is a room that's been added on to the Ocotillo Library at 1st Avenue and Southern. It's main purpose is to assist Phoenix residents in their quest for new jobs.

Maria Dominguez is a librarian at the Ocotillo branch.  She said often times folks don't have access to computers and Internet and other necessary resources needed when looking for and applying to jobs.

That's where the Workplace Literary Center comes into play. Domginguez said folks can come to the center and get help with looking for jobs on the Internet, writing resumes and and applying for jobs online.  

She said the center also offers workshops that allow people to practice their interviewing skills.

The library's renovations cost about $1.6 million. The money came from a Community Development Block Grant stimulus award given to Phoenix in 2008.

The center has already had over 100 people use its services and has already helped place five people in new jobs.

For more information, visit the city of Phoenix library website at