Okanagan College Library Policy Page

Library Homepage

General Information
Library Branches
There are 4 campus libraries at Okanagan College:
Kelowna Campus Library
Penticton Campus Library
Salmon Arm Campus Library
Vernon (Kalamalka) Campus Library

Service Hours

Library Policies
Library policies are available from the Library's About page (policies heading).

Library Floor Plans
Kelowna Library floor plan (2nd floor, 3rd floor)
Library campus floor plans for other campuses are not available.

Circulation/ Checkout/
Loans Phone Numbers
Kelowna Library: 250-862-5452
Penticton Library: 250-490-3951
Salmon Arm Library: 250-804-8851
Vernon Library: 250-503-2654

Reference Desk Phone Numbers
Kelowna Library: 250-762-5445 ext. 4307
Penticton Library: 250-492-4305 ext. 3233
Salmon Arm Library: 250-832-2126 ext. 8851
Vernon Library: 250-545-7291 ext. 2249

Email Address for Reference Questions

Email: libraryref@okanagan.bc.ca
Web form: http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/library/ask
Resources & Services
Library Catalogue
Also available on mobile devices (automatically detects mobile users)

Indexes & Databases

Search Google Scholar as OC student using 'Scholar Settings'. Connecting to GS instructions for students.
Database Authentication

Off-campus authentication is via EZproxy.

Discovery Service
EBSCO Discovery Service (a.k.a. OCtopus)
Accessible from library home page search box, under "Find" drop-down menu, or on the Library's "Find" web page.
Should automatically detect mobie devices.

  • Subject Guides

    Local Citation Guides APA, Chicago and MLA: http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Student_Services/students/library/help.html
    Librarians provide library orientations and research instruction primarily during class time. Schedules vary.

    List of Librarians


    Interlibrary Loans
    http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Student_Services/students/library/Services.html (under borrowing heading)
    Interlibrary loan requests must be placed online.


    Print Journals
    Check the catalogue record for holdings and campus library location. Journals are shelved alphabetically by title.

    Writing Centres
    Writing Centre services and locations vary by campus:
    • Kelowna Learning Centre: Learning coordinators onsite, located on main floor of Library (L204), learning assistance in math, science, english, ESL, & business, diagnostic testing. Hours M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Contact by e-mail.
    • Penticton Student Success Centre: Writing skills, math, sciences, study skills, basic computer skills, & calculator skills. Located PL 146 Ashnola Building, drop-in or by appointment. Contact Brittany Houston or Barbara Lacy, or 250-492-4305, x.3302.
    • Revelstoke Centre for Learning: Room 101 and 103 at the Revelstoke Centre, 1401 1st Street West. Centre of Learning membership required. Hours M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., evenings Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (September to June), M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (July to August). Services include exam supervision, computer use, computer training, & staff support. To become a member you must be 19+ years and enrolled in Adult Basic Education or Adult Academic and Career Preparation (AACP) courses, any Okanagan College course, and/or courses at other post-secondary institutions. Contact 250-837-4235.
    • Salmon Arm Student Success Centre: Located in the Library, M-F September to April. Services include writing skill refinement, essay paper development, study and presentation skills, math, science, exam prep, & peer tutoring. Contact Joaquim Camps, Coordinator, or 250-832-2126 x.8262.
    • Vernon Student Success Centre: Located in room D314, assistance with medical terminology, math, english & science. Contact Michelle Doege or Philip Schellenberg, or 250.545.7291 x.2215.
    Technical Help

    Mobile Site Responsive website layout should adapt to variable screen sizes and devices.
    Mobile library catalogue also available.

    E-Resources Emergency Contact

    RoŽn Janyk
    Contact if college website, library website, databases or proxy login are unavailable.
    Please confirm system-wide outage, and not an issue with an individual computer prior to contacting. Clear your browser's cache, test the issue yourself, and ask your colleagues in Campfire to confirm. In your report, include the browser(s) used to access the resource, the name of the resource, the date you tried accessing, screenshots, and the search or process you took to arrive at the error page.
    Contact: rjanyk@okanagan.bc.ca / 250-762-5445 x.4660 (office)
    Borrowing Information
    Library Cards

    Loan Periods
    Students: http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Student_Services/students/library/Services/StudentLibraryInfo.html
    Faculty & staff: http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Student_Services/students/library/Services/FacultyStaffLibraryInfo.html

    Holds/ Recalls/ Requests
    Requests can be placed online via the Library catalogue when logged in.
    Users are notified by phone or e-mail when holds have arrived. Holds are available for pick-up at campus circulation desks.
    Renew online: http://library-1.okanagan.bc.ca/vwebv/myAccount?sk=en_US

    Renewals may also be placed in person or by phoning the Circulation Desk of any campus library.

    Fines/ Penalties
    Information on fines and penalties (Under borrowing heading)
    Fines/bill appeals form

    Borrowing Policies
    Borrowing policies are available from the Library policies heading on the Website.
  • Borrowing Privileges Policy
  • Borrowing Procedures (under borrowing heading)

  • Library Account Information

    After Hours Returns


    • Book drop to the right of the main library entrance
    • Book drop in the staff parking area at the rear Centre for Learning entrance


    • Book drop to the right of the Ashnola (Library) building entrance

    Salmon Arm

    • Book drop to the left of the main campus building entrance


    • Book drop to the right of the library building (building C) entrance

    Equipment & Facilities
    Internet Access
    By logging into any Library computer, OC students and employees have access to the Internet. For students, the first login is the combination of their 9-digit student number and their birth date, in mmddyy format. Students will be prompted to change their password on their first login.

    Wireless Access
    Login with an OC student or employee MyOkanagan username and password.
    Photocopiers are available in each campus library. Black and white: 10 cents single / 20 cents double
    Colour: 40 cents single / 80 cents double
    Pay by debit or PayPal

    Black and white: 10 cents single / 20 cents double.
    Colour: 40 cents single / 80 cents double
    Pay by PayPal or Debit
    All campus library Information Commons workstations are linked to a laser printer. All campus library offers double-sided printing as the default.

    Save scanned items to USB.

    Microfilm/ Microfiche
    Check the catalogue record for microfilm/microfiche holdings and campus library location. Microform is stored in cabinets alphabetically by title.

    Meeting/ Study Rooms
    One or more group study rooms are available in each campus library. Rooms can be booked at the campus library circulation desk with the exception of the Kelowna campus, where bookings are done online in student MyOkanagan accounts. Rooms are limited to student use. See the Use the Library page on the library website for further information on room bookings.

    Computer Labs
    Click the links below for computer lab schedules for:

    Lab schedules for Salmon Arm are not available online. Please call the campus at (250) 832-2126.

    Software available on library and Information Commons workstations varies by campus. Select a campus library on the About page to see the listing.

    Campus Information
    Academic Calendar

    Class Timetable

    Exam Schedules

    Campus Maps

    Campus Web Site Map

    Other Resources
    Index to the Annual Reports of the Okanagan Historical Society https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/ohs

    Local Area Files Check the catalogue for clippings from local newspapers. File contents may vary by campus library.

    AskAway Local Administrators

    RoŽn Janyk (Systems & Technical) rjanyk@okanagan.bc.ca / 250-762-5445, x.4660

    Jennifer Sigalet (Scheduling) jsigalet@okanagan.bc.ca / 250-545-7291, x.2249

    Page maintained by RoŽn Janyk
    Last updated February 6, 2018