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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. to March
*The library branch will be closed on Monday, October 12, for Thanksgiving Day.

Parking is available in the Library Plaza Parkade for $1 per hour on weekdays with free parking on weekends and evenings after 6 pm.

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. Event night parking is $5.00 and a sign will be posted at the parkade entrance. 



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.


Try our new Events Calendar to view our upcoming programs.


Visiting Kelowna Library

Youth Services

Adult Services

Computers and Technology

Year of the Wise

Arts and Culture

Reading, Writing, Learning

Genealogy and Family History

Special Events


Kelowna Branch Tours

Kelowna Friends of the Library

Meeting Rooms


Parkade & Library Access During Construction

The entrance to the parkade has now been modified. The original entrance is blocked off and what used to be 2 exit lanes are now 1 entrance and 1 exit. Please be careful and watch for the signage.

Vehicle access to the library and parkade is now off Ellis on a temporary driveway. The entire driveway is one way entering from Ellis and exiting onto Doyle. Please be very careful walking around the library during this period, as the only sidewalk will be the one right against the curved wall of the building.


 Youth Services

September 8-December 5 Story Times (newborn-6 years)

FALL Baby Time, Toddler Time & Family Story Time Schedule


Fall Lego Builders (Ages 6-12)

Program Dates and Registration Dates


Pro-D Day Halloween Fun Extravaganza

Join us for some Halloween crafts, some spooky stories, and some treats!

Friday, October 23 2:30-3:30pm. Free! Registration starts Thursday, October 8. Limit of 25 kids 6-12 years. Please call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ex 2823.

Plus a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt! 10:30-4:00pm. Free drop-in, no registration required


Ronald McDonald Storytime 

Tuesday, October 27 6:30-7:30pm. Recommended for children up to 10 years of age.

Drop-in, no registration required.


Halloween Puppet Show

Thursday, October 29, Friday, October 30, & Saturday, October 31 - 11:00-11:30am. Recommended for ages 3-6.

FREE TICKETS REQUIRED. Available at the Children's Information Desk starting October 13.



Build It! Summer Reading Club (6-12 years)

**SRC Medals Have Arrived!** If your name is on our waitlist, please ask at the Children's Desk for your medal.




Adult Services

Computers and Technology

Computer Classroom

All classes are at 10:00 – 11:30 am Wednesdays, in the Computer Lab on the 2nd Floor

Registration Required – Call 250-762-2800, or drop by the Information Desk to register


Computer Basics

Are you an absolute beginner? Then this class is for you. We start from the basics - how to turn it on - and build from there. Learn about the components of a computer, how to use the mouse and keyboard, and the basics of working with the Windows operating system.

Session 1: September 2 and 9      

Session 2: October 28 and November 4


How to Navigate the Internet

This two class session will help you understand what the internet is and how to use it. Learn about browsers, how to do web searches, and basic internet security. Prerequisites: Computer Basics or familiarity with computers and basic keyboarding and mouse skills.

Session 1:September 16 and 23  

Session 2: November 18 and 25


Getting Started with E-mail

In this two class session learn to use web-based email services, set up a free email account and send your first message. Prerequisites: How to Navigate the Internet or familiarity with web browsers. Basic keyboarding and mouse skills are required.

Session 1: September 30 and October 7  

Session 2: December 2 and 9


Introduction to Facebook

In this two class session learn to set up a Facebook account, and how to get the most out of your Facebook experience. We’ll explore how to connect with others, post status updates, share photos and video, and how to manage your personal information. Participants must already have an active e-mail account.

Session 1: October 14 and 21


Personal Technology

Drop In Tech Help

Need help with your laptop, tablet or eReader? Let our librarians help you. Learn how to navigate your device, how to perform basic functions, and to access library resources like eBooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Bring your device, passwords, and questions!

Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, in the Great Room. September 2 to December 2. (Please Note: the library will be closed November 11).

Free, drop-in program. No registration necessary.


Your Mobile Library - An introduction to eBooks and eAudiobooks for Tablets and Smartphones

Let us take you through the easy steps to set up your tablet, smartphone or e-reader to borrow and read library eBooks and eAudiobooks. You will also learn how to search for eBooks in the ORL collections, place holds, and keep lists. Registration Required. Call 250-762-2800 to register.

Saturday September 19. 10:30 - 12:00 in the Meeting Room.

Saturday November 14. 10:30 - 12:00 in the Meeting Room.


Year of the Wise

Society for Learning in Retirement Series

Join us for this two talk series co-hosted by the Society for Learning in Retirement.

Thursday afternoons, 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the Meeting Room.

Registration appreciated - Call 250-762-2800 to register.


October 8

The Camino de Santiago Pilgrim's Walk

Presented by Angela Dyck

Walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route with me. From Saint-Jean-de-Pied-de-Port in France to Cape Finisterre in Western Spain, this will take you 875 km across the Iberian Peninsula. With personal photos and diary notes.


November 5

Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

Presented by Robert Noon

The Milkshake Murder. Flamboyant Vancouver radio personality Rene Castellani almost got away with killing his wife with kindness and White Spot milkshakes. But he overlooked what could be found in simple strands of hair.


Arts and Culture

Symphony in the Library: OSO

Saturdays, 11:45 in the Atrium, September 26 to October 17

Join us to celebrate musicians from the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra as we present interactive performances fun for the whole family. Four Saturdays of music will feature each of the four families of OSO instruments. This is your chance to get up close and personal with musicians from the OSO. Come listen and learn, then try your hand at our instrument "petting zoo." Supported by the Hamber Foundation. No registration required.

September 26: Brilliant Brass

October 3: Wonderful Winds

October 10: The Sweet Sounds of Strings

October 17: Powerful Percussion


PhotoVoice Exhibit

Starting September 25, in the Great Room. In partnership with UBC Okanagan.

Come and see the photographic exhibit resulting from a UBCO research project on the health of immigrants in Kelowna. The participants took pictures of objects, places, and spaces that represent health and wellbeing related to their settlement experience.


FREE Movie Nights

One Monday a month, from 7:00 - 9:30 pm in the Meeting Room.         

Films based on books (or having some literary connection). Showtime is 7pm in the Meeting Room. The movie list for the new season is now up on our blog here.

Our October movie is The Fault in Our Stars on October 19th.


Reading, Writing, Learning

English Corner

Wendesdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Meeting Room.

This new program is a conversational English group for people with beginner to intermediate English skills. We discuss topics that unite and inspire us plus we have fun and form a community of friends. No registration required. If you have questions, contact kelownaenglishcorner@gmail.com


Thursday Night Book Club

Second Thursday of the month, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Meeting Room.

Join us for monthly meetings, fun discussion and an esoteric selection of books. See our blog for the new list of titles!

October 8th's book is Caprice by George Bowering.


The First Page Book Club

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Meeting Room. September 8 to November 17.

Registration required - Call 250-762-2800 to register.

An all-inclusive book club, welcoming everyone regardless of reading ability and encouraging adults with diverse abilities to take part in discussions about new as well as classic titles. Books will be read together in a group setting with all participants invited to read aloud. Assistance with echo reading will be provided for those who wish to use it.

First Title: Gary Paulsen's adventure novel Hatchet

MOOC Meetup - Reconcilliation through Indigenous Education

September 29 - November 6. Meet-up times to be determined.

Registration required - send e-mail to eva.gevaris@ubc.ca to register.

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is being offered by two UBC professors through the edX platform. Registration is free and open to everyone. UBCO Innovation Librarian Eva Gevaris will be hosting a mee-up group for participants who wish to share the experience of this online course through face to face discussion. Meet-up times will be determined by the participants, and held at the new UBCO Innovation Library, located on the second floor of the Kelowna Library.


Letters from the Land of Fear

Monday October 5, 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room.

Registration appreciated - call 250-762-2899 to register.

An engaging and provocative presentation by Salmon Arm author Calvin White about the year he spent in Central Asia as a member of a Doctors Without Borders team struggling to control tuberculosis in this region. This presentation is based on his book Letters from the Land of Fear, which chronicles his exeriences in the land of the fabled Silk Road, now a little known part of the world.


One Campus, One Book, Reading Together - Finale Event

Thursday, October 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Great Room.

Registration appreciated - register at http://onebook.ok.ubc.ca or call the library 250-762-2800.

In October, the UBC Okanagan Library is hosting a campus-wide book club, and everyone is invited to participate. Progress, a novel by Michael V. Smith, an assistant professor in the UBCO Creative Writing Department, has been selected. A series of author readings, guest lectures and other events will be held throughout October at the UBC Okanagan Library on campus.

A finale event is being co-hosted by the new UBC Okanagan Innovation Library and Okanagan Regional Library on Thursday, October 29th at 6:00 pm., on the second floor of the Kelowna Branch, outside the new UBCO Innovation Library space. To register for any of the readings or the finale event, please visit http://onebook.ok.ubc.ca.


Memoir Writing Workshop

Saturday November 7, 2:00 pm in the Meeting Room.

Registration required - Call 250-762-2800 to register.

Have you been thinking of writing down your family stories or personal memories? Join Sharron Simpson, author of The Kelowna Story, An Okanagan History, for this introduction to memoir writing.


UBCO Visiting Author Series

Monday, November 9, 7:00 -9:00 in the Meeting Room.

No registration required.

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies presents playwright Kevin Kerr. In 2002, Kevin received the Governor General's Literary Award for his play Unity (1918). He is also a four-time recipient of the Jessie Award for Outstanding Original Script. With Electric Company Kevin was writer or co-writer of Brilliant!, The Wake, The Score, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, The Fall, and Studies in Motion.


Come Write In

November is National Novel Writing Month. In support of all local writers taking on the brave quest of completing a work of long fiction in 30 days, Kelowna Library is a Come Write In location for NaNoWriMo 2015. Check back for details about meet-ups and programs. Feel free to come in and write during any of our open hours. 

To learn more about National Novel Writing Month visit www.nanowrimo.com


Genealogy and Family History


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.


Family History Forums are hosted by the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Okanagan Regional Library.  They are free to everyone with an interest in tracing their Family History!

Where:  Main Floor Meeting Room, Downtown Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library

When:  Fourth Monday of each month (except Dec., Jul. & Aug.), 7-9pm



September 28:  Around the World in Family History - The KDGS will provide several informational tables specific to researching your family in countries around the world.  Whether your family came from Russia or Ireland, there will be information and advice for you!

October 26:  Developing Your Genealogy Research Log and Tips for Organizing Your Research – Organizing your research and the papers, notes, photos and memorabilia collected in the process of doing your genealogy is important to success in your family history pursuits!  To avoid scratching your head over where you found that piece of information or where you put it, learn some simple tips from the experts at the KDGS. 

November 23:  Genealogy Filing Systems – Following up on last month’s topic, we will talk about practical filing systems to help you organize your research and information (both paper and digital).  These simple systems make it easy to keep organized!



Special Events


Board Games in the Great Room

Tuesday November 17th starting at 6:30 pm in the Great Room.

No registration required.

Attention board gamers! Join us for our first ever Board Games in the Great Room on the second floor of the library. A veteran gamer and librarian will be on-hand to moderate and to play. Bring your games, bring your friends or come alone and meet other gamers.


Kelowna Community Christmas

Wednesday, December 9, 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Atrium.

Registration appreciated - Call 250-762-2800 to register.

Come celebrate Christmas together. Join Library staff and other community members for an afternoon of carols and stories. Share cocoa and cookies around the Library Christmas Tree. All ages Welcome.

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)

27th Great Okanagan Book Sale 2015

Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 839 Sutherland Avenue

      • Thursday, October 15 9:30am-9pm

      • Friday, October 16 9:30am-9pm

      • Saturday, October 17 9am-3pm

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 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.

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.