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ORL Board Approves Annual Report Highlighting Increasing Library Usage

by ORL News | May 17, 2018
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The 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. 
 
Interm CEO Don Nettleton highlighted key projects including:
- Opening of a new ORL self-service point at  UBCO in the fall of 2018
- Opening of a new Westside Learning Center in the fall of 2018 in the Okanagan Lake Shopping Center just over the bridge at the intersection of Westside Rd and Highway 97.
 
The Board Approved an Access Card pilot project as a new type of membership, which helps individuals with no fixed address or proof of residence gain access to library services. 
 
2017 Annual Report Key Figures:
- 165,243 Patrons attended ORL programs and used Library meeting spaces — a 79% increase since 2012
        - 1,602,829 Patrons walked through our doors
        - 1,199,074 Number of times patrons logged on to use wifi. A 10% increase since 2016
        - 595,395 PressReader articles read — a 44% increase since 2016
        - 2,254,985 Patrons visited the ORL website
        - Internet speed doubled in 21 ORL branches
        - 2,857,273 Books, magazines and other materials borrowed

The 2017 Audited Financial Statements:
Auditors BDO Canada reported that the ORL’s revenues and expenses were very close to what was budgeted and consistent with previous years resulting in an $8,586 deficit. Total revenues for the regional library system were slightly higher than the previous year, totalling $18,194,538 with expenses coming to $18,203,124. 
 
Full Annual Report can be accessed by visiting the following link:
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