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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.

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)  


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


Global eBook Club

Between March 17 and March 31, be part of a global eBook club.  During this time period, OverDrive, one of our eBook providers, is providing unlimited access to Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates.  Click here for access to ORL eBooks.

 Youth Services:

Spring Break 2015 

Lego Builders Club

For ages 9 – 13 and siblings

Tuesday, March 24 at 3:00pm

This month’s theme is Pirates (Aaaarrrh!).

Registration Required


Japanese Calligraphy

For ages 9 – 18

Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00pm

Registration Required


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. 


Story Time

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


LEGO Story Time

For ages 5 - 8 and siblings.

Come listen to stories then build Lego creations based on the stories read.

All programs are from 3:00 - 4:00pm


Tuesday, February 10

Wednesday, March 18

Tuesday, April 7

Wednesday, May 13

Registration is required, and starts 3 weeks before the program date. Call 250-832-6161 or email aburnham@orl.bc.ca. to register.


Pajama Story Time

Everyone is welcome to this drop-in program.

Grab a stuffie, get in your pj's and come down to the library for 30 minutes of fun bedtime stories and songs.

All programs are from 6:00 - 6:30pm


Friday, February 20

Friday, March 6

Tuesday, April 14

Tuesday, May 5

LEGO Builders Club

For ages 9-13

Build LEGO creations around a theme.   Registration is required, and starts 3 weeks before the program date.   To register, drop by the Information Desk, phone 250-832-6161 or email aburnham@orl.bc.ca

All programs are from 3:00-4:00

Wednesday, February 11          Favourite Things

Tuesday, March 24                     Pirates

Wednesday, April 8                    Lights, Camera, Action!

Tuesday, May 12                         I Can Fly!



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.