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An Important Message from the Okanagan Regional Library About A New Computer System and Some Service Interruptions September 8, 2014

The ORL is switching over to a new computer system on October 6th, 2014.

There will be some new learning for both staff and patrons and some service interruptions during the transition – so please be patient.


This system, called Polaris, controls all aspects of the movement of items in our libraries as well as patron accounts at the library and at home. It will allow for

better workflow for staff, enable the public to register for programs on-line, make searching for e-books much simpler, and allow us to connect with and promote our community partners.


The new catalogue will have many of the same features as our current catalogue, including:

  • renewing your items, placing requests,
  • keeping reading lists
  • maintaining a reading history of items you have checked out.


Your existing username, private booklists (“My Shelves” in the Enhanced Catalogue), reading history, and any saved searches will be moved to your account in the new catalogue.

We will have help guides to get you started with the new catalogue, both in branches and on our website. Library staff will also be available to answer your questions in the branch, or you can email info@orl.bc.ca.


There will be interruptions in service as we move data from the old system to the new computer system. You will still be able to take out books during the transition period!


For a two week period, from September 22 – October 5, you will not be able to place holds.

For a one week period, from September 29 – October 5, these services will be unavailable:

  • Placing holds
  • Renewing material
  • Paying for fines
  • Returning books


All book drops will be closed. Staff can accept library material returned to them in person, but are not able to check in the items.

Our online resources (ebooks, databases) should function, but interruptions may occur. Internet access will still be available.


To help our customers through this period, we will be extending our loan periods to ensure nothing will be due during our transition. We ask our customers, if at all possible, to hang onto their materials from September 29 – October 8. We will be fully operational on-line starting October 6th, with staggered re-entry at the branches.


Please be patient with us. Our goal is to serve you better.


For up-to-date information on the new system, please visit our website frequently. Please direct any questions or concerns to info@orl.bc.ca.


Thank you!

August 26, 2014

Okanagan Regional Library has received official support from the District of Summerland Council for their plans for a new library building in Summerland.

After an extensive public consultation with patrons and other interested stakeholders in Summerland, an initial design was drafted by architects from Urban Arts Architecture. These plans were supported by district staff and the Summerland Design Committee, resulting in a successful presentation and adoption by council at their August 25th meeting.

Board Chair Catherine Lord was pleased with the evening’s results. “We knew going into this project that the District of Summerland was committed to streamlining the approval process as much as possible to meet our aggressive timelines, and we also knew that by doing our homework and coming up with an excellent, community-supported design we would make council’s job easy. We have an excellent team led by ORL Finance Manager Don Nettleton, along with Tango Management.”

The plans include ample meeting space within the library for a variety of uses, a special teens area and an outdoor reader’s terrace.

Library patron Linda Noble is excited about the new plans. “We need more space and we need it yesterday!” she exclaimed. “I really like the community area and I’m excited about the self-checkouts. It will be great for the librarians to have a quiet place for themselves to take proper breaks, and also more room for books and cds. I love that the library is going on Main Street – this will really dress up downtown Summerland and make it easier for newcomers to find the library.”

The entire project will be paid for by the Okanagan Regional Library from their building reserve funds, on land that was purchased from local landowners, Sean and Colleen Greenwood, and the District of Summerland.

Safety fencing will be going up around the site on September 2nd and demolition of the existing buildings will commence shortly. An official ground-breaking ceremony will be held in mid-September.

Questions about this project can be directed to Michele Rule, Communications Manager for the Okanagan Regional Library, at mrule@orl.bc.ca.

ORL Photo Contest! July 8, 2014

We are redesigning our Friends of the Library Book Bags and your photo could be featured!

Send in your photo, along with your name, phone number and the place where the photo was taken.

All entries must be in to mrule@orl.bc.ca by Friday, August 29th at 4 pm.

Digital photos must be 300 dpi at 8" by 10" with a maximum file size of 10 megabytes.

Entrants must be registered ORL library card holders. Photos must portray a location within the ORL service area.

Each entry will go into a random draw for a $50 gift card to the book store of your choice. If your photo is chosen for the bookbag, you will be credited on the bag and will receive 5 bookbags.

Good luck everyone and we look forward to seeing all of your amazing pictures!

Summer Reading Club Kicks Off With a Lot of Funny Business! June 23, 2014

Branches throughout the Okanagan Regional Library district are now taking registration for the 2014 Summer Reading Club!

There will be a lot of funny business going on this summer for kids aged 5 to 12. Best of all – it’s free!


No need for kids to be bored this summer. Registration in the ORL Summer Reading Club includes an awesome reading log, chances to win great prizes, lots of special events including magician Leif David, and great programs in the library to help your kids enjoy the world of reading. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club is “Funny Business” and our librarians have developed a summer full of opportunities for your kids to laugh out loud. Find out more information about Summer Reading Club here, and discover the details in your area here.

Travelling around a bit this summer? Kids are welcome to drop in at any branch of the ORL to take out books, get stickers on their reading logs and participate in the special events. Please note that some events require preregistration because of space restraints. Please call the branch to preregister your child

Some branches are also offering teen reading clubs and preschool storytimes – check out your branch page for more information.

We hope your kids have a lot of fun at the library this summer!

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