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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
*The library branch will be closed on Monday, August 3, for BC 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:

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.


The Computer Lab has re-opened!

Stay tuned for information on classes starting again this fall.


Maker Party

Build It! Maker Party at the Library

Saturday August 15, from 11 – 3, the library will be transformed into a collaborative centre for learning, playing, creating and building. Suitable for all ages, from 1 to 101, this hands on event will feature activity stations and demonstrations to engage everyone in the playful side of learning.

The event will be semi-unstructured, built around the idea of hanging out, messing about, geeking out. People will be invited to explore the whole library space, and engage with each demonstration or activity for as long as they are interested. Drop in and have some fun with us.

More details on our blog here


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

Story Times (newborn-6 years)

July 6-August 8 Summer Schedule Baby Time, Toddler Time & Family Story Time


Favourite Toddler Time Songs & Rhymes

2015 Baby Time Songs & Rhymes



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

Registration starts Saturday, June 20

Summer Reading Club Poster

Summer Reading Club Calendar of Events *All events require registration*

SRC Magic Show with Leif David on Tuesday, August 11 at 10:30am. All ages and drop-in!





TEEN Summer Reading Club (13-17 years)

Reading BINGO! Play and win all summer long. BINGO cards available starting June 20 at Kelowna Branch.

Adult Services                             

Drop-In Tech Help

Need help with your laptop, tablet or eReader? Bring your device and let our librarians help you. Learn how to navigate your device, and to access library resources, like eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines. Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 starting June 10 to July 29.

English Corner

Join us on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 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

  • Summer version: we'll be meeting to just talk about books we've read and enjoyed (or not). Different meeting dates for July and August: July 16 and August 6.
  • We meet at 7 pm in the meeting room off the lobby on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  We'll be taking a break for the summer and start meeting again in September. Stay tuned for a new list of titles!


 FREE Movie Nights         

  • Films based on books (or having some literary connection). Showtime is 7pm in the Meeting Room.  Regular movie nights will take a break for July and August and start again in September. Title list coming soon!


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 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.