Okanagan Regional Library is initiating external and internal reviews into operations.

Okanagan Regional Library is initiating external and internal reviews into operations.

Okanagan Regional Library hits the books for external review

There will also be an internal look at ORL’s organizational structure

A thorough investigation of Okanagan Regional Library is underway.

On Tuesday, directors approved a value for money review of the organization, which has 29 branches.

“We want to make sure every participant is getting a return on the dollars they provide,” said Catherine Lord, who is Vernon’s representative on the board.

“Over time, you can get inequities based on population and assessment. It’s a valuable process.”

Sully O’Sullivan, Armstrong’s director, also supports the review.

“Our budget is $16 million annually so we have to make sure money is going to the right places,” he said.

“We spend a lot of money on things that to me are iffy.”

Beyond the value for money review, there will also be an internal look at ORL’s organizational structure.

“It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the system. But across B.C., there is public discontent about how money is spent and public servant wages so many communities are doing this,” said Lord.

The results of the external process will be brought to the board in the fall and any issues that arise will be discussed.

The structural review is expected to be a longer process and no timeline has been determined.