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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.

Click here for a virtual video tour and photographs of the branch. Thanks to David Watkins Photography!

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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 $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:

Evening Lego Builders Club: Things flying highJune 21, 2012

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

Registration required. For kids ages 6-12.


Library Driveway Part 2

This Saturday, January 31,  the driveway between Doyle and the parkade will be closed once again from 7 am to 5 pm approximately for utility work for the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation. Please access the library parkade via Ellis Street. There will be pedestrian access only to the outside book drops during that time. Parking is free in the parkade on Saturdays. We ask you to please respect the flag people who will be here that day.




The next Lunchbox here is on Wednesday, February 18th. Local historian Bob Hayes will be talking about the history of downtown Kelowna. His talk is one of several really fun Heritage Week events taking place February 16 - 22. The theme of this year's Week is "Main Street". Check out the very cool poster here

Communicating with Confidence for Youth

Ages: 11-16

Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Jan. 24 & 31; Feb. 14, 21 & 28; Mar. 7 & 14, 2015

Email To Register: ylpkelowna@gmail.com

Are you nervous when speaking in public?  Is it difficult to organize and present your ideas logically and convincingly?  Attend this FREE Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program public speaking course to have fun and learn to speak with confidence. 

Youth Services

2015 Story Times (newborn-6 years)

***Please double check the schedule there are some changes.

2015 Baby Time, Toddler Time & Story Time Schedule January 5-May 30

Free Child Developmental Check-Ups Louise can be very busy when she visits the library. You can prebook appointments with her. Click the link for her contact information.


2015 Creative Kids (8-12 years)

2015 Creative Kids Program & Registration Dates


2015 Lego Builders (6-12 years)

2015 Lego Builders Program & Registration Dates

November 20 Photos-Up, Up & Away!


2015 Library Jeopardy for Kids (8-12 years) 

2015 Library Jeopardy Program Dates 



Adult Services 



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


 FREE Movie Nights         

  • Films based on books (or having some literary connection). Showtime is 7pm in the Meeting Room.  Just in time for Valentine's Day, February's movie on Monday the 16th is 1998's award-winning romance Shakespeare in Love, starring Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow. The complete list for the first half of 2015 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)

Annual General Meeting Saturday, November 23 in the Meeting Room here at 10 a.m.

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. 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.