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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
*The library branch will be closed on Monday, August 3, for BC Day.

Free parking is available in the mall parking lot.

Summer Reading Club 2015: Build It!

To register for the club online, please click HERE

To register for Summer Reading Club programs, please click HERE.

(This link will take you to all the events in the ORL. To get Salmon Arm's programs:

  •  select 'Location' at the top of the page
  • uncheck all the locations in the drop down menus
  • select Salmon Arm and click on Search

*Your child must be registered for the club to take part in the programs.

**Registration for programs opens 3 weeks before each event.

***For a comprehensive list of Summer Reading Club programs, scroll down to Youth Services on this page.


To register online, please click here.

Teens can pick up their weekly reading cards in the Young Adult area of the Salmon Arm Library.



 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.

July Displays

  • Crime fiction for fans of TV police dramas/procedurals
  • Canning and preserving
  • Bird watching


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 the year-end book draw.


Book Club dates and titles:

July 25                     The Patience Stone by Atiq Rahimi                   

August 22                Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking:  A Memoir of Love and Longing by Anya Bremzen

September 26        A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

October 24              The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

November 28          Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

There will be no December meeting. 

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



 Youth Services:


Summer Reading Club 2015: Build It!

List of Programs:

SRC Launch: Thursday, July 2 from 10:00 – 12:00

Come register for Summer Reading Club, pick up your Reading Record and take part in fun activities and crafts.

Light snacks provided.


Magic Show: Wednesday, July 8 at 3:00

Enjoy a special SRC magic show by Leif David.

Registration and free tickets required.

Tickets can be picked up at the Information Desk after June 23.


Japanese Calligraphy: Wednesday, July 15 at 3:00

Must be able to write cursive for this program.

Registration required.


Build a Band: Tuesday, July 21 from 11:00 – 12:30

Make homemade musical instruments and learn to play a song.

Light snacks provided.

Registration required.


SPCA: Companions for Life: Thursday, July 23 at 2:00

Come meet a dog and learn how to care for pets.

Registration required.


Dr. Recycle: Friday, July 31 at 4:00

Make wacky stuff out of common junk with BC’s Mad Junkologist.

Registration required.


Structure Spectacular with OSC: Friday, Aug. 7 at 10:30 and 12:00.

Learn the secret to strong, stable buildings and participate in a building challenge.

Registration required.

Please only register for one show.


Mystery Theatre: Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 10:30 – 12:00

Build and prepare a Puppet Play for the SRC Celebration. All participants need to attend the SRC Celebration on Aug. 13.

Registration required.


SRC Celebration & Mystery Puppet Play: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 10:30.

Those who have completed their Reading Record will receive their SRC medal at this time. We will also watch the top 3 movies from the Stop-Motion LEGO Movie Contest and vote for the winner.

Drop-in program.


Weekly Programs:

SRC LEGO Story Time: Every Saturday in July from 10:30 – 11:45.

Come listen to fun stories and build a LEGO creation based on the stories, or use this time to work on your Stop-Motion LEGO Movie.

Drop-in program.

SRC Story Time & Puppet Making: Saturday, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 at 10:30.

Listen to fun stories and then make simple puppets.

Drop-in program.



Stop-Motion LEGO Movie

Create a short stop-motion movie based on a scene from your favorite story or your favorite character. Email your name, the title of your story and a link to your short clip to Ardie at aburnham@orl.bc.ca by 5:00PM on August 8th. The top 3 clips will be shown at the SRC Celebration and the audience will vote for the winner.  



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

No Toddler Time in June.

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


Story Time

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 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. 

Friends of the Library have recently helped fund:

  • a lectern and AV cart for guest speakers and author visits
  • 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.