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Salmon Arm

#285 Piccadilly Mall
1151 10th Ave. SW
Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 1T3
(250) 832-6161

Email:  salmonarm@orl.bc.ca

The library has two book return bins - one behind the library, next to the Canadian Tire loading dock and open 24 hours, and one inside the mall next to the library entrance and open during mall hours. Book drops are locked during extended closures (Easter and Christmas).

Please find our events below on the branch calendar, or search the ORL Calendar of Events.

Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Oct. 19 to Apr. 19
All branches closed on statutory holidays

Free parking is available in the mall parking lot.

Town Hall Forum

There will be a Town Hall forum on Thursday, May 28  from 6:30 - 8:30 in the Library, to discuss proposed changes to staffing and service levels at the Salmon Arm branch.  The forum will be moderated by ORL Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Hall, and library users and members of the public will hav an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns.  For more information on the proposed changes, click here, or call James Laitinen, Salmon Arm Branch Head Librarian at 250-832-61616 ext. 5891 or jlaitinen@orl.bc.ca


Branch Services


Reference / Information Assistance

Whether you want suggestions on a good book to read, or need assistance with in-depth research, our Reference staff can help you.  We can draw upon our Reference collection, which includes many print and digital resources not freely available on the internet (such as vehicle repair manuals, legal reference works, and directories).  Drop by, give us a call (250-832-6161, ext. 5821) or send us an email (sareference@orl.bc.ca)  


Reading Advice

 Looking for some inspiration on what to read next?  Ask our staff for suggestions on good books or authors to read, movies or TV series to watch, or music to listen to.  If you’re browsing in the library, we also always have displays on various topics.

May Displays

  • Speech and Language Communication (May is Speech Language & Hearing Awareness Month)
  • Bicycling
  • Books similar to the Game of Thrones series


Basic eBook Assistance

If you need assistance downloading eBooks to your tablet or eReader, we can help!  Phone us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca and we can schedule an individual, one-to-one appointment with you. 

Click here for more information about our digital resources, such as eBooks, or magazines you can download to your tablet for free!


Internet Access

We have 7 Internet stations you can use for free; you just need an ORL library card to log on the computers. 

We also have a printer (25 cents/page, black and white copies).

Our computers have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as Google Earth, and access to subscription services such as Ancestry, Alldata (vehicle repair), BC Codes (BC Plumbing and Fire Codes), and Grant Connect (a fundraising/grants website)


Photocopying and Scanning

Our photocopier does double-sided copying, as well as enlarging/reducing.  Copies are 25 cents/page, and are black and white.

The photocopier also scans, so you can scan a document, and email a PDF copy.  Scanning is free, but you have to deposit a quarter to activate the menu.  Staff are also available if you need assistance.


Exam Invigilation

If you are taking a course, and need to have an exam invigilated/proctored, one of our librarians can do this.  Click here for more information on exam invigilation.  Call us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca.


Branch Tours

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.

To book a free tour for kids call us at 250-832-6161ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@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 us for further information.

To book a free tour for adults call us at 250-832-6161ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca



Adult Book Club  

The Salmon Arm Branch invites you to join our Saturday Afternoon Book ClubDiscuss the book of the month and enjoy a refreshment!

4th Saturday of the month, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m in the Young Adult room in the Library. 

Drop-in, no registration required.  Every time you attend a Book Club session, enter your name for a book draw at the June 27 meeting.


Book Club dates and titles:

January 24             Deafening by Frances Itani

February 28            Inconvenient Indian:  A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

March 28                 City of Thieves by David Benioff

April 25                    A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart

May 23                     The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

June 27                    Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

For more information please contact the library at 250-832-6161, Ext.  5829 or Ext. 5821


Book Club Gala

Saturday, June 20 (2:30 - 3:30)

Area book club members are invited to share their favourite and recommended titles, converse and network with other book club lovers.  Learn how the ORL can serve book clubs.    There will be book draws, coffee and refreshments.  For more information, contact Alice Richards at 250-832-6161 ext. 5829 or arichards@orl.bc.ca


 Youth Services:


Summer Reading Club 2015: Build It!

Registration begins Tuesday, June 23.  More information to come...please check back in June!


A little bit of this and a little bit of that: stories, singing, dancing, puppets and lots of fun and laughter for kids of all ages and stages. All library storytimes are free - just drop in! 

For more information about our children's programs, please contact the Salmon Arm Branch at 250-832-6161, or email Ardie at aburnham@orl.bc.ca


Toddler Time

Join us for Winter Toddler Time - Thursdays at 10:30, from February 5 to May 28. 

No Toddler Time in June.

Toddler Time summer schedule is every Thursday at 10:30 from July 9 through August 13.


Story Time

Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for all ages - Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30, from January 21 to May 20.

No Story Time in June.

Summer Story Time at the library will be every Saturday at 10:30 from July 4 through August 15.


Story Time in the Park

Wednesdays from June 24 to August 19 at 10:30.  

Locations are listed below:

 June 24 - Field of Dreams Park at Little Mountain Sports Complex- 250 - 30 St. SE

July 8 - Blackburn Park- 681 - 10 Ave. SW

July 15 - Fletcher Park- 450 - 2 Ave. NE

July 22 - Klahani Park- 6391 10 Ave. SE

July 29 - North Canoe Beach- 7720 36 Street (in Canoe)

August 5 - Kin Park at the Scout Hall- 2460 Auto Road SE

August 12 - North Canoe Elementary School- 7310 50 St NE (in Canoe)

August 19 - Drum Park at OK College- 2552 Trans Canada Hwy NE, Salmon Arm

If it's raining hard, Story Time in the Park will be held in the library.


LEGO Story Time

Returning in the Fall. Check back in August for more information.


Pajama Story Time

Returning in the Fall. Check back in September 2015 for dates. 


Salmon Arm Kids and Library Services 4 SA Teens Blogs

Pictures from past programs and Summer Reading Club events can be found at our Salmon Arm Kids in the Library blog at http://salibrarykids.wordpress.com.  Teens can access our Library Services 4 SA Teens blog at http://salibrary4teens.wordpress.com.  Our new Youth Services Librarian, Ardie, will be regularly updating this blog with news about children's programs and special events. We welcome your comments and suggestions!


Friends of the Library 

Salmon Arm's Friends of the Library group was formed in 1998. The Friends support the library through advocacy and fundraising, such as organizing two book sales a year, in January and June. Book sale proceeds help sponsor library programs such as author visits and special children's programs and contests. The Friends have donated several furnishings for the library,including our lounge chairs and the loveseat in the children's area. Friends also volunteer with the library's Homebound delivery program. Meetings are held 5 times a year on the third Monday of January, April, June, September and November. 

In 2014, Friends of the Library helped fund:

  • Summer Reading Club programs and prizes
  • a set of wire mesh browsing baskets for library users to carry items while browsing our shelves
  • a large Canada wall map

The Friends are actively looking for new members who would like to support  the Salmon Arm and South Shuswap ORL Branches.  If you love the library, and have time to help, contact Sherry at sherrius@telus.net  for more information.       

 June Booksale

The June Book Sale will take place outside the Library entrance on Friday, June 19 (9AM - 8PM) and Saturday, June 20 (9AM - 4PM).