1380 Ellis St.
Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2A2
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!
|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.|
|*The library branch will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the BC Day holiday.|
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.
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.
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.
Join our free Read-to-Me Club to win books and prizes for your little one this summer!
In-person registration starts Saturday, June 18th. All Story Times are drop-in!
Baby Time: Mondays 10:15-10:45am & Wednesdays 11:00-11:30am
Toddler Time: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:15-10:45am
Family Story Time: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 11:00-11:30am
Join our FREE Summer Reading Club to participate in weekly contests and programs. PLUS prizes, awards, and special guests (including magician Leif David & the Kelowna Museums!).
Required in-person registration for SRC starts Saturday, June 18th. You must register in-person for Summer Reading Club BEFORE you can register for individual SRC programs.
Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ex. 2823 for more information.
July 5th: Book a Trip to Your Backyard!
July 6th: Circus Yoga
July 7th: Gravity Art
July 8th: Book a Trip on Water!
July 12th: Book a Trip with Mary Poppins & the Actors Studio
July 13th: Dogs in the Library!
July 14th: Discover the Universe!
July 15th: Book a Trip to a Maker Lab!
July 19th: Fractured Fairy Tales & T-shirt Painting
July 20th: How Far Can You Go? Airplane Science!
July 21st: Lego Builders: Around the World
July 22nd: Ronald McDonald Story Time
July 26nd: Bring the Outdoors In: Build a Terrarium!
July 27th: Book a Trip to Space: Salt Art & Rocket Ships
July 28th: Book a Trip to Laughs with Uncle Chris the Clown!
August 2nd: Book a Travel Adventure! T-shirt Painting
August 3rd: Book a Trip to a Maker Lab!
August 4th: Book a Trip to the Past with the Kelowna Museums!
August 5th: Operation Egg Drop!
August 9th: Book a Car Trip! Build Your Own Invention
August 10th: Tour the World! Map Magnets
August 11th: Lego Builders: Up, Up, & Away!
August 12th: Book a Trip to a Magic Show with Leif David!
August 16th: Book a Trip to the Library! Scavenger Hunt
August 17th: Book a Trip to Hogwarts!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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:
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!
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.