Public input sought on future library services in Kelowna

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KELOWNA - As the next step in Okanagan Regional Library’s (ORL) strategic planning process, members of the public are invited to a design charrette and “idea lab” to provide input and feedback on future library services in the City of Kelowna.

This drop-in event will be held in the 2nd floor Great Room at the downtown Kelowna branch at 1380 Ellis Street from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 5. This event will include information about library trends around the world plus possible options for renovating the downtown Kelowna branch.

“The world is changing, and so are we. Our library Board and staff working group have been working hard over the past few months developing ideas and themes for change”, says ORL CEO Stephanie Hall. “Now we want to hear the voices of our community – both library users and non-users.”

Some libraries are providing increased access to new technologies, such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, self-publishing machines, and video and sound recording equipment. With the digital evolution, space previously used for physical items can be re-purposed to include such machines as well as more meeting and community use space.

These are some of the concepts being considered for the downtown Kelowna library, first built in 1996. Urban Arts Architecture will be at Thursday’s event with design concepts and to answer questions. 

All members of the public are invited to share their opinions; refreshments will be served.

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