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Holiday Closure at the Library December 3, 2014

All branches of the ORL will be closed during the holiday season beginning Wednesday, December 24 through Friday, January 2, 2015.  Branches will reopen on Saturday, January 3 or thereafter depending on their normal operating hours.

Ensure you stock up on your books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and enjoy the extended loan periods that are in place.

Beginning Wednesday, December 3, all items that have a three week loan period will extend to a five week loan.  Starting December 15, items that normally loan for one week will be given a three week loan period. All book return bins will be locked during our closure, so please wait to return your items until our library branches reopen. 

Even though our doors and bins will be locked, our virtual library is open 24/7 where you can use the catalogue, as well as borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, or eMagazines from our digital collections.  Don’t forget to explore some of our amazing, always available online resources which can help you learn a language, fix a car, or tile a bathroom floor -- click here to check them out.  Please ensure you have a valid library card and know your PIN/password before we close so you can sign in to use these online resources.

The staff at Okanagan Regional Library wish all our patrons the very best during this holiday season and look forward to serving you in the New Year.

100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten November 28, 2014

The Okanagan Regional Library is pleased to announce a wonderful way to make sure your child enjoys some of the best children’s books available at the library!

Beautiful booklists of 100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten are available at all library branches for parents and caregivers.  

These booklists have a  literature-based activity and a small prize associated with them. Each book on the list was carefully selected by youth services librarians from across the region.


Parents and caregivers are encouraged to do the following activities with their children aged 0 to 5:

  • Read all 100 books listed and check them off as they do (there is no time limit).
  • Attend at least one storytime at your local library branch.
  • Get a library card for your child.

Once these activities are  completed, go to your library branch to show the booklist to a staff member and receive a small prize  for your family.


Early exposure to books and reading have a multiplying effect on children’s success throughout their school years. Why not enjoy reading with your child now and install that life-long love of reading in them!

Special thanks to the Friends of the Library who have generously covered much of the cost for this fun initiative.

Click here for more information about programs at the library for  babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

ORL Mobile App Replaced with Mobile Catalogue November 6, 2014

As a part of the transition to the new library computer system, and to save on costs to the library, the Okanagan Regional Library will discontinue the use of the ORL Mobile App in favour of the new Mobile Catalogue. Beginning November 17th, the ORL Mobile App will be removed from the app stores, and there will be no longer be a separate app to download to your smartphone or tablet.


The ORL’s Mobile Catalogue is optimised to function on any smartphone or tablet with a modern web browser.

The Mobile Catalogue is available at http://ipac.orl.bc.ca/mobile . Library patrons can save this web page to the home screen of a smartphone or tablet for quick access.

Your experience using the Mobile Catalogue on a smartphone or tablet will be very similar to your experience with the full catalogue website on desktop computers, but optimised to fit the smaller screen.

You will be able to access the same great features as on the full catalogue website including…

  • Searching for items in the catalogue, now including advanced options so you can search by title, subject, or other areas
  • Renewing your items
  • Placing Hold Requests and suspending your Requests
  • Viewing and adding items to your Lists

In Winter 2015, you will be also be getting a new Library website, which will be optimised for viewing on your smartphone, tablet or computer, so you can take the ORL with you wherever you go!


Thanks for trying out the new mobile catalogue! If you run into any difficulties, please stop in at your local branch.



Correction notice: This News Story, originally published on Nov. 6, has been updated on Dec. 1 to correct the information about the launch of the new ORL website.

Summerland New Branch Building Update November 4, 2014

Looking for more information about the new Summerland Library Branch?

Find out more here: New Branch

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