COVID-19: OC Library information and updates

Fall 2020 Update

With the start of the fall semester, OC Library will continue to offer access to a wide range of online services and resources. We will also be providing limited in-person services at our four campus libraries, by appointment only.

Continuing Services

  • Digital learning and research resources are available through the OCtopus library search engine, library research databases, and other tools on the library website
  • Items from the physical collection may be obtained via Delivery on Demand and delivered electronically, or in-person.
  • Research assistance is available on-demand via Zoom and live chat, asynchrously via email, and by appointment via LibCal
  • Faculty/instructors can book online information literacy instruction sessions for their classes by contacting their liaison librarian
  • Through Talis Aspire, the Library is offering an online resource list service (a.k.a. online reserves) to faculty and instructors that facilitates the creation of digital reading/resource lists in Moodle. Faculty and instructors can create lists themselves or request that the Library create lists for them via this form

New Services

Starting on September 8th (September 14th in Kelowna), campus libraries will be offering limited in-person services to students and employees, for the primary purposes of:

  • access to individual study space and computer workstations, with strict occupancy limits controlled by the LibCal appointment booking system
  • access to books and other items in physical collections by scheduled pickup or delivery (i.e. no browsing in the stacks), also to be controlled using LibCal
  • limited availability of individual and small group consultation sessions with librarians and Kelowna Learning Centre coordinators, although online meetings will be preferred

Library opening hours (by appointment only) are as follows:

  • Kelowna: Monday-Friday, 8-6; Saturday, 11-3
  • Penticton: Monday-Friday, 8-7; Saturday, 9:30-5:30
  • Salmon Arm: Monday-Thursday, 10-6; Friday, 9-4; Saturday, 10-2
  • Vernon: Monday-Thursday, 9-6; Friday, 9-4; Saturday, 10-3

Of note, services that will not be available include access to student meeting rooms, short-term laptop loans for students, and short-term reserve loans.

For more information about library services, please contact your liaison librarian, or Ross Tyner, Director of Library Services.

Book returns are OPEN on all campuses. Notices have been sent to users to return overdue items. Please return materials to campus drop boxes. If you have returned materials and you are still receiving overdue e-mail notifications, please ignore these messages. 

College-wide COVID-19 information can be found here.

"The Library promotes student success through the development of critical thinking and independent research skills, and advances teaching and learning by supporting instruction and professional development."

The mission of library staff is to provide library services, information resources, and facilities of the highest quality for students and faculty/instructors in support of the educational mission of Okanagan College. 

Okanagan College Library serves four separate campuses with one collection, and daily deliveries among the library centres during academic terms. Access to the library collection is through the online catalogue and OCtopus. The catalogue and online resources can be accessed from any computer at home or on-campus. The Library's collection includes approximately 300,000 books, e-books, videos, government documents, journals, full-text e-journals, and other materials selected to support programs and courses at Okanagan College. Through the Library website, users can find articles, statistics, and government documents.

Interlibrary loan services provide Okanagan College students, faculty, and staff with access to materials not held by the Library. Library users have the ability to renew items over the phone or online, as well as place requests, and holds. Study space, Internet workstations, photocopiers, scanners, microfilm/fiche reader-printers, and equipment for viewing media are provided in each Campus Library. Experienced reference staff are available to help students and faculty as individuals or groups. Librarians provide information literacy instruction, and guidance on finding and accessing print and electronic information sources. Instruction in research skills is provided at all levels from introductory to advanced, across a wide range of program areas.

For distance education students registered in an Okanagan College credit course, library service is available by email or phone. Material is mailed free of charge.

The mission of library staff is to provide library services, information resources, and facilities of the highest quality for students and faculty/instructors in support of the educational mission of Okanagan College. Service priority is given to students and faculty. Members of the public are welcome to use the collections and facilities. Community borrower cards are available to members of the public.

Okanagan College Library's Year-at-a-Glance presents an annual report that highlights some of the accomplishments and initiatives that have taken place over the last year. 

Library Hours

Campus libraries are open with limited in-person services. Limited study and computer space can be booked online. Book drops are open on each campus for returning materials.  The Library is  offering  services to students, faculty and instructors via chat, e-mail, and online video appointments. 
 

Connect with a Librarian

Librarians at Okanagan College run an active instructional program committed to providing information literacy skills in support of developing information literate and lifelong learners. Librarians are available for in-class research instruction and for one-on-one appointments with students and staff. Services include campus library tours, general orientations , and in-depth research instruction for students.

Locate your course or program subject area from the menu below and then find your corresponding subject librarian to contact directly. 

Subject Librarians by Department

Department

Adult Academic & Career Preparation (AACP)
Adult Special Education (ASE)
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Animation
Anthropology 
Automotive Collision Repair
Biology
BSN Year 1 & 2 (Nursing)
Business Administration
Certified Dental Assistant
Chemistry 
Civil Engineering Technology 
Commercial Aviation 
Communications
Computer Science 
Construction Trades 
Continuing Studies
Criminology (Criminal & Social Justice)
Culinary Arts
Early Childhood Education 
Economics
Electrical Trades
Electronic Engineering Technology
English
English Language
Fine Arts

Department

Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies
Geography & Earth and Environmental Science (EESC)
Heavy Duty / Commercial Transport Mechanic
History
Health Care Assistant
Human Kinetics
Human Service Work
Indigenous Studies
Mathematics & Statistics 
Mechanical Building Trades
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Modern Languages
Motor Vehicle Trades
Network & Telecommunications Engineering Technology
Office Administration
Pharmacy Technician
Philosophy
Physics & Astronomy
Political Science
Practical Nursing
Psychology
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
Social Work
Sociology
Sustainable Construction Management
Therapist Assistant
Trades Technology Teacher Education
Water Quality & Environmental Engineering Technology (WET)
Welding
Wine & Viticulture

Reference Services by Appointment

Research and citation help from a librarian.

Live Reference Services

Chat with a librarian through AskAway for immediate assistance.

Okanagan College Librarians

Ross Tyner

Director of Library Services & Copyright Officer
Campus: Kelowna
Library - Ross Tyner

Ross Tyner is the Director of Library Services and the College Copyright Officer. 

Credentials:
MLS

Gilbert Bede

Systems, Data, & GIS Librarian
Campus: Kelowna
Library - Gilbert Bede

Gilbert's Liaison/Subject areas:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • NTEN Tech
  • Political Science
  • WET

Credentials:
MLIS

Eva Gavaris

Campus Librarian, Penticton
Campus: Penticton
Library - Eva Gavaris

Eva's liaison/subject areas:

  • Criminology & Social Justice
  • History 
  • Human Kinetics
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • SCMT
  • Wine & Viticulture

Credentials:
MLIS

David Gill

Learning Services Librarian
Campus: Kelowna

David's liaison/subject areas:

  • Communications
  • English Language (EL)
  • TESL

Credentials:
MLIS

Greg Hutton

Collections & Cataloguing Librarian
Campus: Kelowna

Greg's liaison/subject areas:

  • Animation
  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • English
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Philosophy

Credentials:
MLIS

Roen Janyk

Web Services Librarian & Department Chair
Campus: Kelowna
Library - Roen Janyk

Roen's liaison/subject areas:

  • BSN
  • Practical Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Roen is also the OCFA's non-instructional faculty representative. 

Credentials:
MLIS

Taryn Schmid

Campus Librarian, Salmon Arm
Campus: Salmon Arm

Taryn's liaison/subject areas:

  • EESC & Geography
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies

Credentials:
MLIS

Jennifer Finlay

Campus Librarian, Vernon
Campus: Vernon

Jennifer's liaison/subject areas:

  • Adult Academic & Career Preparation (AACP)
  • Adult Special Education (ASE)
  • Anthropology
  • Fine Arts
  • Human Service Work
  • Literacy
  • Modern Languages
  • Social Work

Credentials:
MLS

Jillian Sinotte

Learning Services Librarian (On Leave until April 2021)
Campus: Kelowna

Credentials:
MLIS

Michelle Ward

Campus Librarian, Kelowna
Campus: Kelowna
Library - Michelle Ward

Michelle's liaison/subject areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Eng Tech
  • Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Electronic Eng Tech
  • Mechanical Eng Tech
  • Therapist Assistant
  • Trades programs

Credentials:
PGDipLib (Australia)

Lindsay Willson

Public Services & Business Librarian
Campus: Kelowna
Library - Lindsay Willson

Lindsay's liaison/subject areas:

  • Business
  • Commercial Aviation
  • Continuing Studies
  • Economics
  • Office Administration

Credentials:
MLIS

All Library Staff

Library staff are available to help on all campus libraries in Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm, and Vernon.

Name
Contact
Lisa Allen
Library Assistant, Kelowna Campus
lallen@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4507
Nicole Arbuckle
Library Technician, Cataloguing & E-Resources
narbuckle@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4309
Conor Barnes
Library Technician, Cataloguing & Acquisitions
cbarnes@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4571
Gilbert Bede, MLIS
Systems, Data & GIS Librarian
gbede@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4761
Wanda Bruvold
Campus Library Coordinator, Salmon Arm Campus
wbruvold@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-804-8851
Terrena Buck
Library Assistant, Penticton Campus
tbuck@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-492-4305 x3228
Paula Casorso
Library Assistant, Penticton Campus
pcasorso@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-492-4305 x3228
Anne Caughlan
Library Assistant, Salmon Arm Campus
acaughlan@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-804-8851
Deborah Cutt
Campus Library Coordinator, Penticton
dmcutt@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-492-4305 x3228
Surandar Dasanjh
Library Assistant, Penticton Campus
sdasanjh@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-492-4305 x3228
Stacey Davidson
Library Assistant, Vernon Campus
sdavidson@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-545-7291 x2304
Daniel De Groot
Campus Library Coordinator, Vernon
ddegroot@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-545-7291 x2305
Jennifer Finlay, MLS
Campus Librarian, Vernon
jfinlay@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-545-7291 x2249
Eva Gavaris, MLIS
Campus Librarian, Penticton
egavaris@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-492-4305 x3224
David Gill, MLIS
Learning Services Librarian, Kelowna
dgill@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-492-4305 x4257
Erika Henfling
Library Technician, Kelowna Campus
ehenfling@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4298
Greg Hutton, MLIS
Collections & Cataloguing Librarian
ghutton@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4490
Ivan Idzan
Library Assistant, Salmon Arm Campus
iidzan@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-804-8851
Roën Janyk, MLIS
Web Services Librarian
Department Chair
rjanyk@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4660
Jennifer Matthews
Library Assistant, Kelowna Campus
jmatthews@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4750
Library Assistant, Media & Reserves (Vacant)  
Deanna Polson
Library Assistant, Vernon Campus
dpolson@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x2304
Taryn Schmid, MLIS
Campus Librarian, Salmon Arm
tschmid@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-832-2126 x8253
Joanne Shum
Campus Library Coordinator, Kelowna
jshum@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4661
Jillian Sinotte, MLIS
Learning Services Librarian, Kelowna
On leave until April 2021. 
Terry Tuck
Assistant to the Director of Library Services
ttuck@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4664
Ross Tyner, MLS
Director, Library Services
Copyright Officer
rhtyner@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4665
Bianca Valencia
Library Assistant, Vernon
bvalencia@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-545-7291 x2304
Claudia Valencia
Library Technician, Reference & ILL
cvalencia@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4293
Lisa Wakefield
Library Technician, Reference & Acquisitions
lwakefield@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4299
Michelle Ward, PGDipLib (Aust)
Campus Librarian, Kelowna
mward@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4749
Elena Wiens
Library Assistant, Kelowna Campus
ewiens@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4247/5452
Lindsay Willson, MLIS
Public Services & Business Librarian, Kelowna
lwillson@okanagan.bc.ca
P: 250-762-5445 x4624

 

Campus Libraries

Laptop Lending

To borrow a laptop through the Library (when available), the user must be an OC student with a library account in good standing. A current Library Agreement for Use of Laptop & Netbook Computers form must be on file at the circulation desk.

Laptop Loan Periods & Fees
Loan Period Rental Fees Overdue Fines
Same day Free $1.00/hour
1 day $5.00 $1.00/hour
2 days $10.00 $1.00/hour
3 days $15.00 $1.00/hour
4 days $20.00 $1.00/hour
5 to 7 days $25.00 $1.00/hour
During library closures

April through August library weekend closures (including Victoria Day, Canada Day & BC Day statutory holidays) - $5.00 (begins 4th week of April)

September through 3rd week of April – no reduced rental fees during long weekends or statutory holidays

Christmas winter break – loans not permitted

Borrowers must sign a semester-long agreement, which is renewable, prior to borrowing a laptop. Unreturned laptops will be deemed lost 24 hours after due date/time. Borrowers will be charged a repair/replacement cost plus a $20 attendant fee for damaged or lost laptops. 

Printing, Photocopying & Scanning

Library staff and lab monitors are available to assist with printing accounts. Staff are available to answer Pay-Per-Print questions including: how to add money to your account with a credit card, establishing a PayPal account, redeeming a voucher, and submitting a transfer or refund request. 

Vouchers for printing can be purchased at the circulation desk (cash only) or at the Campus Store. Vouchers come in denominations of $2, $5 and $10. Requests for jobs in colour can also be submitted. Ask at the library circulation desk or the lab monitor desk for assistance in changing the necessary printing properties. More information can be found on the Pay Per Print website

Scanning and photocopying services are available  to students.  Please see library staff or lab monitors for assistance. 

Software on Computer & IC Workstations

Computer lab software varies according to campus and the desktop chosen. IT Services maintains a searchable database of software currently available: Computer Lab Software Database

Campus Library Information

Please note, in-person library services may be limited  due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on the about us page of the Library website.

Study Room Bookings

Group study rooms are unavailable at this time. 

Kelowna Student Room Bookings Policies (when available):

  • 2 hour maximum booking per day
  • Bookings can be made no more than one week in advance

Local Area Collection

In order to preserve and make available local historical records, Okanagan College Library selects and acquires materials relating to the people and communities of the Okanagan, Similkameen, and Shuswap regions. The Local Interest Collection includes materials about the region, items published and authored by Okanagan College faculty, annual reports of local and BC businesses, magazines and newspapers of local historic importance, and maps of BC.

The Local Interest Collection is open to OC students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the community. The Collection is located in the Kelowna Campus Library, room L200 on the 2nd floor behind the Research Help Desk. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to access the Collection. More information about the Local Interest Collection can be found here.

Deakin Children's Literature Collection (3rd floor)

Dr. Barry Deakin Memorial Library College, Okanagan [University] College, Salmon Arm Campus. Dr. Deakin passed away in April 2000. His wife, Dr. Andrea Deakin, formerly a Salmon Arm resident, retired teacher, and reviewer and critic of children's books since 1971, was  instrumental in the development, recognition, and promotion of children's literature and literacy in Canada. Andrea has become one of the College's major benefactors through her generous donations of award-winning children's literature to the OC Library in Salmon Arm, in memory of her late husband, a staunch supporter of Andrea's work, and a promoter of children's literature in his own right. 

The Deakin Collection holds over 6,500 titles. In 2010 as a way to expand the use of the collection institution-wide, selected titles were been transferred to the Kelowna Campus Library. The Deakin Newsletter of Children's Literature contains written reviews by Andrea Deakin and also gives further information about this collection.

Contact Information

1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC
Canada V1Y 4X8

P: 250-862-5452 

Please note, in-person library services may be limited  due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on the about us page of the Library website.

Research Help Desk

Librarian help is available. Visit the Library website to set up an online appointment, or email the campus librarian.

Study Room Bookings

Group study rooms are unavailable at this time. 

Study room booking policies (when available):

  • 2 Hour maximum booking per day
  • Bookings cannot be made more than one week in advance

Equipment Booking

A variety of equipment can be borrowed from the Library by students and staff, including adapter cords, cameras, and tripods. Ask for assistance at the circulation desk.

Contact Us

583 Duncan Avenue West
Penticton, BC Canada
V2A 8E1

P: 250-492-4305 x3228

Please note, in-person library services may be limited  due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on the about us page of the Library website.

Services

The Salmon Arm Library provides a wide range of services that support the educational needs of students, faculty, and staff from a variety of programs including first and second university programs in the arts, sciences, and business, as well as Adult Academic and Career Preparation (adult foundational programs including adult upgrading, Literacy, Adult Special Education, ESL) and Vocational Programs, LPN, Early Childhood Education, Home Support, GIS, Trades, and more. 

Services include information literacy programs that range from individual and small group tutorials to classroom library instruction for all disciplines. It is our goal to integrate lifelong learning skills into library instruction at all levels---skills that will be carried on to future academic and employment ventures.

In the summer of 2003 the Library opened into an adjacent classroom, making room for not only the expanding collection, but also providing an open, collaborative, and dynamic space for student-centered learning including the Student Success Centre

The Deakin Collection of Children's Literature

Dr. Barry Deakin passed away in April 2000. His wife, Dr.Andrea Deakin, formerly a Salmon Arm resident, retired teacher, and reviewer and critic of children's books since 1971, was instrumental in the development, recognition, and promotion of children's literature and literacy in Canada. In memory of her late husband, Andrea became one of the College's major benefactors through her generous donations of award-winning children's literature to the OC Library in Salmon Arm. Dr. Barry Deakin was a staunch supporter of Andrea's work and a promoter of children's literature in his own right. The Deakin Collection now holds over 6,500 titles. As a means of expanding the use of the collection institution-wide, selected titles were transferred to other campus libraries in 2010.

The Deakin Newsletter of Children's Literature contains written reviews by Andrea Deakin and also provides information about this collection. 

Contact Us

2552 10 Avenue NE (TCH)
Salmon Arm, BC Canada
V1E 2S4

P: 250-804-8851 x8851

Please note, in-person library services may be limited  due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more on the about us page of the Library website.
Book a Study Room

Group study rooms are unavailable at this time. 

Equipment Bookings

Everything from LCD projectors to cameras and tripods can be booked for checkout by students and faculty. Audio Visual Material can be booked through students' MyOkanagan page under Resources and Links. Once booked, material can be picked up and returned from the Vernon Campus Library circulation desk.

Vernon Seed Library

The Kalamalka Seed Library, housed at the Vernon Campus Library of Okanagan College, first germinated in the fall of 2013. Today the seed library contains dozens of non-GMO varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds. The seed library received generous start-up grants from the Bauta Family Initiative. Mrs. Gretchen Bauta’s vision, in partnership with USC Canada and Seeds of Diversity, is to secure a thriving Canadian seed system. For our part, the Kalamalka Seed Library strives to select, save and share our best local seeds.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN estimates 75% of crop diversity has disappeared in the last century as farmers have lost their local varieties to imported, genetically uniform varieties. Thus, saving seed is critical to biodiversity and the resilience of food sources amidst diverse climates, soils and stresses. By saving and sharing our best seeds the Kalamalka Seed Library can expand seed diversity and nurture varieties for their strength and ability to adapt to changing conditions without giving up food rights to corporate owned modifications.

The Kalamalka Seed Library was represented at Vernon’s Seedy Saturday in March 2018. The response to our mandate, by local growers and seed savers, was extremely positive. With the support of knowledgeable gardeners and seed savers, the seed library will continue to promote local biodiversity and seed security.

As part of Connections in August 2018, there will be a workshop hosted at the Vernon Campus Library to acquaint participants with the seed library and its resources. The workshop will also involve a tour of Patchwork Farms, a community farm and demonstration garden overlooking Kalamalka Lake. While at Patchwork, participants will learn more about seed collecting and saving from a local, expert gardener.

Deakin Collection of Children's Literature

Dr. Barry Deakin passed away in April 2000. His wife, Dr.Andrea Deakin, formerly a Salmon Arm resident, retired teacher, and reviewer and critic of children's books since 1971, was instrumental in the development, recognition, and promotion of children's literature and literacy in Canada. In memory of her late husband, Andrea became one of the College's major benefactors through her generous donations of award-winning children's literature to the OC Library in Salmon Arm. Dr. Barry Deakin was a staunch supporter of Andrea's work and a promoter of children's literature in his own right. The Deakin Collection now holds over 6,500 titles. As a means of expanding the use of the collection institution-wide, selected titles were transferred to other campus libraries in 2010.

The Deakin Newsletter of Children's Literature contains written reviews by Andrea Deakin and also provides information about this collection. 

Contact Us

7000 College Way
Vernon, BC Canada
V1B 2N5

P: 250-545-7291 x2304

Contact Kelowna Library

1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC
Canada V1Y 4X8

P: 250-862-5452  (Circulation & Renewals)
P: 250-862-4307 (Reference & Information Desk)
P: 250-862-5445 (Switchboard)

Contact Penticton Library

583 Duncan Avenue West
Penticton, BC Canada
V2A 8E1

P:250-490-3951 (Circulation & Renewals)
P: 250-490-3951  (Reference & Information Desk)
P: 250-492-4305 (Switchboard)

Contact the Library Online

E-mail the Library

Chat online with a librarian

Contact Salmon Arm Library

2552 10 Avenue NE (TCH)
Salmon Arm, BC Canada
V1E 2S4

P: 250-804-8851 (Circulation & Renewals)
P: 250-804-8253 (Reference & Information Desk)
P: 250-832-2126  (Switchboard)

Contact Vernon Campus Library

7000 College Way
Vernon, BC Canada
V1B 2N5

P: 250-503-2654 (Circulation & Renewals) 
P: 250-503-2654 (Reference & Information Desk)
P: 250-545-7291 (Switchboard)

Library Policies

Date: Dec. 16, 2015

Purpose: To support an environment that respects and protects the privacy and personal information of OC Library users and all OC students, faculty, and staff members.

Applicable to: OC Library users, OC Library staff

Related agreements and legislation
FOIPPA (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act) BC

Related policies
Interlibrary Loan Records Management
Okanagan College E.2.3 Protection of Privacy
Okanagan College E.5.1 Use of Information Technology Resources

Related procedures
Public Services: Confidentiality and Privacy

Statement on User Privacy

OC Library values the protection of Library users’ privacy and recognizes the importance of appropriately managing the personal information of students, employees and members of the public.

OC Library users’ personal information will be collected, retained, used, and disposed of according to applicable legislation and College policy.

Development responsibility: Director of Library Services
Approval responsibility: Library Management Committee
Version history: LMC approval Dec. 16, 2015

Date: November 30, 2016

Purpose: To allow access to the Okanagan College (OC) Library collection. This policy states the borrowing expectations of both the Library and users (students, faculty and staff, and community members) to ensure this collection access.

Applicable to: students, faculty and staff, and community members.

Related agreements
FOIPPA (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act) BC
CPSLD (BC Council of Post-Secondary Library Directors) Reciprocal Borrowing Policy

Related policy
OC Library Interlibrary loan
OC Library Conduct
OC Library Confidentiality & Privacy
Okanagan College E.5.1 Use of Information Technology Resources
Okanagan College D.2.1 Student Non-Academic Conduct

Related procedure
Loan Periods, Fines & Fees
Borrowing

Policy statement

OC Library borrowing privileges are available to all current Okanagan College students, faculty/staff, as well as community members. Borrower type definitions are available under the borrower types section of the website. 

Borrowing privileges and loan periods vary according to the type of borrower. Loan periods are available under borrowing on the library website

Under special circumstances the Director of Library Services may grant borrowing privileges and Library membership to individuals and/or groups who do not otherwise meet the criteria for Library service.

Borrowers agree to familiarize themselves with and abide by these rules.

Borrowers are responsible for the care of borrowed material and return of the borrowed material to OC Library according to the due date.

  • OC Library retains the right to recall borrowed material.
  • OC Library retains the right to apply rental fees for specified material types.
  • OC Library retains the right to charge any fees for loss or damage of borrowed materials.
  • OC Library retains the right to deny borrowing privileges for outstanding fines or fees or failure to comply with either OC policies or the law.  
  • OC Library retains the right to forward delinquent accounts to a collections agency through the Financial Services Department. 

Borrowers will be charged fines for overdue items, according to the Okanagan College Library’s Loan Periods, Fines & Fees

Borrowers have the right to appeal OC Library decisions.

Development responsibility: Public Services librarians
Approval responsibility: Library Management Committee
LMC approval November 30, 2016

Date: December 4, 2015

Purpose: To support an environment that is respectful of all OC Library users and staff members, the Library collection, and Library space. This policy outlines the expected and appropriate conduct of OC Library users.

Applicable to: OC Library users, OC Library employees

Related policies
Okanagan College D.2.1 Student Non-Academic Conduct
Okanagan College E.2.1 Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Policy
Okanagan College E.2.2 Violent and Threatening Behaviour
Okanagan College E.2.5 Code of Ethical Practices Policy (for Employees)
Okanagan College E.5.1 Use of Information Technology Resources
OC Library Borrowing Policy
OC Library Food and Drink Policy

Related procedures
Public Services: Conduct
Public Services: Unattended personal belongings
Public Services: Unattended workstations
Public Services: Library study rooms

Policy statement

OC Library users are expected to comply with all appropriate OC policies.

OC Library users are expected to comply with all appropriate legislation and licensing agreements
Appropriate and expected behaviour of OC Library users includes:

  • respecting and using the Library's physical and electronic collections responsibly
  • respecting and using the Library's physical space, equipment, and furniture responsibly
  • respecting and showing consideration to other OC Library users and OC Library employees
  • using only authorized areas of the Library according to the rules and procedures established by OC Library not leaving personal belongings unattended
  • not leaving logged-in workstations unattended
  • recognizing that OC Library is not responsible for the security or care of Library users’ personal belongings

OC Library users who do not comply with this policy or others may be asked to leave the Library and/or may face action, fees, fines, or other disciplinary action as laid out by legislation or any OC Library or Okanagan College policy.

Development responsibility: Public Services Librarians
Approval responsibility: Library Management Committee
Version history: Draft Aug. 27, 2014, LMC approval Aug. 27, 2014

Okanagan College Library has a food and drink policy to ensure a comfortable and welcoming environment for all library users while protecting library material and equipment.  The policy applies in all OC Campus Libraries.

Snack food and drinks in covered containers may be consumed in study carrels, study rooms, 3rd floor (Kelowna), and in Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon soft seating areas. Food and drink are not allowed near computer workstations, other Library equipment or in the Special Collections room (Kelowna).   

Permitted
  • Drinks that are in spill-proof containers or have secured lids 
  • Sandwiches and snack foods that do not disturb others
Restricted
  • Open drink containers
  • Foods that may disturb others (hot, messy, strong-smelling or noisy foods, or foods known to cause severe allergic reactions)

Please dispose of waste in the recycling and waste containers provided.

Library staff members reserve the right to determine which food and drink items are acceptable within the Library.

PLEASE NOTE: Library staff will respond to complaints from other Library users regarding disruptive food consumption. 

Date: June 24, 2015

Purpose: To provide guidelines surrounding the use of Okanagan College's Information Commons and Library computers by guest/public users. This policy states that members of the public who require use of a Library computer may request temporary access from any Library Circulation Desk, provided the below provisions are met.

Applicable to: community members

Related agreements
FOIPPA (Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act) BC

Related policy
OC Library Conduct
OC Library Confidentiality & Privacy
Okanagan College E.5.1 Use of Information Technology Resources

Policy statement

Computers in the Library Information Commons are primarily intended to provide Okanagan College students with access to the Library and other information resources, and to provide access to productivity software and other programs that help students meet the objectives of their studies. Priority use of all Library computers is reserved for Okanagan College students and employees.

For Library users who are not Okanagan College students or employees, the Library may provide guest access to computers, provided that access does not interfere with students’ ability to use the computers. Library staff may assist guest users with computer use as time and resources permit. Library staff may ask guest users to limit their time on Library computers and/or to return at a less busy time.  

In their use of Library computers, guest users are bound by the College’s Use of Technology Resources Policy, the Library Conduct Policy and other relevant College and Library policies.

Okanagan College requires all users of its computers and networks to be authenticated (i.e. “logged in”). All library staff have the discretion to determine whether to grant guest use of Library computers. 
 

Development responsibility: Circulation Working Group (CWG)
Approval responsibility: Library Management Committee
Version history: LMC approval April 3, 2013; updated September 23, 2015

Date: Aug. 31, 2011

Purpose: To allow access to other collections with the primary purpose of promoting student success and supporting instruction, research, and professional development. This policy outlines the parameters of OC Library interlibrary loan services.

Applicable to: OC Library users, borrowing and lending libraries

Related agreements and legislation
Canadian Copyright Act
Access Copyright
BCELN resource sharing

Related policies
Borrowing

Related procedures
ILL Procedure - OC Library Users
ILL Procedure - Other Libraries
ILL Procedure - Library staff
Public Services: Borrowing

Policy statements

Borrowing
Subsidized Interlibrary loan services are available to all OC students, faculty and staff members who do not have any outstanding Library fees or fines. Interlibrary loan services are not available to community members.

Eligible OC Library users can make an interlibrary loan request for materials not available at OC Library.
OC Library will request, on behalf of an eligible Library user, returnable material and/or copies of material from another library.

OC Library retains the right to not make a request on behalf of a user.

  • The lending library retains the right to refuse requests from OC Library.
  • The lending library determines what items are available for interlibrary loan.
  • The lending library sets the loan period of material. 
  • The lending library determines if renewals are available.
  • The lending library retains the right to recall borrowed material.
  • The lending library retains the right to charge any fees for loss or damage of borrowed materials.

OC Library will notify users when interlibrary loan items are available for pickup, when they are due, and when they are overdue.

OC Library users are expected to pick up requested interlibrary loan items after receiving notification of their arrival.

OC Library users are responsible for the care of the borrowed material and return of the borrowed material to OC Library according to the due date.

OC Library users will be charged fines for overdue items, and their accounts subject to flags and blocks, according to the OC Library’s Borrowing Policy and Procedure.

Lending
OC Library will lend available materials and/or provide copies of available materials from its collection to other libraries according to the Canadian Copyright Act, Access Copyright agreement, licensing agreements, and interlibrary loan agreements.

OC Library retains the right to refuse a lending request.

OC Library determines the loan period of lent materials. Loan periods are reflected in the OC Library Loans, Fines & Fees schedule.

OC Library will consider renewals requests.

OC Library retains the right to charge borrowing libraries not covered by an interlibrary loan agreement a fee for interlibrary loan services.

OC Library retains the right to recall lent material.

OC Library retains the right to charge borrowing libraries fees for loss or damage of lent materials, according to the OC Library Borrowing Policy and Procedure.

Development responsibility: OC Public Service Librarians
Approval responsibility: Library Management Committee
Version history: Draft Aug. 26, 2011; LMC approval Aug. 31, 2011

Date: April 11, 2018

Purpose: To provide guidelines for the use of the Local Interest Collection, located in the Kelowna Campus Library (L200).

Applicable to: Okanagan College students, staff, and faculty, and community members.

Related Policies
Okanagan College: Protection of Privacy
Okanagan College E.5.5: Fair Dealing Policy
Okanagan College E.5.3: Library Collections Policy
OC Library Donations & Gifts-in-Kind Policy
OC Library Conduct Policy

Related Procedures
Library: Local Interest Collection

Policy Statements

It is preferred that users make an appointment by email to access the Local Interest Collection. Walk-in users are welcome, but they may be turned away if a conflicting appointment has already been made or for other reasons at the discretion of library staff.

For the first visit, users will sign-in at the Circulation Desk by completing the “Local Interest Collection Use Form”, and by filling in a the Patron Visit Chart on the back of the form on the first and subsequent visits. This information will be kept on the same records retention schedule as laptop agreements. Anonymous user information will be stored in a spreadsheet for usage statistics.

  • Large bags and coats will be stored in a secure area to keep items safe and to ensure that items are not removed from the Collection.
  • Items in the Local Interest Collection are non-circulating and are not to leave the room without permission of authorized library staff.
  • No food or drink permitted in the Local Interest Collection room.
  • No pens are to be used in the Local Interest Collection room. Pencils and scrap paper are provided, and users can bring their own pencils, laptop computers, and/or cell phones.
  • Users may take photos of items, provided no flash is used and the photos comply with copyright and any other applicable laws. Users are not permitted to scan items from the collection. Upon request, library staff will scan items on a case-by-case basis.
  • Users are welcome to browse the Local Interest Collection. Items removed from shelves should be left for staff to re-shelve.

 

Development responsibility: OC Library Management Committee
Approval responsibility: Library Management Committee
Version history: LMC approval April 4, 2018