Phase 3: Browse & Borrow

Welcome back to the library!

We are in the Browse & Borrow phase of our Phased Re-opening Plan. All library locations are open! (Exception: Our UBCO location remains closed to the public until further notice). 

Watch our Browse & Borrow Video

Watch our Browse & Borrow Video


We are excited to have you back!  Please help us by:

  • Keeping physical distance of two metres between you and others
  • Using hand sanitizer provided when entering and leaving our facilities
  • Wearing a mask. Masks are expected to be worn in all public spaces in BC, as advised by the the Public Health Office. 
  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Refraining from touching your face
  • Staying home if you are ill
  • Using our self-checkout machines to borrow your items
  • Returning your items in our external book drops


We are ending the 72 hour quarantine period for returned library materials

Guidelines for libraries and library visitors, issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), state that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on library materials is very low, and that evidence does not require libraries to quarantine or disinfect their items.  Given this guidance the ORL will no longer be quarantining library material.  This not only frees up library space for better purposes, it also frees up staff time and reduces the number of times staff are handling items.


We are still keeping you and our staff as safe as possible by:

  • Increasing cleaning and sanitization in all branches
  • Limiting the number of people inside, to support physical distancing
  • Supporting hand hygiene by providing sanitizer at each library entrance
  • Providing longer loan periods as some customers may wish to quarantine their borrowed material at home. (Most items are a 4-week loan. DVDs in our Feature Films collection and books in our QuickRead Collection are a 2-week loan.)
  • Masks are expected to be worn in all public spaces in BC, as advised by the the Public Health Office.
  • Minimizing cash handling. We are temporarily not charging late fees. If you wish to pay any library fees, please pay online through your library account
  • Ensuring safe working procedures and PPE are in place for staff.


Our COVID-19 Safety Plan

Okanagan Regional Library has completed a COVID-19 Safety Plan in accordance with WorkSafe BC. 

View the complete Safety Plan


What is NOT available in the library branch during this phase?

  • Newspapers and microfilm readers
  • Meeting and Study Rooms
  • Children’s toys/manipulatives
  • Seating/chairs. (We are working towards introducing some seating areas with time limits in some branches. Contact your local branch.)
  • In-branch events and programming (see our Events Calendar for online and at-home programming)
  • Exam invigilation is a limited service. Please contact your local branch to see if they are able to offer it.