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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. to Mar. only
All branches will be closed April 18th through 21st for the Easter holiday

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:

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.


Paperback Sale~Thursday, April 17

The Kelowna branch paperback cleanout is happening Thursday, April 17! Stop by the branch to pick up some recycled reads 25 cents each or 5 for 1$ !!!

Author Reading

Join us for the launch of Circus. Award-winning author Claire Battershill grew up in Dawson Creek and Victoria and has just published her first book of short stories. Her cross-Canada tour stops in Kelowna on Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Mosaic Books will be on hand with copies for sale.

Kelowna Branch Listens

This month our listening list and discussion will focus on alt-country legends such as Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Steve Earle. Bring in your related vinyl and we'll give it a spin! Our music club is free and drop-in Thursday, April 24th at 7 p.m. in the meeting room.


Youth Services

The Dive Into Spring Contest Winner is Ethan!

Thank you to Annegret’s Fine European Chocolates for donating the delicious prize.


Children (newborn-6 years)


School Aged Kids




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

  • New Book Club titles are now posted on our blog here. See you April 10th for The Purchase by Linda Spalding.  We meet in the Group Study Room on the 2nd floor at 7 pm.

  FREE Movie Nights

  • Films based on books (or having some literary connection). Showtime is 7pm in the Meeting Room. The complete list of films is on our blog here.  The next movie is Hopscotch on Tuesday, April 22.

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:

  • Spring Sale:  Saturday, March 8- Library Meeting Room (9:30-3:00)
  • 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.