Library on the move

Armstrong branch is shifting to a new location just a few feet away

A new chapter is evolving for the Armstrong library.

The Okanagan Regional Library branch is closed between today and March 30 as it relocates to a new space, the former video store, in the Country Court Mall.

“It’s going to be bigger and better,” said Marita Arychuk, community librarian.

In fact, the new facility is 3,747-square-feet, about 700-square-feet larger than the old space.

“It’s bright and has a great view of farmland,” sad Arychuk.

There will be more Internet computers as well as a study room.

“We’re not just collection based anymore. We see a connection with the community. People can meet, collaborate or study,” said Monica Gaucher, ORL’s public services manager.

As part of meeting that demand, there will be a meeting room that community groups can use after-hours.

“We’ve already had inquiries about how to book it,” said Gaucher.

But even with the new focus, the primary activity at the library is books and audio materials,

The move will see about 14,000 items shift between the two locations.

“We organize according to the Dewey decimal system. If we mix that up (during the move), there will be a lot of work to do,” said Gaucher.

Until March 30, there will be limited hold pick-up service at the old library, and the book drop opens in the new location at 10 a.m. March 28.

The new branch will officially open April 1 with a ceremony at 9:45 a.m.

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Arychuk is confident the new library will be popular with Armstrong-Spallumcheen residents.

“They’re going to love this space,” she said.

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