The Okanagan Regional Library [ORL] will soon begin reopening its branches with browse and borrow access. During this time, patrons will be able to enter the library, browse our collection, use socially distanced computers and borrow materials unlike how the library functioned before COVID-19.
During the browse & borrow stage, meeting rooms, meeting spaces, study rooms, public seating, and other gathering areas in the library will be closed to the public. The public will be encouraged to select materials quickly, check them out using our self-checkouts, and leave to allow others to enter. Okanagan Regional Library will also limit the number of patrons allowed in the library at once. Our online programming, including the ever-popular children’s summer reading club which this year has gone virtual, will continue.
As Don Nettleton, CEO notes”While our curbside delivery service which has been running since early June has proven to be very popular (over the first couple of weeks we checked in over 75,000 physical items and re-loaned almost 80,000 new ones), we know that the public is anxious to enter Library space once again, browse for their favourite materials, and use our computers to access the web and other needed online services. We ask that when the library opens for our phase 3 Browse and Borrow service that visitors follow the outlined process and rules so that everybody stays healthy and safe..”
Changing over to phase 3 Browse and Borrow service will happen gradually within our 30 branches throughout July, replacing the curbside services. The Okanogan regional library staff are looking forward to seeing you in your library again while maintaining safe social distances.
Exact dates of changeover and adjusted hours of operation will be posted over the next few weeks as details get finalized at orl.bc.ca