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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
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