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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
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.

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

Special Events


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

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

FALL Baby Time, Toddler Time & Family Story Time Schedule


Fall Lego Builders (Ages 6-12)

Program Dates and Registration Dates


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.

November 8th, 1:00-2:00pm 
Marshmallow engineering: Become an engineer by using creativity to plan and design an architectural masterpiece using marshmallows.
FREE registration starts Friday, October 23. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ext. 2823.
November 22nd, 1:00-2:00pm 
Constructing advent calendars: Construct your very own advent calendar using the materials provided.
FREE registration starts Friday, November 6. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ext. 2823.
December 6th, 1:00-2:00pm 
Money Smart Art Market: Use your money smarts to plan a crafty creation using materials you will have to purchase with the tokens you are given.
FREE registration starts Friday, November 20. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ext. 2823.
January 31st, 1:00-2:00pm 
Up, up & away: Learn about the science behind buoyancy by controlling the altitude of your hot-air balloon and ensuring it can fly with a passenger.
FREE registration starts Friday, January 15. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ext. 2823.

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 27th, 1:00-2:00pm
Sink or float?: Can you create a seaworthy vessel that successfully transports your passengers to shore?

FREE registration starts Friday, March 11. Call Youth Services at 250-762-2800 ext. 2823. 


Christmas Puppet Show (Ages 3-6)

Tuesday, December 8 - 6:30-7:00pm & Thursday, December 10, Friday, December 11, & Saturday December 12 - 11:00-11:30am.

Recommended for ages 3-6.

FREE TICKETS REQUIRED. Available at the Children's Information Desk starting November 23.

Contact Kelowna Youth Services at 250-762-2800 EX 2823.


Family Holiday Movie Matinee (Ages 6 and up)

Come join us for a special screening of Rise of the Guardians!

Sunday, December 13 - 12:00 p.m.

Recommended for children ages six and up, but the whole family is welcome!

DROP-IN, no registration required.


Adult Services

Computers and Technology

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

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.

Session 1: September 2 and 9      

Session 2: October 28 and November 4


How to Navigate the Internet

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.

Session 1:September 16 and 23  

Session 2: November 18 and 25


Getting Started with E-mail

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.

Session 1: September 30 and October 7  

Session 2: December 2 and 9


Introduction to Facebook

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.

Session 1: October 14 and 21


Personal Technology

Drop In Tech Help

Need help with your laptop, tablet or eReader? Let our librarians help you. Learn how to navigate your device, how to perform basic functions, and to access library resources like eBooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Bring your device, passwords, and questions!

Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, in the Great Room. September 2 to December 2. (Please Note: the library will be closed November 11).

Free, drop-in program. No registration necessary.


Your Mobile Library - An introduction to eBooks and eAudiobooks for Tablets and Smartphones

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

Saturday September 19. 10:30 - 12:00 in the Meeting Room.

Saturday November 14. 10:30 - 12:00 in the Meeting Room.



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.

Our December movie is Christmas Story on December 21st.


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 new list of titles!

December 10th's book is Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese.


The First Page Book Club

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Meeting Room. September 8 to November 17.

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.

First Title: Gary Paulsen's adventure novel Hatchet


National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. In support of all local writers taking on the brave quest of completing a work of long fiction in 30 days, Kelowna Library is a Come Write In location for NaNoWriMo 2015. To learn more about National Novel Writing Month visit www.nanowrimo.org.


NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party

Thursday, October 22nd, 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Great Room.

Get inspired, grab a survival kit, meet others participating in this epic journey. Local NaNoWriMo liaison, Deborah O'Keeffe, will share her survival tips, and teach you how to get the most out of your NaNoWriMo experience.


Come Write In

Thursdays, November 5 - 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Great Room.

Join us every Thursday in November for a NaNoWriMo writers meet-up. The library provides a welcoming environment to get your creativity flowing. Work on your novel surrounded by your NaNoWriMo peers. Light refreshments, power, and wifi provided.


Research Night

Watch this space for updates. We are working on a research night linking writers with UBC professors or graduate students. Get the information and research tips you need from the experts so your novel can be accurate and awesome.


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



November 23:  Genealogy Filing Systems – Following up on last month’s topic, we will talk about practical filing systems to help you organize your research and information (both paper and digital).  These simple systems make it easy to keep organized!



Special Events


Board Games in the Great Room

Tuesday November 17th starting at 6:30 pm in the Great Room.

No registration required.

Attention board gamers! Join us for our first ever Board Games in the Great Room on the second floor of the library. 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.


Kelowna Community Christmas

Wednesday, December 9, 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Atrium.

Registration appreciated - Call 250-762-2800 to register.

Come celebrate Christmas together. Join Library staff, the Kelowna Community Chorus, and other community members for an afternoon of carols and stories. Share cocoa and cookies around the Library Christmas Tree. All ages Welcome.

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.