Okanagan Regional Library opened most of its library branches for Browse & Borrow service. People can now enter the library and browse the library’s collection and self-checkout books, DVDs, and other materials.
ORL is closely following the direction and recommendations from the Public Health Authority and WorkSafeBC. ORL has taken the following steps to ensure the safety of its staff and patrons:
- Risk assessments have been completed by each library to determine mitigation strategies to minimize risks where possible.
- ORL posted signage to advise on safety protocols for staff and public to follow
- Public computers in the libraries have been moved to ensure physical distancing.
- Acrylic barriers have been installed at the desks.
- Hand sanitizing stations have been set up in each branch for patron use as they enter the buildings.
- Books are to be returned at the external book return areas only and will be quarantined for 72 hours.
- All libraries have set occupancy limits. These limits are posted at the library entrance for the public to see.
- Visitors to the library are encouraged to wear a mask.
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. Customers are encouraged to select materials quickly, check them out using our self-checkouts if possible, and leave to allow others to enter. Our online programming—including the ever-popular children’s summer reading club, which this year has gone virtual—will continue. Visit our website www.orl.bc.ca for details on virtual programming and other online services.
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 visitors follow the outlined process and rules so that everybody stays healthy and safe.”
The Okanagan regional library staff are looking forward to seeing you in your library again while maintaining safe social distances.
About the ORL
Established in 1936, the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is the 16th largest library system in Canada, serving over 400,000 residents through 31 branches. It covers 59,600 square kilometers of some of the most beautiful territories in BC, stretching from Golden in the Rockies to Osoyoos in the heart of the Okanagan wine and fruit growing areas. The system is staffed by energetic and committed people who have begun the shift to a more learning and technology-focused service.