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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 open 24 hours behind the library, next to the Canadian Tire loading dock, 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: Closed
*The library branch will be closed on Monday, October 12, for Thanksgiving Day.

Free parking is available in the mall parking lot.


Upcoming Programs

Why Voting Counts - Especially Now

Friday, October 9 (7:00-8:00) or Saturday, October 10 (2:00-3:00)

In the lead-up to the federal election, Dr. Warren Bell, from the nonpartisan group Renewing Democracy Through Cooperation, will outline systemic weaknesses in our Canadian democracy, and suggest how your vote could lead to improvements in how this country is governed.  If you have concerns about low voter turnout and making the electoral process more responsive to voters, join us for this non-partisan discussion.

Drop in for either of the two sessions we’ll be having - Friday, October 9, from 7:00-8:00 or Saturday, October 10, from 2:00-3:00. 


This is not a library sponsored program, but a community event.  The political viewpoints expressed by Renewing Democracy do not represent the opinions of the Library.  The Library does not endorse the content nor the views expressed at this presentation. 

 Author Reading - Lynne Stonier-Newman

Friday, October 23  10:30-11:30

Local author Lynne Stonier-Newman will be reading selections from her book Policing a Pioneer Province:  BC Provincial Police, 1858-1950 on Friday, October 23 at 10:30.     If you enjoy BC history and reading about frontier life, this might be the author reading for you.  Lynne will talk about policing challenges between 1939 and 1945 as the BC Provincial Police strived to keep law and order throughout the province.

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.

October Displays

  • Elections and Politics
  • Horror (of all kinds)
  • Shuswap Needle Arts Guild 

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:



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

Toddler Time fall schedule is every Thursday at 10:30 from September 17 through December 10. 


Story Time

Fall Story Time at the library will be every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 from September 23 through December 12.


Pajama Story Time

PJs and stuffies are welcome!

Friday, September 25 at 6:00pm

Friday, October 23 at 6:00pm

Friday, November 20 at 6:00pm 


LEGO Builders Club

For ages 6-12

Call 250-832-6161 or drop-in to register for this FREE program.

Online registration is also available. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.  

LEGO is provided.  


Zombie Attack

Registration starts September 24

Thursday, October 8

3:30 - 4:30


Just Joking

Registraton starts October 29

Thursday, November 12

3:30 - 4:30


Winter Wonderland

Registration starts November 26

Thursday, December 10

3:30 - 4:30



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 in January, April, June, September and November.   The next meeting is Monday, February 1 at 2pm, in the Piccadilly Mall Boardroom (down the hallway past InView Optical)

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  or 250-804-0936 for more information.       

 The January Book Sale will be held Friday, January 29(9:00-8:00) and Saturday, January 30 (9:00-4:00).