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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:

"Reel" Books Movie NightMarch 19, 2012

Join us for a free movie the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 in the meeting room. March's movie is Eat Pray Love.

Parkade & Library Access During Construction - Starts May 13

For now, access to the parkade and library continues to be off Doyle Avenue.

Starting soon, vehicle access to the library and parkade will be off Ellis on a temporary driveway. The entire driveway will be 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.


Asian Heritage Okanagan Movie Nights

Join us for Free Movies. Shows start at 7 pm in the meeting room off the lobby.

Wednesday May 13 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring (2003)  Life brings us lessons one season at a time. This Korean film is an elegantly simple and profound Buddhist fable. 

Wednesday May 20Mao’s Last Dancer (2010)  An inspirational Chinese-American drama based on the life story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin.

 KDGS Family History Forums

These forums are open to everyone. They run from 7 to 9 pm in the meeting room off the lobby.

 May 25, 2015

Sources for Births:  Where can you find the record for your ancestor’s birth?   A look at birth records for various places and time-periods and strategies for locating these.  You are encouraged to bring samples to “show and tell.”


June 22, 2015

Brickwall Busting:  Bring your “brickwall” family history problems and our KDGS Experts and forum members will help you solve them!  This will be a fun session where we can share our research stories and learn some great strategies for solving problems.


Youth Services

Story Times (newborn-6 years)

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

Favourite Toddler Time Songs & Rhymes

2015 Baby Time Songs & Rhymes

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.


Lego Builders (6-12 years)

Lego Builders Program & Registration Dates

April 23 Photos-Just Joking!

March 26 Photos-Construction Chaos

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

  • We meet at 7 pm in the meeting room off the lobby on the 2nd Thursday of each month. May's book is Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. The list of upcoming titles can be found here


 FREE Movie Nights         

  • Films based on books (or having some literary connection). Showtime is 7pm in the Meeting Room. May's movie, on Tuesday the 19th, is Away From Her, starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent. 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)

SPRING BOOK SALE -Saturday, April 18 from 9am-2pm at the Capital News Centre on Gordon Drive.

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.