Okanagan Regional Library
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The Okanagan Regional Library, or ORL, has been open since 1936.

It continues today to offer an immense free selection of resources to anyone who enters its doors.

It actually serves a population of over 360,000 people in 29 branches over a large area and is one of the most used of all BC libraries.

It is also the 16th largest library in Canada.

Membership is free to anyone living within the library region. All you need is a library card which will give you access to all of its resources. Here is a list of some of them.

a branch of the Okanagan Regional Library
  • Free internet access at any of its branches. Computer workstations and wireless are available.

  • Join an online book club.

  • Adult and children programs.

  • Huge selection of feature film and television series DVD titles to choose from.

  • The newest in music CD releases and a huge collection of CDs for anyone's musical taste.

  • Audiobooks and ebooks.

  • Special services available to members. Print disabled, people living in remote areas of the region, and material wanted in other languages are included in these services.

    This list is in addition to the selection the library has in its fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, newspapers and reference materials.

    So go into one of your local branches today and ask for a BC Library OneCard. This will give you access to any of the public libraries in British Columbia.

    This is one card that could come in very handy!

    History Of The
    Regional Library

    The Okanagan Regional Library celebrated its 75 year anniversary in March of 2011.

    There have been some significant events that have occurred in this time.

  • 1935 A referendum was put to 60 municipalities and unorganized areas of the Okanagan asking voters if they wanted to participate in a library system. The majority of the people voted "Yes".

  • 1936 The Okanagan Union Library was formed and the first board meeting was held. The permanent headquarters were set up in Kelowna, BC.

  • 1953 The Okanagan Union Library name was changed to the Okanagan Regional Library.

  • Centennial celebrations led to new libraries being built in Penticton in 1965, Vernon in 1966, Oliver in 1967 and Armstrong and Summerland in 1968.

  • 1967 Bookmobile service began out of the Salmon Arm branch in the Shuswap region of BC.

  • Music cassette tapes were added to the ORL collection.

  • 1990 The ORL began automation with a computer-based catalog and circulation tracking system.

  • 1991 The bookmobile service ended because of automation of services.

  • 1999 The Okanagan Regional Library launched its own website.

  • 2007 The catalog and circulation tracking system was upgraded.

  • 2010 Plans for a new library in Vernon were finalized. This 30,000 square foot branch will be almost three times the existing site! Completion is scheduled for early 2012.

  • 2010 The ORL re-designed its website.

    The 29 branches of the Okanagan Regional Library are spread out in quite a large area.

    These are not just in the Okanagan Valley but in some of the other regions of BC.

    Here is a list of all the branches available in the different communities.

    • Armstrong
    • Cherryville
    • Enderby
    • Falkland (Shuswap region)
    • Golden (Columbia region)
    • Hedley (Similkameen region)
    • Kelowna
    • Keremeos (Similkameen region)
    • Lake Country
    • Lumby
    • Mission (neighborhood in Kelowna)
    • Naramata North Shuswap (in Scotch Creek, BC)
    • Okanagan Falls
    • Oliver Osoyoos Oyama
    • Peachland
    • Penticton
    • Princeton (Similkameen region)
    • Revelstoke (Columbia region)
    • Rutland (neighborhood in Kelowna)
    • Sicamous (Shuswap region)
    • Salmon Arm (Shuswap region)
    • Silver Creek (branch in Salmon Arm)
    • South Shuswap (in Blind Bay, BC)
    • Summerland
    • Vernon
    • Westbank

    If you have not visited one of your local Okanagan Regional Library branches in awhile why not head down and check it out.

    There is a world of information and so much more to explore.

    And it is all "FREE"!

    Okanagan Valley Guide will be updated regularly. Please return often or bookmark this site. I will be adding more pages of exciting information for you.

    Thanks for visiting.

    See you soon!

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