COVID-19 Safety at the ORL

Keeping our libraries safe, and open, is a joint effort by Okanagan Regional Library Management, Staff, and Our Valued Customers. Work with us to keep our libraries safe!


A mask fitting securely over the nose and mouth of a person

How to Safely Visit Your Library

Follow these guidelines:

  • Masks are REQUIRED by the Public Health Office. Masks must be worn in public indoor spaces by everyone aged 5 and over
  • Please do not visit the library if you are experiencing any respiratory or other COVID symptoms.
  • Follow good hand hygiene – sanitizer is available in all of our branches.
  • Follow good cough etiquette – cough or sneeze into your sleeve, immediately dispose of tissues in a garbage receptacle, wash your hands for 20 seconds or disinfect with hand sanitizer after coughing.
  • We encourage customers to use our self-checkout machines whenever possible.

Thank you. Your cooperation helps us keep our libraries safe and open at this challenging time.


ORL Safety Procedures

  • We are now fully open. Some services, such as room bookings and library programming will be gradually re-introduced in Step 3 and Step 4 of the BC Restart Plan.
  • Limited capacity: we have established a maximum number of people who can be in each library at a time.
  • ORL staff will continue to wear masks on the public floor at this time. Acrylic barriers remain in place at all service points.
  • ORL staff are following health screening and safe hygiene practices.
  • ORL continues with increased cleaning of our libraries, with increased janitorial service, and cleaning of high touch points during open hours.