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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 March
*The library branch will be closed on Monday, February 8, for Family 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.


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

The Pollinizing Sessions


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

January 4 - May 28 Story Times (Newborn - 6 Years) 

WINTER Baby Time, Toddler Time, PJ Story Time, & Family Story Time Schedule


Dive into Spring Reading Contest (Ages 16 and under)

Enter each time you read 5 books for your chance to win a huge chocolate bunny generously donated by Annegret's Fine European Chocolates!

February 1st - March 20th. Winner announced Monday, March 21st.

Entry forms available at the Kelowna Children's Desk. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ex. 2823 for more information.


2016 Creative Kids (Ages 8 - 12)

A different arts and crafts activity each month to keep the creativity flowing! 

Thursday, February 18 - 3:30 - 4:30pm.


Registration required. Registration opens February 4. Call Youth Services @ 250-762-2800 ex. 2823.


Thursday, March 17 - 3:30 - 4:30pm.


Registration required. Registration opens Tuesday, March 1. Call Youth Services @ 250-762-2800 ex. 2823.


Pro-D Day: Operation Egg Drop! (Ages 6 - 12)

Will your egg survive the drop? Build something creative to protect an egg that will be dropped from the 2nd floor of the library!

February 19, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Registration required. Registration opens February 5th. Call Youth Services @ 250-762-2800 ex. 2823 to register.


S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) Sundays (Ages 6-12)

S.T.E.A.M. Sundays: Combining arts and science, STEAM Sundays will fuel your imagination and get you excited about science.

February 28th, 1:00-2:00pm 
Bridge building: Design and build a bridge using the supplies provided, and then take the test to see how much weight your bridge will hold. Prizes for creativity and the strongest bridge.
FREE registration starts Friday, February 12. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ext. 2823.
March 13th, 1:00-2:00pm
Sink or float?: Can you create a seaworthy vessel that successfully transports your passengers to shore?

FREE registration starts Tuesday, March 1. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ext. 2823. 

March 20th, 1:00-4:00pm
Making Homes for Bess with Maureen Lisle and the Public Art Pollinator Pasture Project: learn what makes a good home for bees and craft a bee home using materials provided!
Family friendly. Ages 6+.
FREE registration. Please register online @  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-on-making-homes-for-bees-with-maureen-lisle-and-the-public-art-pollinator-pasture-project-tickets-20131118718


2016 Lego Builders Club (Ages 6 - 12) 

Build amazing Lego creations at the library!

 February 25, 3:30 - 4:30pm OR 6:30 - 7:30pm.


Registration required. Registration opens February 11. Call Youth Services @ 250-762-2800 ex. 2823.


March 24, 3:30 - 4:30pm OR 6:30 - 7:30pm.


Registration required. Registration opens March 1. Call Youth Services @ 250-762-2800 ex. 2823.


April 28, 3:30 - 4:30pm OR 6:30 - 7:30pm.


Registration required. Registration opens April 14. Call Youth Services @ 250-762-2800 ex. 2823.


May 26, 3:30 - 4:30pm OR 6:30 - 7:30pm.


Registration required. Registration opens May 12. Call Youth Services @ 250-762-2800 ex. 2823.


March Break Madness (Ages 6 - 12)

Join us from March 13th - 24th for some fantastic March Break programs! PLUS: Chicks hatching & Dive into Spring's Chocolate Bunny Draw!

FREE registration required. Registration for all events opens March 1st.


Sunday, March 13th - 1:00 - 2:00pm (Ages 6 - 12)
S.T.E.A.M. Sunday: Sink or float?: Can you create a seaworthy vessel that successfully transports your passengers to shore?
Wednesday, March 16th - 2:30 - 3:30pm (Ages 8+)
Recycled container craft:  make a recycled pencil holder, flower vase, or any other cool container you can think of using materials provided!
Thursday, March 17th - 3:30 - 4:30pm (Ages 8+)
Creative Kids: Button & Magnet Making!
Friday, March 18th - 2:00 - 4:00pm (Ages 6+)
Family Movie Matinee: The Lego Movie! *Popcorn and juice provided*
Sunday, March 20th - 1:00 - 4:00pm (Ages 6+)
S.T.E.A.M. Sunday: Making Homes for Bees with Maureen Lisle and the Public Art Pollinator Pasture Project. Learn about what makes a good home for bees and craft a bee home using materials provided!
Please register online @ https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-on-making-homes-for-bees-with-maureen-lisle-and-the-public-art-pollinator-pasture-project-tickets-20131118718
Monday, March 21st - 2:00 - 3:00pm (Ages 6+)
Comic Book Art: learn how to draw comic book art with local Kelowna artist Kevin Adamson!
Wednesday, March 23rd - 2:30 - 3:30pm (Ages 8+)
Solve the Crime: Want to figure out who dunnit? Help solve the crime by looking at fingerprints, footprints, ink, and more!
Thursday, March 24th - 3:30 - 4:30pm OR 6:30 - 7:30pm (Ages 6 -12)
Lego Builders Club: Start Your Engines!


Adult Services

Computers and Technology


Wired Wednesdays


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 - January 20 & 27

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.


How to Navigate the Internet - February 3 & 10

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.


Getting Started with E-mail - February 17 & 24

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.


Introduction to Facebook - March 2 & 9

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.


Mobile Meet-Ups

All classes are at 1:30 - 2:15 pm Wednesdays, in the Great Room on the 2nd Floor

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


Introduction to Mobile Devices - January 20

Bring your phone or tablet and learn the basics of how to use the touch screen and navigate your device.


Simply Settings - January 27

Delve into your device settings to get teh most out of your mobile device.


All About Apps - February 3 & 10

Learn what apps are, how to get them, how to use them, and how to manage them.


Fabulous Photos - February 17 & 24

Learn to use the camera on your tablet or phone, and then how to share photos with your friends and family.


Mobile Storage - March 2 & 9

Learn to manage files and photos that are saved to your device.



eResources Saturdays


Introduction to ORL eBooks and eAudiobooks

 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


eBooks and eAudiobooks for Tablets and Smartphones - January 16

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.


eBooks for dedicated eReaders - January 30

Let us take you through the easy steps to set up your e-reader to borrow and read library eBooks. 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. Bring your eReader and your laptop.

Arts and Culture


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.

January's movie on the 18th is Motorcycle Diaries based on the book by Che Guevera. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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.

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

February 11th's book is The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison 


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:

      • 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



January 25: Great Free Genealogy Websites We will take you on a tour of some of our favourite free websites for family history. You will be amazed at what you can access free of charge!


February 22: Using Ancestry at the Okanagan Regional Library – An ORL Staff Member will demonstrate the Library Edition of the fabulous Ancestry website which is free at the Downtown Library to those with an ORL Library Card.


March 21: Genealogy Sources – What are They? To build your family tree, you need to find Sources of information to provide evidence of your ancestors’ lives. Learn how to assess whether information you find is reliable and what constitutes the best evidence.


April 25: Using Church Records for Family History – We will discuss church, parish and religious records, their usefulness in genealogy and how to access them. An amazing number of church records are now online!


May 30: What’s new in UK Research: England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland – Availability of records and resources for UK research is improving at a rapid pace. We will discuss some of the great resources online and at the KDGS Library.


June 27: Canadian Website Potpourri – Find out about some of the wonderful online resources for Canadian genealogical research! Many of these gems include information going beyond Canada so this will be of interest to all researchers.



Game Nights

Strategy Board Game Nights

Alternate Tuesdays January 19; February 2, 16; March 1, 15, 29

From 5:30 pm in the Meeting Room

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.


The Pollinizing Sessions

The Pollinizing Sessions will invite experts who will help the community learn more about important species such as bumble bees and other native bees and insects, about which plants can best support them, about pollinators’ importance to agriculture, and ways to build and support habitat for them. 

All talks will take place at the downtown Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis St) and will happen from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  They are free of charge but we encourage you to pre-register with the EventBrite links below (however, walk-ins are welcome if you can’t confirm your attendance in advance.)  The workshops are also free but you MUST pre-register as seating is limited.  Note the various locations of the workshops below.


The Talks

All talks are at 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Kelowna Branch

Pre-register to save a seat www.ecoartincubator.com


The Lives of Bumble Bees in the Anthropocene

Tuesday, January 12   Ralph Cartar (University of Calgary)

Dr. Cartar has studied the ecology of bumble bees in BC and Alberta for over 30 years, starting with his doctoral research at Simon Fraser University. He and his students at the University of Calgary have investigated the behaviour of bumble bees across a range of natural and human-altered landscapes. He is smitten with bumble bees, and hopes others will be, too.

Click here to register.


Beecology: Organic / Biodynamic Food Gardens for People and Pollinators

Thursday, January 21   Gabe Cipes (Summerhill Winery and Bistro)

Gabe Cipes is a Certified Permaculture designer, Beekeeper, Viticulturist and Biodynamicist at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. In addition, he is working closely with the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Representatives (TEK) on the Syilx Ethical Agriculture project. He is also the founding Director of the successful Okanagan arts/ecological/ music ecotone festival.

Click here to register.


Rescheduled - Pollinators and Farming in the Okanagan

New date To Be Determined - check back for details.   Kenna MacKenzie (Summerland Research and Development Centre)


The Relationship Between Bees and Plants: Stresses, Problems, and Solutions

Monday, February 29,   Brian Campbell (West Coast Seeds)


Tips and Plants for Creating a Water-wise Pollinator Garden

Thursday, March 3   Gwen Steele (Okanagan Xeriscape Association)


Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Local Plant Foods and Bees

Monday, March 7   Tracey Kim Bonneau (President, Of the Land Productions Inc.)


Save the Wild Bees: How They Help Produce Our Food, and How You Can Help in their Conservation

Thursday, April 7   Elizabeth Elle (Simon Fraser University)


Women Who Run with the Bees: Artists Inspired by Bees and Artist-Led Conservation Projects

Thursday, May 26   Lori Weidenhammer (Author and Artist)




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.