A new Job Help Center at the Reynoldsburg library offers high-tech resources for those who need help searching for a job.

A new Job Help Center at the Reynoldsburg library offers high-tech resources for those who need help searching for a job.

With the recent high number of unemployment filings in the state, resources needed to look for a job might not be available for some people, said Columbus Metropolitan Library spokesperson Kim Snell.

The Job Help Center that opened Jan. 21 was created by the Columbus Metropolitan Library as a way to assist those who need up-to-date resources to find employment. The center is free to use and is equipped with Internet-ready computers and reference materials.

Reynoldsburg library assistant manager Tony Howard said the job help center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday only.

Since it opened on Jan. 21, he said the center has been used by an average of three to five people per hour.

He said library reference coordinator Paul Marshall and volunteers are prepared to offer one-on-one help with application processes. In addition, Howard said classes are being scheduled on how to build a resume, basic e-mail training, online job applications, job searching, basic computer training and Internet searching.

Snell said the Columbus Metropolitan Library system began offering job-help classes at the main branch downtown about a year ago. The response was huge, she said.

She said more than 700 people took advantage of the classes and as a result, library officials decided to offer the program in all 21 branch locations.

The center in the Reynoldsburg library houses 10 computers which were put in place when the Homework Help Center opened in 2007. The Homework Help Center is available for school children to use from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

"We figured a great way to use that space when it's not being used as a Homework Help Center is to use it for the Job Help Center," Snell said.

CML executive director Patrick Losinski said, "We all need to get involved to get our economy back on track and that is what the Columbus Metropolitan Library has decided to do.

"We also know we can't do it alone," he said.

He said community organizations and other employment experts will be using the space for special training events.

"People of Columbus and in our surrounding communities need help getting back on track and getting back in the work force, and the Job Help Center is our way of helping others," Snell said.

Those who would like to volunteer to help in the library should call (614) 849-1055. More information is available by calling (614) 645-2275 or online at www.columbuslibrary.org/jobhelp.