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  • This Spring, Lynda.com will be moving to LinkedIn Learning for Libraries!

    by Library Staff | Mar 10, 2021

    A change is coming to Lynda.com (info page), the library’s source for video courses about business, project management, and popular software... 

    On March 24, Lynda will be moving to a new site and changing its name to LinkedIn Learning for Libraries.

    On the new site, you will find all of the great video courses you have come to love and more:

    • There will be over 16,000 videos in the collection - double the amount available in Lynda.
    • Courses will be available in 6 additional languages, including French, Spanish, and Mandarin.

     

    What you can expect

    • Prior to March 24, you may wish to download and save any Certifications of Completion from Lynda as a precaution.
    • On March 24, you will not be able to log in to the ORL's Lynda site while it is moving to LinkedIn Learning for Libraries.
    • After the move is complete, on March 25, you will be able to log in to LinkedIn Learning for Libraries with your library card and PIN code.
    • If you have any learning history from Lynda, you will find it on the new site so you can pick up where you have left off. 

    For full details about the move to LinkedIn Learning for Libraries, go to: https://www.linkedin.com/help/learning/answer/107121

     

  • ORL Board Meeting | Feb 17 | Welcomes & Election

    by ORL News | Feb 17, 2021
    At the February 17 meeting of the Okanagan Regional Library Board of Trustees, the Board welcomed new members of the Board and held elections for the Board Officers positions. 
     
    New trustees joining the ORL board are:

    • Louise Wallace Richmond, Salmon Arm
    • Todd York, Spallumcheen
    • Doug Findlater, West Kelowna
    • Subrina Monteith, OSRD
     
    The Board elected former ORL Vice-Chair and Personnel Committee Chair Sherry Philpott-Adhikary, a councillor in Keremeos, serving her 6th year on the Library Board, as the new Library Board Chair. In addition to her years on the Library Board and Council, she is retired from a career in education. She replaces outgoing Chair Karla Kozakevich, who had completed her 8-year maximum term on the Board. 
     
    The Board also elected additional officers and Committee Chairs as follows:

    • BOARD VICE-CHAIR: Doug Findlater, WestKelowna 
    • FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR: David Mattes, Oliver 
    • POLICY AND PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIR: Loyal Wooldridge, Kelowna 
    • PERSONNEL COMMITTEE CHAIR: Subrina Monteith, RDOS 
    • BCLTA LIAISON: Subrina Monteith, RDOS
     
    The Board received a recommendation to postpone additional work on a new strategic plan until ORL can recover from the effects of Covid19 and re-assess communities' needs in a post COVID world. 
     
    The Board received updates from Library Staff highlighting the ORL's continued effort to maximize Library usage while complying with the necessary restrictions as directed by health authorities and Worksafe BC to ensure the public and staff's safety. These reports:
     
    • Outlined the increase in demand for eBooks and eAudiobooks since covid19 began, and that even with Libraries fully open for physical lending, this additional demand has remained
    • Mentioned a substantial increase in the use of ORL's digital portfolio, including lynda.com, Libby, Rosetta Stone, etc. 
    • Even with the lack of in-person programming and other covid-19 restrictions, the physical circulation of books, magazines, and other materials has recovered back to 90% of the previous year, where they totalled about 2.7 million circulations.
    • Noted that there has been a lot of positive feedback librarians have received from patrons upon reopening library doors expressing how they so appreciate being able to visit their branches once again to browse and borrow.
    • Mentioned that staff hope to gradually begin to increase some seating space and some additional services that have had to be stopped as soon as some of the covid-19 restrictions start to ease and it becomes safe to do so.
    • Heard about an opportunity to partner with another non profit organization to begin a Peer Navigator pilot program which would place people who have recently transitioned from homelessness, addiction, or other disadvantaged situations to work in the downtown Kelowna Library branch to more easily support members of those disadvantaged communities in finding information and receiving services.

  • Get your favourite eMagazines & Digital Books All in One Place!

    by Library Staff | Feb 08, 2021

    Love the RBdigital Magazines collection? Now you can read RBdigital favourites like The Economist, Us Magazine, The New Yorker, and thousands more on the same site you get your eBooks and eAudiobooks!

    The magazines from the RBdigital Magazines collection can now be found in the ORL's OverDrive collection at https://orl.overdrive.com, you can read them online in your browser, or enjoy them on the Libby App!

    Choose from over 3,000 magazines, always available to borrow.

    Check out as many as you like! Magazine checkouts do not count toward your digital book borrowing limits.

    Learn more about OverDrive magazines at https://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/overdrive-magazines.

    Happy Reading!

  • West Kelowna Council Awards City Hall Project Design Contract and Establishes Equity Partnership with Okanagan Regional Library

    by ORL News | Jan 27, 2021
    West Kelowna Council has approved Johnston Davidson Architecture as the design team who will work with the City and the Okanagan Regional Library to design West Kelowna’s first City Hall/Library Building.
    This earmarks the beginning of the City Hall Project’s Preliminary Design phase, which includes stakeholder and public consultations beginning this spring.
    Located in Westbank Centre at 3731 Old Okanagan Highway and adjacent to the City’s Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre (JBMAC), West Kelowna is establishing its first purpose-built City Hall building and welcoming the Okanagan Regional Library as a one-third equity partner. This partnership is inspired by City Council’s vision to offer efficient, centralized and civic-centre services in its downtown core, combined with the Okanagan Regional Library Board’s vision to offer all the types of expanded services that libraries are moving toward to better serve the community.
    “Now that construction of the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant is well underway, along with our expanded road and sidewalk programs in the city, Council can proceed with other priority projects, including our first City Hall/Library building with the Okanagan Regional Library Board,” says Mayor Gord Milsom. “This is an exciting equity partnership that benefits our community. And, we’re looking forward to further developing our community partnerships to make the Westbank Centre a vibrant civic-centre area that serves the Greater Westside.”
    "The Okanagan Regional Library Board is very excited about this opportunity and unanimously approved the project,” says Karla Kozakevich, Chair of the Okanagan Regional Library Board. “The new location is a fantastic opportunity for Okanagan Regional Library to expand the library service and show the people across the Greater Westside that the Library continues to be at the heart of the community.”
    "With the tremendous growth of the West Kelowna population and the nature of how libraries are changing their services to include things like more programming, technology, and community meeting spaces, a modern expanded library in West Kelowna is overdue,” says Don Nettleton, Chief Executive Officer of the Okanagan Regional Library. “Modern libraries are a vibrant community hub. We are excited that the other adjacent community services available in this new location and project will provide a synergy that could not be achieved alone, which will benefit the citizens of West Kelowna and the surrounding area.”
    News Release
    City staff continue to explore other collaborations in the building who would also directly serve the public. Discussions with other levels of government responsible to serve West Kelowna are underway to determine the feasibility of, for example, constituency offices being occupied in the building.
    “As the Kelowna-West member of the BC Legislative Assembly, I’m fully supportive of City of West Kelowna delivering a long overdue civic centre and the benefits it will bring to our Greater Westside community,” says Ben Stewart, MLA for Kelowna-West. “It’s our goal to relocate our existing constituency office and lease space in West Kelowna’s first City Hall once built. Relocating will provide more comprehensive and centralized service to those we serve, and we look forward to our continued partnership with the City of West Kelowna.”
    “These are exciting years ahead for the City of West Kelowna as they design and build their first City Hall,” says Dan Albas, MP for the Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola. “We’re looking forward to the continued planning that would provide the West Kelowna community with greater multi-level government access all in one place.”
    The Strategic Priorities of West Kelowna’s Council also include the importance to strengthen relationships with Westbank First Nation. Incorporating Indigenous art and culture remains important across the Greater Westside. Now that the project is moving into the preliminary design phase, the City will be working with Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan Regional Library to include ways to celebrate learning, heritage, culture and designing gathering places where everyone is welcome and can be inspired.
    “With the Westside experiencing continued growth, it remains important that we grow together, and in the right way,” says Westbank First Nation Chief Christopher Derickson. “As a community partner in this project, Westbank First Nation’s involvement reflects a strong relationship with the City of West Kelowna, and acknowledgement of the importance of reconciliation.”
    The West Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library has been in its current leased location for more than 25 years; and, the City’s administration has been operating in many temporary facilities for more than 13 years. The synergies involved in the City and the Okanagan Regional Library working together on a multi-use facility will be an affordable asset that serves the Greater Westside community. Offering these services from the same venue, and adjacent to recreation facilities of the JBMAC, the Annette Beaudreau Memorial Amphitheatre and Memorial Park, will help create a vibrant and attractive area that offers civic-centre services and recreation.
    To view the City’s project background materials, please visit westkelownacity.ca/cityhallproject.
  • Increasing Access for Customers with Print Disabilities

    by Library Staff | Jan 25, 2021

    There Are Many Ways to Read.

    Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) has extra services for the approximately 10% of Canadians who cannot read standard books because of a print disability.

    Print disabilities include:

    • low vision and blindness,
    • mobility problems such as MS and Parkinson’s, and
    • comprehension issues like dyslexia and autism. 

    If changing the format of a print book makes it possible to read, the library can help!

    The ORL has increased our capacity to service eligible community members for selection service and assistance in accessing Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and National Network of Equitable Library Service (NNELS).  

    CELA and NNELS are online services, accessed for free through the ORL, that people can use to get free audiobooks and listen to them on iPads, tablets, and smartphones.  CELA also offers access to magazines and newspapers.  Mail service, which sends audio CDs (DAISY discs) to patrons (played on CD players, DAISY players, or any other device that can play the MP3 format), is also available from CELA.

    For more information about this service – connect with us:

    If someone you know is not able read print and doesn’t have a library card, connect them with a library membership

  • Enjoy your eLibrary over the Holidays

    by Library Staff | Dec 23, 2020

    Though we may be closed over the holidays, your eLibrary is always open!

    Just a reminder - All library locations are closed beginning Thursday, December 24 and resuming normal operating hours on Monday, January 4. Hold on to your checked out items; loan periods have been changed so no materials are due over the closure as book bins are closed/locked. Find out more.

    Stay cozy, healthy, and warm inside while delighting in free magazines, newspapers, digital books, music, and movies – all available through your library website with library membership.

    We’ve got digital books for the whole family!

    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.

    Get Started with ORL eBooks.

     

    The TumbleBook Library for Kids features animated, talking picture books as well as puzzles and games, based on books in the collection.

    TeenBookCloud 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. 

    Get started with Digital Books for Kids or Get Started with Digital Books for Teens

     

    Find your family history on Ancestry: Library Edition!

    Our genealogical database Ancestry: Library Edition available to patrons at home until March 31, 2020!  Got some time off and want to discovery your family history, now is your chance! You can find records for births marriages, military services, passenger lists and more from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

    Find it at https://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/online-resources/subject#Genealogy .

     

    Get a head start on New Year’s resolutions of self-improvement: learn a new language or a new skill!

    Use the holidays to learn a new language through Rosetta Stone. 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.

    Get Started with Rosetta Stone.

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to improve your photography skills, learn computer coding, learn how to design a logo, or develop business and marketing skills? You can watch video tutorials on these and other topics for free with your library card, through Lynda.com.

    Get Started with Lynda.com.

     

    Listen to Free Classical Music

    With Naxos Music Libraries you can play classical music on your browser.  

    Find complete recordings from Naxos, Marco Polo, and Dacapo. The Jazz library offers recordings of over 32,000 artists are represented including the legendary artist John Coltrane and iconic artists such as Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and many others.

    Get started with Naxos Music Library.

     

    Watch Free Movies with Kanopy Streaming Films

    Kanopy gives ORL members access over 30,000 films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, world cinema, and lecture series from The Great Courses.

    Get Started with Kanopy.

     

    Read Free Magazines and Newspapers

    Want to catch up with the latest in politics, business, and celebrity gossip? Or get new crafting, hobby, or holiday entertainment ideas? Check out RBdigital Magazines. This collection offers ORL customers access to hundreds of popular magazines!

    Get Started with RBdigital Magazines.

     

    Get caught up with your favorites like People, Maclean’sTime, Chatelaine, and Martha Stewart Living. For the kiddoes, we have Archie, Chickadee, and Owl magazines. These digital magazines can be found only in the ORL’s Flipster.

    Get Started with Flipster Digital Magazines.

     

    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 Daily Courier, The Vancouver Sun, and The Guardian.

    Get Started with PressReader.

     

    This is just a taste of the online resources the library has to offer. Discover all of the ORL's online resources.

     

    Enjoy your holidays – we can’t wait to see you when the library system re-opens on January 4.

     

  • Coming Soon: Get Your Favorite eAudiobooks All in One Place!

    by Library Staff | Dec 09, 2020

    On December 17, digital books from our RBdigital collection will be moving to our ORL eBooks|OverDrive collection, so you can find your favorite books all in one place.

    You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great eBooks and eAudiobooks you loved, but they will be available in Libby App and on the ORL eBooks website.

    Already enjoying the Libby app or ORL eBooks site?

    You won’t see much change, other than you may notice even more great titles available for you to borrow!

     

    Do you use RBdigital Books?

    Checkouts

    If you currently have a book checked out from the RBdigital App, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your book without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book.

    Holds and Wishlist

    Holds and items on your wishlist cannot be moved to the ORL eBooks collection. You can get a record of this info from your account on the RBdigital Books website prior to December 17. Here's how: 

    • Go to https://okanaganbc.rbdigital.com/profile and select Export My Transactions History to download a CSV file that you can open in your spreadsheet program.
    • Once the title is available in the ORL eBooks collection, you can request the book again.

     

    What about RBdigital Magazines?

    For the time being, you can continue to enjoy RBdigital Magazines on the RBdigital App and on the RBdigital site. More details to come in 2021!

     

    Got any questions?

    Check out this article from OverDrive, our digital book provider: https://www.overdrive.com/RBdigital-transition-preview or email help@orl.bc.ca.

  • Holiday Closure: December 24 through January 3

    by ORL News | Dec 07, 2020

    Saying that 2020 has been a year of many challenges for most of us is an understatement!

    As year-end approaches and the holidays arrive, all of us at the Okanagan Regional Library want to thank each of you, our Library users, for your patience, understanding and support as we continue to navigate the evolving world of COVID-19. We have tried our best to adapt our services throughout the year to help keep everybody safe while still ensuring access to our many needed resources now more than ever.

    We hope you enjoy your time during this holiday season. Be it with a book by a fireplace, an audiobook while making dinner, in front of a computer watching Lynda tutorials to sharpen up your skills for 2021 or our many other virtual services.

    Our buildings will be closed between December 23 and January 4, but our virtual services are not. You can still access programming for children, including many STEAM programs, and some adult programming. Of course, we also have excellent online resources such as training videos from Lynda, eBooks and eMagazines that can be accessed for free to fill your leisure time.

    Remember that we are here for you 24/7 right here on our website. Visit us and watch, listen, and explore what we have to offer. 

    Stay Well, Be Kind and Keep Learning!  We look forward to serving you in 2021.

  • Get Creative and Decorate a Gingerbread Man in Disguise

    by Library Staff | Dec 01, 2020

    Hey kids and teens, showcase your creativity and imagination with our fun challenges! You can find new things to try out with our Library Adventures for Kids and ourDares & Challenges for Teens.

    This month, your mission is to create a Gingerbread Man in Disguise by decorating it as your favorite book character!

    Find out more:

    Instructions for Kids

    Instructions for Teens

  • Cozy up with even more digital books this winter!

    by Library Staff | Dec 01, 2020

    Beginning December 1, we are increasing the number of digital books you can borrow at a time from the ORL eBooks|OverDrive collection!

    You can now borrow up to 10 digital books at a time and place requests on up to 10 digital books at time.

    New to digital books and want to get in on this? With a library card, members of the community can borrow from the ORL eBooks collection for free. Enjoy the books on your browser, eReader, or using the Libby App on your smartphone or tablet.

    Learn how to get started, today!

    The ORL has over 45,000 digital books including best-sellers, children’s, business, romance and something for readers of all ages in eBook and eAudiobook format.  

    Happy eReading.

     
  • ORL Board Meeting November 2020

    by ORL News | Nov 18, 2020

    At the November 18, 2020 meeting of the Okanagan Regional Library Board of Trustees, the Board:

    • approved the 2021 budget with a minimal less than 1% increase (0.75%), recognizing that taxpayers face many challenges with COVID-19
    • was presented with updates and changes to the COVID-19 influenced services model, which since late summer has moved to browse and borrow
    • heard that physical circulation of books in October had recovered to 81% of 2019 levels despite in-person programming cancelled by COVID-19
    • heard that circulation of virtual materials like e-books continues to increase significantly
    • said goodbye to the Board Chair Karla Kozakevich, who has served the maximum 8-year term allowed by legislation
    • announced that they had reached an agreement with CUPE, which both parties have now approved for a 3-year contract running to December 2023, and includes an inflationary increase of 2% per year.

    In more detail:

    Library Board approves the 2021 Budget

    The Board approved a lean budget for next year, with a less than 1% increase from 2020. During these challenging times, the Library is minimizing its financial impact with this below inflation budget change. The Library will defer major service changes and shift resources internally for 2021 to maintain service levels while still working on their new strategic plan and preparing for future service improvements. 

    Financial Update

    The Library's 2020 finances remain in order. The Library expects to end the year in a financially secure position. Revenues are down due to waiving of fines, less patron activity, and high COVID-19 related costs. The Library had largely offset these losses by some wage savings from vacancies, not needing to utilize on-call staff, and some layoffs when library branches were forced to close in the spring due to COVID-19.

    Additional Highlights

    Wage Settlements

    The Board approved a new 3-year agreement with its CUPE staff, which has been ratified by CUPE running to December 2023, which includes a 2% increase each year. Negotiations with the Professional Employees Union are scheduled to begin in December.

    Library Usage

    Due to the changes necessary to keep branches safely opened due to COVID-19, in-person library visits are down. The Library has capped occupancy for the buildings, suspended most in-branch programs, removed most seating, and removed many public computers and other hands-on technology. Despite this, physical materials' circulation for October has recovered to over 80% of October 2019 levels, and online resource use and e-materials are significantly above 2019 levels.

    Other

    The Board said goodbye and gave thanks to Karla Kozakevich, our current Board Chair. Kozakevich served on the Board for the maximum allowed time under the eight-year legislation, chaired the Policy and Planning Committee for several years, and served as the Board Chair for the past two years. CEO Don Nettleton observed that "even though she was tremendously busy as a Regional Director and Chair of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, Karla helped steer the ORL through significant events including the election of many new Board members, the opening of new service points like UBCO and the Westside Learning Lab, and of course the latest challenges of a global pandemic. She will be missed by the Board and by staff. Karla will continue as Chair until the Board elects her successor at the next Board meeting in February.

     

    About the ORL

    Established in 1936, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is the 16th largest library system in Canada, serving over 400,000 residents through 31 branches. It covers 59,600 square kilometres of some of the most beautiful territories in BC, stretching from Golden in the Rockies to Osoyoos in the heart of the Okanagan wine and fruit growing areas and Princeton in the Similkameen. The system is staffed by energetic and committed people who have begun the shift to a more learning and technology-focused service.

  • Get back to class with The Great Courses

    by Library Staff | Sep 11, 2020

    Calling on life-long learners! Feeling nostalgic for that back-to-school feeling this time of year brings? Get back to class from the comfort of home with The Great Courses and your library card!

    With The Great Courses (found in our Kanopy Streaming Film collection), you can watch lectures given by professors and teachers.

    Check out some of the courses you can watch:

    • Ancient Civilizations of North America: Learn about amazing cities, agricultural works, art and culture.
    • Introduction to Astrophysics: Explore a universe of stars, black holes, dark matter and learn about the calculations that show how planets, stars, and galaxies work.
    • Understanding Investments: Good for those who are new to investing or who have some experience, learn the fundamentals of investing.
    • Science of Extreme Weather: A topical course for these times, increase your knowledge about hurricanes, drought, blizzards and learn how scientists use satellites and radar to track extreme weather.  
    • Writing Great Fiction: Learn the craft of storytelling and explore the elements of fiction, including techniques for building scenes, developing characters, and writing dialogue.

    View all courses on Kanopy

    The videos will not take up your monthly 8 film limit for the Kanopy collection and there are no exams, group projects, or tuition fees! Learn how to sign up and enjoy Kanopy Films today

     

    More about Kanopy Streaming Films: You can watch up to 8 movies per month, all for free with your library card! Choose from among more than 30,000 of the world’s best films. With the motto of "thoughtful entertainment," Kanopy provides ORL patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value, including programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

  • Get to know Flipster, our newest digital magazine collection

    by Library Staff | Aug 18, 2020

    Browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines for free with your library card. 

    Get caught up with your favorites like People, Maclean’s, Time, Chatelaine, and Martha Stewart Living. For the kiddoes, we have Archie, Betty & Veronica, Chickadee, and Owl magazines.

    These digital magazines can be found only in the ORL’s Flipster collection, https://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/flipster.

    Read as many as you like! No holds, no waiting!

    You can read the magazines online on the browser of your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also download magazines for offline reading anytime, anywhere when using the free Flipster app on your Android™ smartphone or tablet, or your Apple® iPhone or iPad.

    Check out Flipster today and be sure to visit our other online magazines and newspaper collections – all free to access with library membership!

  • Golden Library to temporarily close for renovations August 26

    by ORL News | Aug 07, 2020
    Press Release
    August 6, 2020
     
    For Immediate Release
     
    Golden Library, a branch of the Okanagan Regional Library [ORL], will be temporarily closed for renovations from August 26 to September 17. 
     
    The Okanagan Regional Library will not be charging members of the Golden Library late or overdue fees during this time. To reduce the effect this close may have on individuals and the community, ORL has extended loan times until the Golden library reopens. 
     
    "After 20 years and countless footsteps, our floor is getting a much-needed face-lift! We're looking forward to enjoying our fresh new look for many years to come." —Laura Larose Golden Community Librarian
     
    During the renovation period, Golden Library may offer limited curbside pickup of library materials. Details will be published to orl.bc.ca.
  • Throughout July, library branches will be opening their doors to the public

    by Library Staff | Jul 15, 2020
    The Okanagan Regional Library will begin re-opening its branches to our patrons once again with Phase 3: Browse & Borrow service. The change will happen gradually within our 30 branches throughout July, replacing the Curbside Holds Pick-up service.
     
    See if your library location is open and view our Phase 3: Browse & Borrow plan.
     
    During this phase, patrons will be able to enter the library, browse our collection, use socially distanced computers, and borrow most materials.
     
    Meeting rooms, meeting spaces, study rooms, public seating, and other gathering areas in the library will remain closed to the public.
     
    We will also limit the number of patrons allowed in the library at once. Patrons are encouraged to select materials quickly, check them out using our self-checkouts, and leave to allow others to enter.  ORL CEO, Don Nettleton, asks that "visitors follow the outlined process and rules so that everybody stays healthy and safe."
     
    Our online programming, including the ever-popular children's Summer Reading Club, which this year has gone virtual, will continue.
     
    ORL staff are looking forward to seeing you in your library again while maintaining safe social distances. 
  • June 2 Okanagan Regional Library is starting curbside holds pick-up

    by ORL News | May 26, 2020
    Press Release
    May 26th, 2020
    For Immediate Release
     
    Library service at Okanagan Regional Library branches will increase starting June 2. We have missed the in-person service to our customers, and although we have continued to serve you virtually, we are very excited to begin our restoration of library services to include lending physical materials once again - via curbside pickup. 
     
    We are working on a multi-phase reopening plan, and Phase 1: Curbside Holds Pick-up launches on June 2 across the system. During phase 1 (contactless curbside pick-up), customers will be able to place holds, pick them up and return items into book drops. Customers are to adhere to posted instructions and guidelines while using the contactless curbside pick-up. At this time, library buildings will continue to be closed to the public. 
     
    Please visit www.orl.bc.ca/re-opening for details on how Curbside Holds Pick-up works, and to see your location's pick-up and book drop hours starting June 2. 
     
    We are asking customers to help us during this time to manage the volume of both holds and returns that were paused when we closed. Please only return items during open book drop hours. All items checked out before the closure are not due back until June 15. If you have holds on your account that you no longer want, or cannot come in to pick up, please cancel or suspend them. If you need staff assistance, please call us at 1-844-649-8127.
     
    We are looking forward to seeing you again - from a distance - and to once again share our library collections with our communities. 
     
    About the ORL
     
    Established in 1936, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is the 16th largest library system in Canada, serving over 400,000 residents through 31 branches. It covers 59,600 square kilometres of some of the most beautiful territories in BC, stretching from Golden in the Rockies to Osoyoos in the heart of the Okanagan wine and fruit growing areas. The system is staffed by energetic and committed people who have begun the shift to a more learning and technology-focused service.
  • Need something to watch? We have online movies!

    by Library Staff | May 20, 2020

    We hope you have been enjoying the Kanopy Streaming Films collection, because it is here to stay!

    With your library card, you will be able to watch up to 8 films per month.

    New to Kanopy?

    Here is what it’s all about! You will be able to choose from among more than 30,000 of the world’s best films.

    Catch up on classics you’ve been meaning to watch from the Criterion Collection’s 50 Janus Films, with Seven Samurai, Bicycle Thieves, and Modern Times.

    Are you in the mood for learning something new? You can watch lectures given by esteemed professors and teachers with The Great Courses series. You can learn about the history of the ancient world, physics and math, animals, or business! Best part? No homework or exams! Even better? The video series will not take up your monthly film limit.

    There is something for everyone, we have modern indie films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople, world cinema like The Royal Tailor, and documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro.

    Have you created a Kanopy Account between April 9 and May 17?

    You may see a message saying “Membership Inactive: Please reactivate your membership” when trying to play a movie.  Simply select OK, enter your library card number and PIN, and select Verify. You can then go back to the collection and watch your movie.

    Go to https://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/kanopy to visit the collection and to learn how to get started. 

     

     

  • An update for our customers on continued library closures & impact of COVID-19

    by Library Staff | Apr 30, 2020

    To our valued library customers, 

    We know you would like to be back in your local library branches and able to check out materials, and we miss you, and are looking forward to the day we can reopen our library branches again.

    Until further notice, libraries across BC and across the country remain closed for the safety of our staff and our customers. 

    We are very closely following the advice of our Provincial Health Officer. Provincially, our health experts are looking ahead and considering what a safe and gradual return to increased freedoms looks like. At the same time, libraries across the country are working together to determine what safe procedures we need to have in place before we can open our doors. 

    Unlike retail, libraries are built on sharing – so the circulating aspect of our collections needs special consideration. Libraries function because we share things, and right now we are being asked to limit what we share with others, including space. Research is currently underway to determine what steps need to be put in place to permit safe sharing of library materials again. As soon as we have the information we need, we can build safe procedures for our customers and staff and will be able to resume serving you from our physical locations.

    We are doing our best to continue to provide access to reading materials, movies, music, and information through online borrowing. And our chat reference, phone line, and online programming offerings keep us connected and serving you at this time. We know this is not the same as having our branches open, and we also look forward to a return to normalcy. However, we respect that the quickest route to that is to be patient, be cautious, and be safe.

    We look forward to seeing you in our branches just as soon as we can, but until then, please visit us at orl.bc.ca. You can ask questions using our online chat to learn how we can serve you at this time, or just call us to say hi at 1-844-649-8127. We’d love to talk to you.

    The staff and management team at Okanagan Regional Library.

  • COVID-19 | Public Announcement | March 16th - 2:19pm

    by ORL News | Mar 16, 2020
    Press Release
    March 16, 2020
    For Immediate Release
     
    Based on the direction and recommendation of the public health officials, and out of care and concern for the public, our customers and our staff, we will be closing until further notice all Okanagan Regional Library branches effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17.
     
    At the end of the library open hours today, March 16, all book drops will be closed. Please enjoy the library materials you have out right now. Don't worry; you won't be charged fines or penalties.
     
    All of our online resources will still be available 24/7 and can be accessed remotely using your library pass. Visit orl.bc.ca for a full list of available resources.
     
    As you know, this is a constantly evolving situation. We will continue to work closely with health officials and are committed to keeping you up-to-date as things evolve and change.
     
    Thank you for your support, understanding and patience during this difficult time. Now is a critical moment when we must all work together to ensure the well-being of our communities and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
     
    Keep calm, remember your neighbours, and keep safe and healthy. 
    Okanagan Regional Library Leadership Team.
  • COVID-19 | Public Announcement | March 16th - 9:25am

    by ORL News | Mar 16, 2020

    March 16, 2020, ORL News

    As you know, the Okanagan Regional Library has been closely monitoring the developments related to COVID-19. This is a continually evolving situation, and we continue to try to follow the advice of our health authorities and science as opposed to the hype and rumours.

    Our primary concern is the health and safety of our customers and our staff and those vulnerable in our community.  While the current risk assessment is still low for the BC interior and our communities, we know that it could increase at any time. We have previously cancelled all large programs for 250 or more people to “help flatten the curve” through social distancing as directed by our provincial Health officer.   

    What are we doing?

    Library Programs Cancelled

    Today our leadership team has made the decision that we will be cancelling all other programming for an indefinite period of time. Much of the planned programming over the next few weeks was special children’s programming occurring over the spring break period. These programs are normally very popular, and our library spaces are generally small. 

    Many programs involve the use and sharing of small technology pieces as well as crafts and special speakers and events. 

    These sorts of activities and spaces do not allow us to safely manage the social distancing risk, especially with children, and so during these unusual times, like many organizations across Canada, we have made the difficult choice to cancel these for the safety of our communities.

    Branch Operations

    For now, our branches will be open to the public as usual but this could change with little notice depending upon staffing or public health requirements. We will post changes to social media and our website when they occur, or as soon as we are able.   

    Library Materials

    If you have materials currently on loan, you can still return them while we remain open, providing you are not sick.  We would ask that if you are sick, please do not return your materials until you are entirely recovered.  We will be waiving new fines for the period of March 16 -April 30.  

    Should the Library have to fully close, we will be closing all book returns and would ask that you keep your material until we reopen are reminding the public to be vigilant with hand washing and to maintain safe distances.  

    Additional Actions Being Taken

    To this effect, where possible, we may be moving or removing seating and equipment in our branches to provide more space between people, and we will be encouraging people to use the self-checkout machines to minimize contact with staff and others.  

    Remember that you can still get ORL services online at ORL.BC.CA even if the Library has to fully close. Please take advantage of our digital e-materials. If you are self-isolated or quarantined, in addition to our e-books and e-audio books, it might be an excellent opportunity to consider learning a new language with Rosetta Stone or develop other new skills with Lynda.com.  

    Thank you for your support, understanding, and patience during this difficult time as we work together to ensure the well-being of all in our communities.

    Don Nettleton,

    Chief Executive Officer Okanagan Regional Library