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ORL Board Meeting | Feb 17 | Welcomes & Election
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.
February 17, 2021
Get your favourite eMagazines & Digital Books All in One Place!
Love the RBdigital Magazine 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 digital books! Find them on the ORL's OverDrive collection at https://orl.overdrive.com the Libby App!
February 08, 2021
West Kelowna Council Awards City Hall Project Design Contract and Establishes Equity Partnership with Okanagan Regional Library
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.
January 27, 2021
Increasing Access for Customers with Print Disabilities
The Okanagan Regional Library has extra services for the approximately 10% of Canadians who cannot read standard books because of a print disability. If changing the format of a print book makes it possible to read, the library can help.
January 25, 2021
Enjoy your eLibrary over the Holidays
All library locations are closed beginning December 24 and resuming normal operating hours on January 4. Though we may be closed over the holidays, your eLibrary is always open!
December 23, 2020
Coming Soon: Get Your Favorite eAudiobooks All in One Place!
On December 17, our 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.
December 09, 2020
Holiday Closure: December 24 through January 3
All Okanagan Regional Library locations will begin their annual holiday closure period beginning Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, January 3. Library branches will resume normal operating hours on Monday, January 4, 2021.
December 07, 2020
Get Creative and Decorate a Gingerbread Man in Disguise
Hey kids and teens, showcase your creativity and imagination with our fun challenges!
December 01, 2020
Cozy up with even more digital books this winter!
Beginning December 1, we are increasing the number of digital books you can borrow at a time from the ORL eBooks|OverDrive collection! Borrow up to 10 digital books at a time, and place requests on up to 10 digital books at time.
December 01, 2020
ORL Board Meeting November 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.
November 18, 2020
Get back to class with The Great Courses
Calling on life-long learners! Feeling nostalgic for back-to school feeling this time of year? Get back to class from the comfort of home with The Great Courses (from Kanopy Streaming Films) and your library card.
September 11, 2020
Get to know Flipster, our newest digital magazine collection
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.
August 18, 2020
Golden Library to temporarily close for renovations August 26
Golden Library, a branch of the Okanagan Regional Library [ORL], will be temporarily closed for renovations from August 26 to September 17.
August 07, 2020
Throughout July, library branches will be opening their doors to the public
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.
July 15, 2020
June 2 Okanagan Regional Library is starting curbside holds pick-up
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.
May 26, 2020
Need something to watch? We have online movies!
Watch movies online with Kanopy Streaming Films. With your library card, you will be able to watch up to 8 films per month. Get started at https://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/kanopy.
May 20, 2020
An update for our customers on continued library closures & impact of COVID-19
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 then, please visit us at www.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.
April 30, 2020
Stay home & watch movies!
With the help of their content partners, Kanopy is providing access to their film collection while libraries are closed. ORL members can enjoy the collection until May 8. Get started at https://www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary/kanopy.
April 14, 2020
COVID-19 | Public Announcement | March 16th - 2:19pm
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.
March 16, 2020
COVID-19 | Public Announcement | March 16th - 9:25am
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.
March 16, 2020
COVID-19 and your library
We know that we need to balance public service with public safety. We are following the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada, BC Ministry of Health and the Interior Health Authority.
March 13, 2020
ORL eBooks - Auto-checkout for held digital books is getting replaced by new options on March 2
Do you use the ORL eBooks|OverDrive collection to enjoy digital books? OverDrive is changing how you check out requested books that become available to borrow so that you can better manage your holds! Currently, when requested digital books become available, they are automatically checked out to your account. On March 2, this will change for all new and existing holds. When your hold becomes available, you will be notified, and you will have a 3-day window when you can either borrow your book, redeliver it at a later date if you don't have time to read it, or cancel the hold if you no longer want the book.
February 26, 2020
See the Heat!
Did you know you can borrow a thermal imaging camera from the library to see where heat loss is happening in your home? To borrow one, search for “See the Heat” or “Home Energy Kit” in the Catalogue, https://orl.bibliocommons.com, and place a hold. The cameras can be borrowed for up to seven days.
February 04, 2020
Oliver Library Relocating to Oliver Place Mall
Oliver Library, a branch of the Okanagan Regional Library [ORL], is relocating from its current location where it has operated for over 20 years to the Oliver Place Mall.
January 30, 2020
Your access to eBooks is at risk
Public Libraries are facing a battle with Macmillan Publishing to ensure access for all communities to eBook materials. Macmillan Publishing, one of the big five publishers, is significantly limiting the availability and quantity of eBooks to all libraries. Because of this change, implemented November 1st, ORL will be allowed only one copy of an eBook to serve our population of 400,000 people for the first two months.
November 01, 2019
American Sign Language Story Time at the Kelowna Rutland, Westbank and Vernon Libraries
American Sign Language Story Time Schedule Vernon Library Sundays from 1:00-2:30pm Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 8 and Mar 22 Kelowna Rutland Library Saturday from 10:30-12:00pm Oct 24, Nov 16, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 21, Apr 18, May 16 Westbank Library Saturday from 10:30-12:00pm Nov 2, Dec 7, Feb 1, Mar 7, April, 4, May 2, June 6
October 11, 2019
Lynda.com’s move to Linkedin Learning is delayed
Lynda.com’s move to Linkedin Learning, which had been planned for September 25, is delayed until further notice.
September 23, 2019
ORL Board Meeting | September 2019
At the September 18 meeting of the Okanagan Regional Library Board of Trustees, the Board: Was presented with a draft budget proposed by the Finance Committee. The Board was told that the proposed average per capita increase would be 18 cents. The Board will vote on the final budget at their November meeting.
September 19, 2019
This Fall, Lynda.com will be changing to LinkedIn Learning
Lynda.com is the library’s source for video courses about business, project management, and popular software, and more. On September 25, Lynda.com will be changing – with a new site and a new name, LinkedIn Learning.
August 23, 2019
Five ways your eLibrary can make your vacation a blast!
Dream it - Live it - Remember it. The eLibrary has got you covered for your vacation needs.
August 08, 2019
Vernon Library Has Re-opened After a Temporary Closure
Update: The Vernon library has re-opened after a temporary closure on June 17. An unknown substance was found in the Vernon Library's book return. To ensure the safety of the public and staff, the Vernon Library has been evacuated and will be closed until further notice.
June 17, 2019
Read Glass Beads with Canada-Wide eBook Club
This Indigenous History Month, from June 3 to 30, readers all across Canada are invited to read Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont as part of the One eRead Canada campaign. Along with other participating libraries across Canada, the Okanagan Regional Library will make the eBook edition of Glass Beads available with no holds or waitlists all month long, borrow it from the ORL eBooks Collection, https://orl.overdrive.com.
May 27, 2019
Friends of the Westbank Library holds Annual Book Sale from May 24-26
Friends of the Westbank Library are holding their annual book sale with thousands of books for adults and children, magazines, DVDs and more at the Heritage Retirement Residence, 3630 Brown Road, West Kelowna. Times are Friday, May 24 - 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Saturday, May 25 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; and Sunday, May 26 – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Funds raised support year-round programs and services at the Westbank Branch and Westside Learning Lab.
May 21, 2019
Great news for super-readers!
Beginning May 1, we are increasing the number of digital books you can borrow at a time from the ORL eBooks collection. You will be able to borrow up to 8 digital books at a time, and you will be able to place requests on up to 8 digital books at time.
April 30, 2019
30th Annual Vernon Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Vernon Friends of the Library will be holding its 30th annual book sale May 2-4 at the Vernon Curling Rink, 3400 39th Avenue.
April 18, 2019
Kelowna Friends of Library: Winter Book Sale, Sunday February 24
Funds raised support year-round baby, children's & teens programming and Summer Reading Club; programming for adults, book clubs, guest speakers & author events, special new facilities and more ... at Mission, Kelowna and Rutland branch libraries of the Okanagan Regional Library.
February 20, 2019
ORL's Westside Learning Lab Grand Opening on February 23rd
Okanagan Regional Library is officially opening the doors to the Westside Learning Lab serving the Westbank and West Kelowna community on February 23rd at 10am.
January 16, 2019
Okanagan Regional Library is opening a second location on the Westside.
The focus of this new location is on learning, technology, and community partnership and will benefit many people and organizations on the Westside. The Westside Learning Lab will feature bookable community space and meeting rooms for events, programs and gatherings.
December 12, 2018
Service at the Salmon Arm Library to be limited due to renovations.
Starting Monday, December 17th, customers are welcome to pick up holds, browse from a small selection of items, and return their materials. Majority of the library will remain closed due to the renovations. We apologize for any inconvenience but look forward to seeing you when we reopen on January 10th.
December 11, 2018
30th Great Okanagan Book Sale
Kelowna Friends of the Library are holding their 30th Annual Book Sale from November 8th-10th. FOLs foremost commitment is to support children’s literacy via Summer Reading Club, with funding ($5,945 in 2018) for contests, prizes, crafts, workshops & guest presenters. Funds are also devoted towards year-round programming for children, teens and adults to keep our libraries lively & relevant.
November 05, 2018
Sign With Me an ASL Story-Time at the Library
Okanagan Regional Library received a $7,400 grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation for a Sign With Me Story Time. The ASL story-time is a 90-minute library program for preschool to early elementary children and their families.
September 11, 2018
ORL Board Meeting | September
At the September 5th meeting of the Okanagan Regional Library Board of Trustees, the Board was introduced to Jeremy Sundin, ORL's new Chief Financial Officer. Sundin comes to the Library following several years as the Director of Finance for the Village of Lumby.
September 06, 2018
Do you love Listening to Free Classical Music?
Naxos Music Library added to the Okanagan Regional Library's digital offerings. Now available for streaming at the click of a mouse! Naxos Music Library – is the world's largest online classical music library. As of September 2013, it offers streaming access to over 87,000 CDs with over 1.275 million tracks. On average, over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.
June 18, 2018
Don Nettleton Appointed New CEO of Okanagan Regional Library
Okanagan Regional Library has announced the appointment of Don Nettleton as their new CEO. After Stephanie Hall resigned her position as CEO for personal reasons, Nettleton was selected by the board of directors to become an Interim CEO while ORL looked for a new leader. Nettleton became the successful applicant for the CEO position and has officially assumed responsibilities as of Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018.
May 23, 2018
ORL Board Approves Annual Report Highlighting Increasing Library Usage
he Library Maker Crew showed off the newly acquired 3D Printer and introduced the exciting potential of this new technology and its possibilities. The Library Maker Crew will visit all 29 branches of the ORL beginning in June and will run through to September allowing all communities to have equal access to this fantastic technology. Details and date of each branch visit will be provided once finalized.
May 17, 2018
New Head Librarian at the Kelowna Branch of the ORL
Chris Stephenson is no stranger to the Okanagan. On the way to his last position as Head Librarian of the Bancroft Public Library in Ontario, Chris drove through Kelowna and said to himself, “One day I’d like to work for the Okanagan Regional Library system.” And two years later, here he is.
April 05, 2018
New Hours for the Lumby Library
In response to patron feedback, the Lumby branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours. Effective Tuesday, March 6th 2018, the new library open hours will be as follows:
February 27, 2018
New Hours for the Okanagan Falls Library
In response to patron feedback obtained in person and through a locally distributed survey, the Okanagan Falls branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours. Effective Thursday, March 1st, the new library open hours will be as follows:
February 19, 2018
Silver Creek Library New Hours
In response to patron feedback and funding limitations, the Silver Creek branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours. Effective Tuesday, January 23rd 2018, the new library open hours will be as follows:
January 22, 2018
Keremeos Library New Hours
The Keremeos branch of the Okanagan Regional Library will have new open hours effective Thursday, February 1st 2018, the new library open hours will be as follows:
January 22, 2018
The Okanagan Regional Library’s CEO is sailing away
Stephanie Hall has been the CEO since February of 2013, but come March, she will be resigning in order to sail around the world on the tallship Picton Castle. This is not the first time Hall has taken an offshore sailing voyage, having sailed from Seville, Spain to Victoria BC aboard the topsail schooner Pacific Swift at the age of 20. “It was a difficult decision”, said Hall, “as the team at the ORL has been stellar, and the work our staff do in communities is so important. But I’ve wanted to do a total circumnavigation for a long time, and the best time to pursue your dreams is never ‘in a few years’.”
January 10, 2018
Library Open Hours Survey | Okanagan Falls Branch
The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is considering a change in Okanagan Falls Branch open hours. ORL is seeking community feedback on an optimum open time.
December 04, 2017
Library Open Hours Survey | Lumby and Golden Branches
Lumby and Golden Branches of the Okanagan Regional Library are asking for the public’s assistance in determining which open library hours would best serve the community’s needs.
December 04, 2017
ORL Patrons, We Would Like to Hear From You!
The ORL would like to know learn about what collections and resources you like using in the eLibrary, www.orl.bc.ca/elibrary, and to hear what you would like to see the ORL offer. Please helps us out by taking a short, 3-minute survey.
November 20, 2017
ORL Re-Brand Launch
Okanagan Regional Library will reveal its new brand and will hold a community event to showcase the renovations done to the branch.
November 09, 2017
Rutland Library ASL Story Time
Okanagan Regional Library has been awarded a Central Okanagan Foundation grant to continue it's Americal Sign Language Story Time program at the Rutland Library. The Central Okanagan Foundation is a community foundation providing an ongoing contribution to the quality of life in our community through building endowments, grant making and community leadership. We bring donors and charities together to provide for the needs of the community today, tomorrow and forever.
September 13, 2017
Change in ORL’s Wi-Fi hours
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.
August 11, 2017
Mission Library Open on Sunday
Beginning Sunday, July 30th Mission Library will be open every Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm, and on Wednesdays, it will remain open until 8 pm.
July 07, 2017
Peachland Library Now Open
We repaired the walls, installed new windows, changed the carpet and replaced damaged furniture. Our spirits are high, and we can't wait to see you in the Library.
June 16, 2017
Peachland Library Update
The Peachland Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library is currently temporarily closed for repairs.
May 04, 2017
Funding Reduction Effects on the Keremeos Branch of the ORL
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.
May 04, 2017
Library Services Survey for the Silver Creek community
February 17, 2017
Oliver branch is open with limited services, restoration continues
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 access to our full library collection and services will return to normal on Tuesday, February 7.
January 26, 2017
Flooding temporarily closes Oliver branch
Due to flooding, the Oliver library branch is closed January 20, and re-opening with limited service January 21 for hold pickups and item returns.
January 20, 2017
Digital Books and More to Enjoy Over the Holidays
Though library branches may be closed over the holidays, our online library is always open! Stay cozy and warm inside while delighting in free movies, magazines, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more – all available through your library website with library membership.
December 20, 2016
Do you live in Silver Creek? Complete our Library Services Survey
December 12, 2016
Closure Begins December 18 to revitalize Kelowna Library
December 05, 2016
Sicamous Residents - Tell Us what Hours You Prefer for Library Service
November 21, 2016
A Fresh New Look for the ORL eBooks Collection
November 02, 2016
Summerland Library is Award-Winning
November 01, 2016
Armstrong Library on the Move
October 26, 2016
Celebrate Library Month & Win a Book
October 14, 2016
Remarkable Growth During Year at new Summerland Library
October 05, 2016
Your New Online Experience is Here!
Your New Online Experience has been up for a few days and here are answers to some common questions, and a few other notes...
September 26, 2016
Introducing PressReader - Free Online Newspaper and Magazines!
Your online experience with the ORL just keeps getting better with the addition of “PressReader”, the world’s largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk. ORL members now have free access to full content digital replicas of more than 4,000 publications from all over the world, such as the Globe and Mail, the Washington Post, and the Daily Mail.
May 15, 2016