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1380 Ellis St.
Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2A2
(250) 762-2800

There are six book drop bins located on the west side of the building. They are locked only during extended library closures (Easter and Christmas).

Please find our events below on the branch calendar, or search the ORL Calendar of Events.

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Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Oct. 19 to Apr. 19
All branches closed on statutory holidays

Parking is available in the Library Plaza Parkade for 50 cents per hour on weekdays with free parking on weekends.

More downtown parking information is available here.

Before you come down in the evening, check for event parking dates based on the Rockets' schedule here. Parking is $1 in the evening unless it's an event night; there will be a sign at the entrance to the parkade.

Event Details:

Afternoon Lego Builders Club: Things flying highJune 22, 2012

Build Lego creations around a theme and participate in building challenges. Lego provided.

Registration required. For kids ages 6-12.


Join us Saturday, September 27 for Culture Days Activities

  • From 10:15 to 11 am get up close and personal to Kelowna's favourite magician, Leif David, and his mingling magic as he makes his way through the library.
  • Storytime is at 11 am with Wendy in the Children's Department.
  • Okanagan Writes: a panel of local authors will discuss their works, the writing process, and how they came to authorship. 1 pm in the meeting room.

Change is coming!

A new computer system is coming!  On October 6 we will switch to a new system, Polaris.  There will be some disruption during the transition:

  • Sept. 22-Oct. 6 - placing holds is not available
  • Sept. 29-Oct. 8 - renewals, paying fines, and returns are not available.  Bookdrops will be locked.

We will not be accepting returns in the branch during this time.  Due dates will be extended, so please hold on to your items until we are back, October 8th!

Please be patient with staff as we are learning a whole new way to do our jobs!

Youth Services

FALL Storytimes (newborn-6 years)

Babytime, Toddlertime & Storytime FALL Schedule September 8-December 5

2014 FALL Babytime Songs & Rhymes


FALL Lego Builders (6-12 years)

Lego Builders Poster

  • September 25 3:30-4:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm-Registration opens September 11
  • October 23 3:30-4:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm-Registration opens October 9
  • November 20 3:30-4:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm-Registration opens November 6

Registration required, phone 250-762-2800 ext.2823


FALL Library Jeopardy for Kids (8-12 years) 

Library Jeopardy Poster

  • Sunday, October 26 1:00-2:00pm-Registration opens October 9
  • Sunday, November 23 1:00-2:00pm-Registration opens November 6

Registration required, phone 250-762-2800 ext.2823


Scary Story Creative Writing Contest for Teens 

Scary Story Contest Entry Form and Poster

Scare us, surprise us and wow us with your creative writing!

Categories for Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. $75 for 1st, $50 for 2nd and $25 for 3rd.


Adult Services


Free Presentation: Is Poor Digestion Making You Sick?

Join  Van Clayton Powel, author of You Are Not What You Eat: Better Digestive Health in 7 Simple Steps on Monday, September 29th at 7 pm in our meeting room for a fascinating look at what and how we eat. No registration necessary! See more here.


eReader Clinics

If you need advice or assistance with eReaders and eBooks, make an appointment with one of our librarians.  We’ll help you with anything from where to find consumer information on buying eReaders or tablets, to assisting with the borrowing/downloading process. Click here for tips on deciding between buying an eReader or a tablet.


Thursday Night Book Club

  • Book Club is on hiatus now for the summer and will resume on Thursday, September 11 at 7 pm. The list of upcoming titles can be found here. September's book is Kate Atkinson's Life After Life.

 FREE Movie Nights         

  • Films based on books (or having some literary connection). Showtime is 7pm in the Meeting Room.   The next movie is Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on Monday, September 22. The complete list for the rest of 2014 can be found on our blog here.

Genealogist in Residence

Come to the Library to chat with genealogists from the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society. Learn how to find more on your family tree, or ask about your next steps if you've hit a wall in your research. Hours are:

  • Mondays: 10-12 pm
  • Wednesdays: 1-3 pm
  • Thursdays: 6-8 pm
  • Saturdays 1-3pm (April - September)
  • Sundays: 1-3pm (October - March)

Click here for a video about this service.



Kelowna Branch Tours For Everyone

For Children and Teens

We can provide an introduction to the library or tailor the visit around a project/assignment. Contact us today to see how we can help your class. Daycares/Preschools must register if they wish to attend a storytime.

To book a free tour for kids contact Kelowna Youth Services Department 250-762-2800 or klysreference@orl.bc.ca

For Adults

Groups of adults can enjoy a tour at the library too! ESL classes, retirement homes, book clubs and more can contact Kelowna Reference for further information.

To book a free tour for adults contact the Kelowna Reference Department 250-762-2800 or klreference@orl.bc.ca


Kelowna Friends of the Library (www.kelownafol.ca)

The Kelowna Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1988, is registered under the Society Act of British Columbia and the Canada Income Tax Act. All persons interested in libraries can obtain a membership for $5.00 per year at the Kelowna, Mission or Rutland branch libraries.

For membership and donation information, please  call 250-763-7323 (READ)  or www.kelownafol.ca

The 2014 Book Sale dates are:

  • 26th Great Okanagan Book Sale:  Thursday, October 16 to Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall on Sutherland Avenue.
  • Annual General Meeting Saturday, November 23 in the Meeting Room here at 10 a.m.

The major fundraiser, the Great Okanagan Book Sale, takes place in October each year. The Kelowna Friends of the Library sponsor an endowment fund with the Central Okanagan Foundation and they also host various public meetings and author events throughout the year.

Directors of Kelowna Friends of the Library hold meetings in the Kelowna Branch, at 5:30pm on the second Monday of each month. No board meetings are held in July & August. The society's 2014 AGM will be Saturday, November 22.

For further information, please E-mail Fol4k@hotmail.com


Meeting Rooms

The Kelowna Branch has meeting rooms available for rent. The meeting rooms are available on open days and are booked in 4-hour blocks.

With a theatre style set-up, the North meeting room has a capacity of 40, and South meeting room a capacity of 80. Together, with the dividing wall removed, the total capacity is 120.

Fees for a 4-hour block are $80.00 for each of the smaller rooms and $160.00 for both rooms. Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.

We also have a small Group Study Room on the 2nd floor of the library which holds about 8-10 people. There is no charge for its use and it is bookable in advance.

Please contact the branch at 250-762-2800 for further information or to book a room.