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Kelowna

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: CLOSED
All branches are 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.

6:30-7:30pm


 

Try our new Events Calendar to view our upcoming programs.

 

Visiting Kelowna Library

Youth Services

Adult Services

Computers and Technology

Arts and Culture

Reading, Writing, Learning

Genealogy and Family History

Game Nights

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  

BC Summer Reading Club 2016: Book a Trip! (Ages 6 - 12)

June 18th - August 31st

Finished your reading log? Stop by the library by August 31st to collect your SRC medal & prize!

Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ex. 2823 for more information.

  

Teen 2016 Summer Reading Club (Ages 13 - 17)

June 18th - August 31st

Teens are invited to read and win this summer with the Kelowna Branch!

Get a free book when you complete your first Bingo line and receive prize draw entry forms each time you complete an extra line for a chance to win a $50 giftcard!

Pick up your SRC Bingo Card at the Kelowna Branch, no registration required!

 

Fall 2016 Story Times (Newborn - Age 6)

September 7th - December 3rd / Drop-in!

Baby Time (newborn - 18 months): Bounce, sing, and rhyme with your baby at the library!

Mondays 10:15-10:45am & Wednesdays 11:00-11:30am.

Toddler Time (18 months - 3 years): Stories, songs, and more! Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:15-10:45am.

Family Story Time (3 - 6 years): Stories, songs, and more! Thursday, Friday, & Saturdays 11:00-11:30am.

Pyjama Family Story Time (3 - 6 years): Stories, songs, and more! Tuesdays 6:30-7:00pm. *Starts September 13th*

 

Fall 2016 Lego Builders Club (Ages 6 -12)

Build awesome Lego Creations at the library!

Registration required. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ex. 2823 to register.

September 29th: Rockin' Robots

3:30-4:30pm OR 6:30-7:30pm. Registration starts Thursday, September 15th.

October 20th: Hairy, Scary... Hogwarts!

3:30-4:30pm OR 6:30-7:30pm. Registration starts Thursday, October 6th.

November 24th: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

3:30-4:30pm OR 6:30-7:30pm. Registration starts Thursday, November 10th.


Adult Services

Computers and Technology

  

 

Mobile Meet-Ups

A 4 class set of lessons for both Android and iOS mobile devices. Learn about how to use the touch screen, personalize your device settings, take and share pictures and videos, and explore apps and free library resources for your device.


Check back for fall dates

 

 

eResources Saturdays

Spaces Available - call 250-762-2800 to register

Introduction to ORL Digital Resources - Books, Magazines, Movies for your Mobile Device


 All classes are at 10:00 - 12:00 pm Saturdays, in the Meeting Room on the 1st Floor.

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

  

July 30

eBooks and eAudiobooks for Tablets and Smartphones

Let us take you through the easy steps to set up your tablet, smartphone 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.

Arts and Culture


   

FREE Movie Nights

Our movie nights have come to an end - many thanks to those who have attended over the years and to Kelowna Friends of the Library for providing our movie license.

 

Reading, Writing, Learning


English Corner

Wednesdays 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.

Kelowna Branch is continuing our popular book club for adults. We invite you to read the suggested titles and come to the library at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of each month for a lively, facilitated discussion of the featured title. 

The book club is open to all interested adults, and preregistration is not required.

 

September 8 - Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins

October 13 - Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

November 10 - 17 Carnations by Andrew Morton

December 8 - The Martian by Andy Wiebe

 

 

The First Page Book Club

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Meeting Room. Starts January 5.

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.

Current Book: Gary Paulsen's adventure novel The River.   

 

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:

      • Tuesdays: 1-3 pm
      • Wednesdays: 1-3 pm
      • Thursdays: 5-7 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

The Forums will be back in October. Stay tuned for the next list of topics!

 

 

 

Game Nights


Strategy Board Game Nights

Alternate Tuesdays From 5:30 pm in the Meeting Room

Upcoming dates: August 2, 16, 30

No registration required.

Attention board gamers! Join us for our Board Games in the Meeting Room off the lobby. 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. Feel free to bring snacks.

 

 

 


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

Please note the meeting room off the lobby will not be available after August 31st until further notice. Meeting rooms are available in our Rutland and Westbank Branches. Please contact them directly to inquire about availability.

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.