Frequently Asked Questions

What positions are available at SPL?

Organize, sort and shelve library materials. This work is physically demanding and repetitive. Successful completion of Grade 9 required.

Casual Library Assistants
Perform public service work on an on-call basis throughout the SPL system. Recognized University Degree or Library Technician Diploma (2 year) required.

Public Service Clerk
Perform clerical, customer service and circulation duties. Successful completion of Grade 12 and a keyboarding speed of 35 wpm. 

Public Service Assistant
Answer questions, assist with circulation of material and in planning and delivering of library programs. Recognized University Degree with relevant experience or Library Technician Diploma (2 years) required.

Library Assistant
Answer questions; develop, plan and deliver programs; assist with collection development.  Recognized University Degree with relevant experience. 

Plans, develops and evaluates library services and collections. May include supervision of staff. Master's Degree from an accredited library school is required. 

Specialized Areas
Areas such as Information Technology, Marketing & Communications, Human Resources, Administration & Finance.

Can I submit my application to any SPL branch in Saskatoon?

No. We only accept online applications.

What if I don’t apply online?

We only accept online applications.

If I don’t have a computer, how do I apply?

SPL has public computers that you can reserve. Book a computer now.

Can I call to follow up on my application once I’ve applied?

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to respond to individual inquiries regarding the status of your application. While we sincerely appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation on the web page that your submission was received. Please print and retain confirmation for your records.

What if I don’t see a message saying my application was successfully submitted?

When you have submitted your application, you will see a message saying it has been successfully submitted. Print this for your records. If you do not see this, or you see an "Error" message instead, you will have to retry submitting your application.

When do you post for Casual Library Assistants?

We post for Casual Library Assistants when there is a need. Please watch our Current Job Opportunities on a regular basis.

Can I apply for a competition after the deadline?

We are unable to accept late applications.

Does SPL strive for a Representative Workforce?

Yes. SPL is intent on a workforce that mirrors the community we serve. Our online application form has a voluntary survey that collects information to assist us in creating a representative workforce. The survey focuses on the four equity groups as determined by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. We strongly encourage you to complete the survey if you are:

  • a woman interested in a non-traditional occupation;
  • a person of aboriginal ancestry;
  • a member of a visible minority; and/or
  • a person with a disability

Does SPL consider education completed outside Canada (international education)?

Yes. SPL recognizes international education that has been formally assessed by the Government of Alberta’s International Qualification Assessment Service (IQAS) for equivalencies.

If I’m 14 or 15, can I work for SPL?

If you have successfully completed Grade 9 and are a 14 or 15 year old, you can apply to work at the SPL as a Page if you provide: 

There are restrictions around hours of work for 14 and 15 year olds. 

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is required before you start working. Contact Service Canada for information on SIN cards. 

What does it mean when it says “Internal” on the posting?

This means the posting is only open to employees of the SPL. Applications from members of the general public will not be considered.

If the posting doesn’t say “Internal” can SPL employees apply?

Yes for postings that don't say "Internal," SPL employees and the general public may apply. For unionized positions, the provisions of our Collective Agreement will be followed.