Because of customer feedback, there is a slight change in the hours during which the ORL provides Wi-Fi access.
The ORL will now be providing free Wi-Fi access beginning at 6:30 AM and ending at 9:30 PM, each day. (Previously, it had been provided from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM).
If you have any questions or concerns about the change in hours, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.
Do you enjoy eMagazines from Zinio for Libraries, or eAudiobooks from OneClickdigital? Then be on the look out for some enhancements coming on June 27!
These collections are getting a bit of a makeover with new names, updated websites, and a new app!
Other than that, you can expect the same great collections and there will be no major changes for the way you checkout and enjoy these eMagazines and eAudiobooks.
Your username and password used to log in to these two collections will remain the same, and you will be able to enjoy the same great digital books or magazines as you did before.
As a part of the update, there will be downtime for these two collections beginning at 5:00 PM on Monday, June 26, and lasting until the morning of Tuesday, June 27 (approximately 14 hours).
The name of Zinio for Libraries is changing to RBdigital Magazines.
The name of OneClickdigital is changing to RBdigital, and its website will be updated.
A new RBdigital mobile app will be launched that combines these two collections.
One of the biggest updates you can expect is the launch of the new RBdigital App.
In the new app, you can…
Once the new RBdigital App is available at your app store, you will see a message on your Zinio for Libraries App prompting you to download the new RBdigital App.
Not quite ready to make the switch? Don’t worry! The Zinio for Libraries App will remain active for a few months; however, keep in mind that it will no longer be supported and it will eventually be discontinued.
The new RBdigital App replaces the current OneClickdigital App through an update. Once the new RBdigital App is available at your app store, you will receive a notification on your OneClickdigital App to update it to the RBdigital App.
It was imperative to the staff of the ORL to have the Library open as soon as possible. It took a lot of hard work and dedication from the staff, suppliers and contractors to be able to open the doors on June 20th, almost a week ahead of schedule. Although not all furniture and supplies have arrived, ORL felt it was vital that we start serving the community as soon as possible. Since the incident that forced the Library to close, Peachland residents and the community have expressed their need for the branch to re-open.
Thank you to all who submitted comments, send us your feedback and kind thoughts. We are excited to have our doors open again and to welcome you and your family in our newly renovated Peachland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.
The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is YOUR library – your most green, relevant, and economic resource for information and entertainment. Established in 1936, the ORL serves over 350,000 people across an area covering 59,600 square kilometres through 29 branches and online. Each year, we circulate more than 3 million items and get over 1 million hits on www.orl.bc.ca
In order to serve you better, the Sicamous Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will be making a slight change to its open hours. Beginning Friday, June 2, the NEW hours are:
Tuesdays: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesdays: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fridays: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Peachland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is currently temporarily closed for repairs. Due to a recent incident involving a car, the building sustained a significant amount of external and internal damage. We are working closely with the building owner to ensure that we have the library up and running as quickly as possible. We are also taking steps to have the areas of the Library that have been minimally affected by the incident open before completion of the renovations.
During the temporary closure of the Peachland Library, patrons are welcome to make full use of the Westbank or the Summerland branches or any other branch that is convenient for them. Patrons may return, reserve, and pick up items at those or any other ORL location. We also encourage people to utilize our online resources through the e-library at orl.bc.ca that feature electronic versions of books, magazines, newspapers as well as movie streaming and educational services.
We understand that it may be inconvenient for people to travel to other branches. Peachland residents do not need to worry about returning items that may be overdue; late charges will not be applied.
The Library staff are very grateful for everyone's patience, understanding & support. We received an overwhelming amount of support from the community, and we look forward to re-opening the branch for all to enjoy. If you would like to receive updates via email, please sign up for ORL Peachland Library Update Newsletter here: eepurl.com/cMYRu9
Feel free to contact the ORL with questions or concerns:
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The RDOS announced earlier this month that they would provide supplementary funding in the amount of $16,311. This funding comes from Areas B, G, and the Village of Keremeos, who are each contributing a proportional amount based on their population. This funding is much appreciated and will help to keep the library’s doors open five days a week. Local government has many priorities seeking tax dollars, and we want to recognize all three jurisdictions for their decision to contribute to learning and literacy in the Keremeos, Cawston, and Olalla areas.
However, it’s important to clarify that, as the funding is reduced by roughly $9,000, it will have an impact on staff. The ORL presented three funding options at a public council meeting in 2015, and the option to provide funding at the $16,000 level incorporated a reduction in staffing. Average staffing over the year will be reduced from 60.5 staff hours per week to 53.5 hours per week. The impact of this will be felt in a few ways – staff will be very busy coping with an already full workload, and there will be less capacity for some partnerships, programs, and outreach.
The decision to place the priority on open hours was based on public feedback received at a large public meeting convened in 2015, and via email and survey feedback. The ORL heard from many passionate library supporters that hours of opening were critical. One item to note is that the supplementary funding provided by the RDOS is for 2017 only. If no additional funding from provincial or local government sources can be found for 2018, staffing levels would be reduced further, and open hours would drop to 20 per week.
The library will be looking at ways to support the Keremeos staff through this transition, and will be providing some additional staffing in the busy summer season. Any questions about staffing and services should be directed to ORL’s CEO, Stephanie Hall, who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. CEO Stephanie Hall will host an information session in the branch later in May, and the date will be publicized in the branch, online and in the paper. Questions on funding should be directed to the RDOS.
The Summerland library branch will closed on Saturday, March 4, due to the District of Summerland’s planned water shutoff. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, March 7.
To accommodate for the closure:
Thank you for your patience during this temporary disruption of service.
In 2015 the ORL conducted a community meeting to discuss library service in Silver Creek. A key recommendation from that meeting was that a survey should be done with the goal to learn about how people in Silver Creek and surrounding areas are using their local branches and which services they find most important.
This survey is available by clicking this link: http://www.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/orl/silver-creek .
Paper copies are also available at the Silver Creek library branch at 921 Salmon River Road.
The survey will be open until February 28.
Update for January 31:
The Oliver library branch remains open with regular hours to allow patrons to pick up holds, return borrowed items, renew items, and pay late fees.
There are no programs for the week.
There is an expanded seating area with newspapers/magazines available, and complete access to the children’s area.
Three internet computers are available:
Oliver Library staff thank you for your continued patience.
Damage from a roof leak is impacting our service to you. The Oliver library branch is open during its regular hours, but with limited service because there is no access to the main part of the library.
Public are invited to pick up holds, renew or return items, and borrow from a small selection of books and other items.
We hope to have two 15 minute public internet stations (one with a printer) available on Tuesday, January 31.
We expect that access to our full library collection and services will return to normal on Tuesday, February 7.
We apologize any inconveniences caused during the time.
To get an idea of the recovery the library branch is facing, please view the images below:
The Oliver library branch is closed January 20 due to flooding.
The library branch will re-open with regular hours beginning January 21 to allow patrons to pick up holds and to return borrowed items. Full services and access to the main part of the library will not be available for patrons.
A date for when the library branch will re-opened with full access and services is to be determined.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Our Kelowna library branch has re-opened.
We’ve been busy at our downtown Kelowna library branch this winter as we continue with our Re-VITAL-ization, and thank all of our patrons for their patience as we work on improvements for your library.
More changes are coming, but we now have new flooring, new locations for our service desks, and we’ve renovated the second floor reference area. Our friends at the UBC Innovation Library have relocated, as have our public internet stations.
In the coming weeks, we’ll finish connections to the Okanagan Centre for Innovation, a new tots washroom, two new bookable group study rooms and two new bookable classrooms, and a nice new reading lounge.
These renovations are scheduled for completion in February, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our revitalized library.
All ORL branches are closed beginning Friday, December 23 and resuming normal operating hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Loan periods have been changed so no materials are due over the closure and book bins are closed. Find out more.
Though library branches may be closed over the holidays, our online library is always open!
Stay cozy and warm inside while delighting in free movies, magazines, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more – all available through your library website with library membership.
ORL eBooks is the ORL’s largest collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks. With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, this collection will have something for everyone. You can enjoy best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/orl-ebooks.
The TumbleBook Library for Kids features animated, talking picture books as well as puzzles and games, based on books in the collection.
TumbleBookCloud is great for tweens and teens. A part from a eBooks, the collection includes graphic novels, quite a few books found on High School Language Arts curriculum, and eAudiobooks.
With these two collections, there are no downloads or waitlists and the book plays right in the browser of your computer or your tablet.
Find these and other digital book collections for kids at http://www.orl.bc.ca/kids-teens/kids/digital-books-and-more.
The OneClickdigital Collection features thousands of eAudiobooks (and a small selection of Classic eBooks). It is a great way to find books to listen to while you are travelling to see family or knitting at home – hopefully by a nice fireplace. Most of the eAudiobooks are always available to borrow. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/oneclickdigital.
Use the holidays to learn a new language through Rosetta Stone. You will receive fifty hours of instruction for each of the thirty languages offered. Learn Spanish, German, Korean, Arabic, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and more. You can enjoy Rosetta Stone on your computer, or you can enjoy it on your smartphone or tablet using the Rosetta Stone mobile app. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/rosetta-stone.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to improve your photography skills, learn how to design a logo, or develop business and marketing skills? You can watch video tutorials on these topics, and so much more, for free with your library card, through Lynda.com. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/lynda.
InstantFlix gives ORL customers unlimited access to over 7,000 film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, as well as and shorts and documentaries from around the world. There is no software or apps to download! The movies play directly on your browser through the internet. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/emovies.
Want to catch up with the latest in politics, business, and celebrity gossip? Or get new crafting, hobby, or holiday entertainment ideas? Check out Zinio for Libraries. This collection offers ORL customers access to hundreds of popular magazines! Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/zinio.
Keep up with news from Canada and all over the world, with PressReader, the world’s largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk. ORL members have free access to full content digital replicas of more than 4,000 publications including, such as the Globe and Mail, the Washington Post, and The Guardian. Learn how to get started at http://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/pressreader.
This is just a taste of the digital resources the library has to offer. Discover all of the ORL's digital resources.
Enjoy your holidays – we can’t wait to see you when the library system re-opens on January 3.
In 2015 the ORL conducted a community meeting to discuss library service in Silver Creek. A key recommendation from that meeting was that a survey should be done with the goal to learn about how people in Silver Creek and surrounding areas are using their local branches and which services they find most important. This survey is now open online and available by clicking this link: http://www.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/orl/silver-creek.
Paper copies are also available at the Silver Creek library branch at 921 Salmon River Road and at the Salmon Arm branch in Piccadilly Mall. The survey will be open until January 15.
Interior revitalization of the downtown Kelowna Library at 1380 Ellis Street has begun! The next phase involves a a month-long closure beginning December 18 to complete major renovations including new flooring, connections to the Okanagan Centre for Innovation, a more inviting entry way, new self-service pickup of holds, a service desk re-location, and the creation of the Great Room event and programming space on the second floor.
This is Phase 1 of a multi-million dollar project designed to innovate the 20-year-old library branch into a community hub with more reading, working, creating and meeting space and access to new technologies. The plans for this revitalization were designed with community input, and align with the Okanagan Regional Library’s strategic goals to advance learning and creativity at inviting public spaces. The complete renovation is expected to take over a year and will require investment from local citizens and business. A one-month-long closure is necessary in order to complete Phase 1 changes as quickly as possible.
Have you got some borrowed items? As of Sunday November 27 due dates were adjusted so nothing will come due during this closure with the exception of Items that have a six-week loan period that have missed the deadline for a change. Borrowers won't accrue fines because of the closure. You've still got until December 17 to visit and enjoy and to stock up on material to get you through until we reveal your revitalized library early in the new year! Note that book bins will be closed. Members are also always welcome to use other nearby ORL locations in Rutland, Mission, Lake Country, and Westbank.
The Kelowna Branch is slated to re-open to the public on Monday, January 16, 2017 and special opening day festivities are in the works. Progress updates will be posted on our website and on the ORL’s social media channels.
The new look for the ORL eBooks website is now live! Check it out at https://orl.overdrive.com and discover the thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be borrowed and enjoyed.
Find out more about borrowing digital books from the ORL eBooks collection.
Updated November 15
On November 14, the ORL eBooks website will getting a new look!
While there will be no changes to the way you borrow and download eBooks and eAudiobooks, here are some new features you can expect to see:
You can find out more about the features coming with new look for the ORL eBooks website on the OverDrive Help website by clicking here.
If you want to have a sneak peek of the site before November 14, check it out here.
Congratulations to Tango Project Management (general contractor), Urban Arts Architecture (architect/designer), and the ORL Board and staff - the ORL’s Summerland Branch was honoured with the Runner-Up Award of Merit in the Community Institutional category at the Southern Interior Construction Association’s Awards night last week! Accepting the award are (left to right): Presenter Robin Smith – RBC, Catherine Lord – ORL Board Chair, Sue Kline – Summerland Branch Community Librarian, Don Nettleton – ORL Finance Manager, Peter Waterman – Summerland Mayor. Photo credit: Ethan Delichte at Prime Light Media.
The newly constructed Summerland Branch opened its doors on October 2, 2015 and has had a tremendous community impact over the past year.