The ORL would like to know learn about what collections and resources you like using in the eLibrary and to hear what you would like to see the ORL offer.
Please helps us out by taking this short, 3-minute survey.
Go to the survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/orl/online-resources-customer-survey.
The survey opens November 20 and closes December 1.
Your feedback will help the ORL to get a better idea of the direction to take its eLibrary.
Thank you for participating! The ORL appreciates all of your suggestions and responses to the survey; however, the library will not be able to act on every suggestion due to budget constraints and the costs of services.
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:
Marketing & Communications Manager
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 email@example.com. 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.