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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

The driveway is being repaved on top of everything else. We most sincerely apologize for the continued inconvenience and offer our thanks to those of you who persevere in coming to visit us!

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

August 31-September 2 Train the New Librarian Baby Times and Toddler Times  

  • Baby Time: August 31 10:15-10:45am & September 2 11:00-11:30am
  • Toddler Time: September 1 & 2 10:15-10:45am

September 8-December 5 Story Times (newborn-6 years)

Astronomy for Preschoolers September 10

FALL Baby Time, Toddler Time & Family Story Time Schedule

Grandparents' Story Time Sept. 29, Oct. 1, 2 & 3


Fall Lego Builders (Ages 6-12)

Program Dates and Registration Dates



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

**We've run out of medals and there is a waiting list. Readers can come in for a book prize, draw tickets and stickers when they finish their reading log.  August 31 is the deadline for finishing the reading log.

Recycled Robot and Colouring Contest Entries must be picked up by September 4 if families would like to keep them. Winners have been notified. 





TEEN Summer Reading Club (13-17 years)

Reading BINGO! Play and win all summer long. Deadline for entries is August 31.

Adult Services                             

More computer and device training will be starting up this fall. In fact, many exciting changes coming to the branch in September. See our blog here for details!

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

  • We meet at 7 pm in the meeting room off the lobby on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  See our blog for the new list of titles! September 10th's book is The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.


 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)

27th Great Okanagan Book Sale 2015

Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 839 Sutherland Avenue

  • Thursday, October 15 9:30am-9pm

  • Friday, October 16 9:30am-9pm

  • Saturday, October 17 9am-3pm

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.