• Beep boop! Borrow a robot!

    by Library Staff | Jun 10, 2022

    For all the little scientists in your life you can borrow an even littler robot from our Library of Things collection! We have Ozobots Evo and a Code & Go Robot Mouse kits that are great for kids ages 5+,  and the Sphero Bolt for kids ages 8+, with a caregiver’s help.

    While playing with the Ozobot Evo, kids can begin learning coding concepts! The coding can be done either by drawing lines on paper or through an online site called Ozoblockly.  

    Kids can also learn coding without a computer with Colby, the programmable robot mouse! Colby has buttons you can use to program it so that it can it find its way through a maze to gets its cheese.  

    The Sphero BOLT lets kids code their own program and design their own activity using an app on the iPad included with the kit. Kids can program this robot to create a painting, race a car, or have a dance party.


    These robots are just a few of the learning experiences you can borrow from our Library of Things collection. We have experiences for all ages - find them in our Catalogue

  • This April, join the ORL and libraries across the country for One eRead Canada!

    by Library Staff | Apr 01, 2022

    This April, hundreds of participating Canadian public libraries, including Okanagan Regional Library, will offer unlimited access to The Break by Katherena Vermette. It will be available in eBook and eAudiobook formats, in English and French, and without holds or waitlists!

    The book is made available as part of One eRead Canada, a month-long digital book club presented by Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) from April 1 to 30, 2022, with the support of CBC/Radio-Canada.

    About the Book

    In Katherena Vermette’s book, The Break, Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window and notices someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — and alerts the police of the possible crime. Through the perspectives of various characters and shifting narratives, a story about the lives of people living in Winnipeg’s North End unfolds. A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Vermette’s rich writing talent as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature.

    Download the Book

    Download the eBook or eAudiobook from the Libby App or from the ORL’s OverDrive collection in English and French.  New to digital books? View our help page for video tutorials and instructions on downloading titles. 

    Are you a reader of alternative formats? You can get the book from CELA (English | French) or NNELS (English). View our info page for details on how to use these collections.

    Take Part in the Book Club Online

    Join the discussions happening in the One eRead Canada Book Club Facebook group or on Twitter (@1eRead_unLivrel).

    You’ll also get the chance to attend live virtual events in both English and French through livestreams on Facebook and Twitter.

    On April 20, author of The Break, Katherena Vermette will be in conversation with CBC host Shelagh Rogers from 4:00 to 5:00 PM PDT (in English). 

    On April 21, Mélissa Verreault, the French translator of The Break, and Radio-Canada host Marie-Louise Arsenault will be in discussion about the book from 4:00 to 5:00 PM PDT (in French).  

  • ORL Board Meeting | February 16, 2022

    by ORL Marketing | Feb 17, 2022
    At the February 16 meeting of the Okanagan Regional Library Board of Trustees, the Board held elections for the Board Officer positions. 

    Board election results:

    · BOARD CHAIR: Re-elected Sherry Philpott-Adhikary, Keremeos 
    · BOARD VICE-CHAIR: Erin Carlson, Summerland 

    Board members also volunteer to sit on standing committees which will be led by:

    · FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR: Doug Findlater, West Kelowna 
    · POLICY AND PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIR: Loyal Wooldridge, Kelowna 

    The Board welcomed Jeremy Feddersen, ORL's new CFO, who reported that the financial results to November 2021 show the Library generally operating within budget. 

    The Board received updates from the CEO and staff, highlighting the ORL Team's continued effort to maximize Library service while conforming to external and internal safety procedures. 

    "Our Libraries have been adapting to covid through continuing virtual programs, take and make projects that people can do at home. People are happy to start to see the beginning of in-person programs in many of our branches as covid concerns start to decrease," said Don Nettleton, ORL's CEO.

    Additional Highlights

    West Kelowna Library Construction Progress

    The Board was provided with an update on the progress of the new West Kelowna Library, which is being constructed adjacent to the Johnson Bentley Recreation Centre as part of the new City Hall project.

    Revelstoke RevLab Update

    The Board was excited to hear about the long-awaited Revelstoke RevLab construction getting underway with anticipated completion in May.

    Peer Navigator Program Update

    The Board heard an update on the Peer Navigator Pilot project, which is based out of the Kelowna Downtown Library Branch in partnership with Urban Matters and the People Employment Agency. The navigators assist and interact with marginalized community members by providing a wide variety of services. The Board agreed to continue funding to support this project being extended to the end of 2022

    Library Champions Project 

    The Board heard a report on the Library Champions Project, a three-month volunteer program for new immigrants. The ORL is a partner in the pilot extension of this program which was formerly only run in the lower mainland to the interior. Libraries across the province are a part of the project, supported by numerous immigrant-serving organizations and community agencies that assist with project promotion and referrals.

    Library Champions are trained to conduct outreach to other new immigrants during the project. The four training sessions focus on building communication, presentation, and outreach skills and on understanding the range of programs, services, and resources provided by libraries and immigrant and community service agencies. After the training, Library Champions will develop an outreach plan to help assist other new immigrants to BC. 

    About the ORL

    Established in 1936, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is Canada's 16th largest library system, serving over 400,000 residents through 30 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 shifting to a more learning and technology-focused service.
  • In-library programs re-start January 18!

    by Library Staff | Jan 17, 2022

    In-person library programs will be re-starting after January 18. Program offerings will vary branch to branch. Please check your local branch in the events calendar for upcoming programs.

    Proof of Vaccination and Masks are required for participants of in-person programs, as per the Public Health Orders. Contact your local library if you have questions.

    Online programming is available for anyone unable to attend in person.  Some library branches are not able to offer in branch programming at this time, but the online programs are available for our entire service region. Sign up for Virtual Story Times for kids and families or check out our online events for adults.

  • In-library programs are delayed until January 18

    by Library Staff | Jan 05, 2022

    As per the current Public Health Order, the ORL will not be holding in-library programs (e.g., Story Times,  Knitting Clubs, etc.) until January 18. We are looking forward resuming our planned programs as soon it is safe to do so.

    We continue to offer online programs. Sign up for Virtual Story Times for kids and families or check out our online events for adults!

  • Enjoy your eLibrary over the Holidays

    by Library Staff | Dec 23, 2021

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

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

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

    We’ve got digital books for the whole family

    ORL eBooks from OverDrive 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.


    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 - available at home until the end of the year

    Our genealogical database Ancestry: Library Edition is available to patrons at home until December 31, 2021.  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 .


    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 LinkedIn Learning for Libraries.

    Get Started with LinkedIn Learning for Libraries.


    With The Great Courses (found in our Kanopy Streaming Film collection), you can watch lectures given by professors and teachers but you won't have to deal with exams, group projects, or tuition fees. Learn about history, astronomy, finance and math, creative writing and more. 

    Get Started with The Great Courses


    Listen to Free Classical Music

    Need some fresh, ad-free music for your holiday listening pleasure?  Stream classical music with Naxos Music Library on your browser. Listen to entire albums, or create your own playlist!    

    Get started with Naxos Music Library.


    Stay Home and 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, and world cinema.

    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 OverDrive Magazines. This collection offers ORL customers access to hundreds of popular magazines!

    Get Started with OverDrive Magazines.


    Get holiday cooking and entertaining ideas from Chatelaine, Martha Stewart Living, and Fine Cooking. Get caught up with news with People, Maclean’sTime. For the kiddoes, find puzzles, science experiments and awesome comics and stories from Chickadee and Owl magazines.These digital magazines can be found only in the ORL’s Flipster collection.

    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 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.


  • Announcement of District of Lake Country Library Service Changes

    by ORL Marketing | Sep 22, 2021

    The Okanagan Regional Library provides Library services to the citizens of Lake Country. For over 30 years, the Okanagan Regional Library Board has had established policies to guide communities and staff expectations for branch placement, sizes and open hours. The District of Lake Country has historically been serviced from 2 locations – the main library, which is currently situated in the Lake Country Municipal Hall and from a tiny location in Oyama. This Oyama library existed for historical reasons and has not met Board standards or policies for branch size or location (due to the small population being served and the proximity of other nearby libraries).  

    During the summer of 2021, the building which the Library has been leasing for decades was put up for sale by the Oyama Community Association. The Library was notified that under the terms of any sale, tenants, including the Library, would be allowed to stay until the end of October. If the building sold, anything past that time would be at the discretion and terms of any new owner. This potential sale triggered an internal review of our operations and services to the District of Lake Country, explicitly focusing on the effectiveness of the services provided and the money spent to operate this tiny facility in Oyama. As part of this review, alternative forms of service to the community with the resources currently allocated to Oyama were considered.


    After reviewing the various options, staff recommended, and the Board agreed that the resources allocated to the operation of this tiny Oyama branch of the ORL could better serve the entire District of Lake Country. Service Changes that will begin in November include:

    • Closing of the Oyama Library and redirecting resources to extend the open hours of the main Lake Country Library by 8 hours a week (recommended to include 4 hours Sunday afternoons which is popular with families, plus four other hours). This branch is in the main service center of the community, about a 10-minute drive from Oyama. It is adjacent to the middle and high schools and the other services Oyama and all Lake Country citizens access, such as grocery stores, health and beauty, dining, entertainment and other shopping.  
    • The local programs like children's storytimes and Summer Reading Club the Oyama community had access to will be maintained by staff from the Lake Country Branch, who will travel to Oyama and offer them in a location such as the Oyama Community Hall.  
    • Other local services such as the book return bin and wi-fi service, which is popular with rail trail users and some locals, could also be continued by agreements with the Oyama Community Association or another local landowner such as the new owner of the [location] building.  

    The proposed additional 8 hours of service, offered to the entire District of Lake country through the Lake Country library, would provide significantly more materials, more convenient open hours and many other services to the whole community. 

    The Library Board and Management empathize with the community and appreciate that changes to local services are difficult, particularly for small communities. We believe that the approved changes implemented in the fall of 2021 will better direct the Library funding to provide more excellent services to more people in the entire District of Lake Country while maintaining local Oyama special programming and additional services such as wi-fi and a convenient book return. 

    ORL is increasingly expanding its online catalogue, allowing for a more immersive in-home, on-the-road, relaxing by-the-lake library experience. In-person services are also increasingly supplemented by virtual services, including an expanding variety of virtual programs and resources such as pre-recorded classes and workshops, child and adult activities and other e-books and materials, which can be accessed online 24/7.

  • Every Child Matters

    by Library Staff | Jun 10, 2021

    After the announcement of the tragic discovery of the remains of 215 children buried on the site of the former residential school in Kamloops, we wish to offer our sincere condolences to the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and to all local First Nations - and to everyone impacted by residential schools in Canada. This news deeply saddens us, and our thoughts are with your community and families, and with all affected communities at this time.

    We hope that this announcement, and all of the connected issues it has raised to prominence, will encourage each of us to learn more about our country's past, and find ways to apply the lessons we learn to come together in reconciliation to build a better future.

    Some sources of support that are available for anyone affected by these latest reports or the lingering affects of residential schools include:

    • The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066
    • Within BC, the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous-specific toll free line 24/7 at 1-800-588-8717 or online at
    • Nationally, the Indian Residential School Crisis Line supports former students and those affected 24/7 at 1-866-925-4419 to access emotional and crisis referral services.

    Don Nettleton
    Chief Executive Officer


    by ORL Marketing | Jun 07, 2021

    KELOWNA, BC – VantageOne Credit Union’s generous $4,000 donation to Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) has helped strengthen community programming in the communities of Peachland, Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby, BC. The charitable gift will support ORL in two vital ways: Improving public access to digital learning and tools and fostering the development of S.T.E.A.M. programming at four of our smaller library branches.

    “We are thrilled!” says ORL’s Chief Executive Officer, Don Nettleton, on receiving the charitable gift. “ORL is so grateful for this timely donation from VantageOne which will help support community needs for STEAM programming.” STEAM includes activities that encompass an educational approach to learning using Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. It enables young people, and those of all ages and abilities, to innovate and build critical thinking and problem solving skills and to engage in self-motivated learning and collaboration.

    “We are very pleased to partner with Okanagan Regional Library to help support this type of educational programming in local community library branches.” says Roxanne Davyduke, Vice President of Consumer Banking Services at VantageOne. “It is very encouraging to know that our donation is being used to support STEAM programming and the purchase of four new Cricut Cutter machines for four local library branches in communities where we do business across the Okanagan Valley.”

    Circuit Cutters safely and accurately create beautiful and precise designs out of paper, balsawood, vinyl, fabric, leather, mat board or tissue paper. Participants will take turns using the machines as they create innovative things like fabric banners, labels, iron-on-T-shirt designs, greeting cards, paper gift boxes, leather earrings, decals, jigsaw puzzles, sewing patterns and fridge magnets. Staff in the four branches are actively planning to use the devices to support the needs of do-it-yourselfers and crafters in their local communities. VantageOne’s support will help ensure that library patrons and members of the public, who may otherwise not be able acquire their own Cricut Cutter, have easy access to a state-of-the-art digital creation tool and educational support on its use.
  • May 19 2021 ORL Board Meeting

    by ORL Marketing | May 21, 2021

    At the May 19th, 2021 Meeting of the Okanagan Regional Library Board of Trustees, the Board was presented with a financial "clean bill of health" from auditors BDO Canada for the 2020 fiscal year. The Library system strengthened its balance sheet in 2020 with an increase in financial assets and decreased the overall net debt. It also posted a surplus for the year, most of which will be transferred to the building reserve to help to finance new branches such as West Kelowna.

    The Library system looks ahead. Early planning is getting underway with the establishment of the 2022 budget preparation timeline, which will see the Board Finance Committee work with staff between now and September to recommend a budget to the Board. The Board must adopt next year's budget by its November meetings later this year.


    The Board also heard about:

    • How the Kelowna Downtown Library is hosting 2 Peer Navigators in partnership with Urban Matters and People Employment Agency. The Peer Navigators provide in-depth help to connect individuals in need with the community and resources they need, housing applications, and providing connections to culturally appropriate other supports. 
    • ORL CEO Don Nettleton reported on ORL's intent to start public consultations in partnership with the City of West Kelowna on the new Library space in West Kelowna. The public consultations are expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. The building is on track to be completed by fall 2022.
    • That ORL is starting to re-open the Maker Spaces in compliance with the provincial health guidelines and recommendations. Online training for the new programs and equipment will be rolled out starting in early June.
    • This year the ever-popular Summer Reading Club will be offered safely online. ORL will supplement the provincial program with additional online or take-away resources and programs. Parents are encouraged to register on the ORL website or contact their local branch.
    • The ORL continued to operate our branches at regular open hours at the browse and borrow level. At the same time, many libraries across Canada have had to close, scale down to curbside pickup, restrict service or limit hours. ORL is hoping to safely start a limited number of in-person programs by the fall, guided by the directions of the public health officer.


    The Board reviewed and approved the ORL 2020 Annual Report. 2020 was a challenging year for all of us. Like most other businesses and organizations, ORL had to constantly monitor and adjust service levels to ensure public and staff safety, compliance with public health mandates and recommendations and ORL's responsibilities to the communities.


    The Annual Report highlighted many statistics which illustrate the significant impact ORL branches have on the communities they serve. The report also demonstrated the clear need and demand for libraries, especially during the Covid19 pandemic. 

    Considering that due to the pandemic, ORL buildings were closed for over two months, after which curbside holds pickup was available for the following two months, and ORL did not offer in-person programs for most of the year, the library still managed:

    • 65% increase in ORL eBooks & eAudiobook Checkouts
    • 108% increase in hours spent learning new languages online through Rosetta Stone
    • 4,145 hours spent by patrons learning new skills through 
    • 946,538 PressReader Articles Read
    • Managed to circulate 58% as many physical items as prior years, and by year-end saw the circulation level of physical materials recover to between 80-90% of normal


    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 shifting to a more learning and technology-focused service.


  • Come to our Makerspaces and Get Inspired!

    by Library Staff | May 17, 2021

    Our newest Makerspace, the Inspiration Lab at the Vernon library branch, will be opening on June1! It is a free space dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration, and storytelling.

    “We’re so excited to finally be able to open the Inspiration Lab to the community,” said Library Branch Head Kristy Hennings.

    It will be joining our ORL Makerspaces that we have at the Westside Learning Lab, the Downtown Kelowna branch, and the Golden library branch.

    Check out what you can find at Vernon branch's new Inspiration Lab:

    Two Creation Stations for digital design and editing of all kinds, including video production and animation. 

    Three digitization stations that you can use to preserve your memories by converting old media into digital files:

    • On one station you can scan photographs and scan slides as well as film negatives, including both 16 and 35mm film. 
    • The two other stations are devoted to digitizing older formats such as VHS film, vinyl records and cassettes.

    A Cricut Maker, a machine that can cut hundreds of different materials accurately and quickly, from the most delicate paper and fabric to matboard and even faux leather. Great for DIY projects!


    At the downtown Kelowna branch and Westside Learning Lab, you can print three-dimensional objects using a Makerbot 3D Printer.

    The 3D Printer and the Cricut Maker require certification before using them. Beginning May 21, you will be able to certify online to use these maker stations. Online booking is available for maker stations at downtown Kelowna library Makerspace, the Westside Learning Lab, and will be coming soon for the Vernon Inspiration Lab! 

    Have any questions about our Makerspaces? Email or call us toll free at 1-844-649-8127.

  • 100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten

    by Library Staff | Apr 20, 2021

    Do you have little ones at home, not yet school-aged? Have you noticed how they are growing up so fast? Well, what better way to get them prepared for the big wide world ahead than by reading together.

    We have an exciting new list of 100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten available for you from:

    Just a few exciting titles and authors are:

    1. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
    2. Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
    3. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
    4. Tickle Monster by Edouard Manceau
    5. Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard

    Regular reading aloud helps to create strong parent-child bonds and promotes healthy brain development. Children who are read to more often have improved language and listening skills, experience stronger emotional connections, and gain a lifelong love of reading.

    Some benefits of reading are:

    • Exercises our brain.
    • Improves concentration.
    • Teaches about the world around us and beyond.
    • Improves vocal and language skills.
    • Develops a child’s imagination.
    • Helps a child develop empathy.

    When you and your little ones have finished the list, please take it to your nearest ORL branch and collect a prize!

  • Winter Challenge Winners!

    by Library Staff | Apr 16, 2021

    The Kids, Teen, and Preschooler Winter Challenges are now completed! Thank-you to all who participated!

    A whopping 341 submissions were sent in either by email or to the branch.  The Winter Bingo Challenge generated 191 entries with 150 entries for the Hot Cocoa Colouring Challenge. 

    The following library branches have handed out Gift Cards to the lucky recipients:

    • Armstrong
    • Enderby
    • Golden
    • Mission
    • Naramata
    • Rutland
    • Salmon Arm
    • Vernon
    • Westbank

    Thanks for all your efforts and look for more challenges to come this Summer!

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

    by Library Staff | Mar 10, 2021

    A change is coming to (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:


  • ORL Board Meeting | Feb 17 | Welcomes & Election

    by ORL Marketing | 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 
    • 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, 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, 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

    Happy Reading!

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

    by ORL Marketing | 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.”
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    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
  • 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

  • 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?


    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 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: or email

  • Holiday Closure: December 24 through January 3

    by ORL Marketing | 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.