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2800 - 30th Ave.
Vernon, B.C. V1T 8S3
(250) 542-7610

There are three book drop bins located on the east side of the building. They are locked during extended library 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 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Oct. 19 to Apr. 19
All branches closed on statutory holidays

There is underground parking available at the branch during open hours, with elevator access into the library.  The entrance ramp is located beside the south side of the building. The parking rate is 50 cents per hour, with a two hour maximum. There is also metered street parking available.

More downtown parking information is available here.


Sunday openings end for the spring/ summer on April 19th.

Try out our new events calendar here.

Announcing Library at Your Door!

The library is coming to your door with a pilot project to deliver free service to Coldstream and Vernon library patrons physically unable to visit the library. If you are a homebound senior, contact Nexus BC Senior Services at 250-545-0585 to be screened for the program.

Supported by the ORL, Nexus BC, the Vernon Friends of the Library, and Southward Medical Supplies.











Vernon Friends of the Library


Little girl with a library card

If you have any questions or would like to contact someone for a tour, please contact our Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Vollick svollick@orl.bc.ca  or leave a message at 250-542-7610 ext. 6829. For pictures from past events and more see our kids blog http://vernonlibrarykids.wordpress.com/ 

All children's programs are free. Events for young children require a parent or guardian to stay and enjoy the program with them.



Ages 0-5

Story Time

January 19, 2015 – May 16

Monday & Thursday 10:30am with Judy

Tuesday & Saturday 10:30am with Stephanie 

Wednesday 7pm with Stephanie

(Examples of past storytimes)

Toddler Time

February 18-March 25 , April 8-May 13
Wednesdays at 11am with Judy

Early Years Fair

April 11th 10:15-12. With special guest children's muscian Kathy Reid-Naiman!  Learn about the resources and programs available to families in Vernon.

Ages 5-8

Spring Break (registration required)

Ages 9-13

Spring Break


Check out the teen blog for more information: Hanging at VE Branch.



Purple Shield: Living Well and Leaving Well Workshop

This is a seminar geared towards 40+ men and women providing important information about Probate, Power of Attorney and The Canada Purple Shield plan. We will explain how this plan works and how simple and quick it can be to pre-plan and pre-fund funeral arrangements in advance – saving money and making things easier for those we love.

May 11th in the meeting room,  2:30 - 3:30 pm.


Post Secondary Information Sessions

Have questions about what Okanagan College can offer you?

How can you audit classes?

How do credits work?

What services are at Okanagan College?

Kim Strilchuk, Education Advisor, will be at the Vernon Branch every  Monday afternoon (2:30-4:30pm)  to answer your questions.


Computer Help

Junction Literacy's Seniors Computer Support Program will be running out of the library on Tuesday mornings. Meet with the program coordinator and get help.

10 am - noon, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of the month in the small office upstairs.


Chess Night

Come play the game of kings!  Everyone is welcome, from beginners to seasoned players.

Every Tuesday evening, 6:00 - 9:00 pm upstairs in the library (just outside the computer lab).


Meditation Group

Okanagan Oneness Blessing, a non-denominational meditation group, meets at the library on Tuesday evenings. No experience is necessary, only an open mind and heart.  Free, all are welcome to attend. Drop-in

Every Tuesday evening, 6:30-8:30pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs)


The Writer's Circle

Come join a group of writers dedicated to developing their work through networking and sharing ideas.

Every  2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm  in the library's Community Room 


Letter from the Land of Fear

An engaging and provocative presentation by Salmon Arm author Calvin White about the year he spent in Central Asia, as a member of Doctors Without Borders.

April 1st at 7 pm in the meeting room.



Come join RESULTS Vernon for and Education and Action meeting  and learn about global development issues.  Join in working together to create the political will to end the worst aspects of poverty.  With your help, we can end extreme poverty sooner and prevent more needless deaths and suffering.  http://www.results-resultats.ca/en/

2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00-9:00pm in the Community Room (upstairs).


Okanagan WordPress Meetup

Are you're interested in learning more about one of the web's most popular website platforms, just recently started to blog with WordPress, or are a pro-blogger wanting to improve your skills?  We'd love to have you join the meetup!  A group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publisher will be meeting in the library to get together to share their knowledge and experience and to meet other WordPress users in the area.  Please come down to the library to join in to discuss and learn all about WordPress to power projects, blogs, and websites.  Check out their website to find out more:  http://www.meetup.com/Okanagan-WordPress-Meetup/.  No registration required for this free program - just drop in!

2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm in the meeting room.


Amnesty International Meeting

You can make a difference!
Join our Amnesty International's Vernon Group and hear presentations on various human rights issues that Amnesty International is working on. We write at least two letters about a cause or case that Amnesty International has performed a thorough investigation and chosen to support.

3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm October to May in the Meeting Room.

April 15th, May 20th.


Vernon Permaculture Group Drop-in

Vernon Permaculture is an open community group who's aim is to share regenerative knowledge and hands on experiences with one another in order to build a stronger community and healthier local environment. Everyone is welcome.

4th Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the meeting room.



The Idea Exchange: Simply Solar Energy

An introduction to basic solar concepts and uses, presented by Alanna Dean and the BC Sustainable Energy Association. Are you curious about solar energy and whether it is a viable option for you? Learn more about one of the fastest growing renewable energy sources in the world, and what is happening both in Canada and globally.

 April 16th, 7 pm in the meeting room.

The Idea Exchange is a regular forum where community members can join together to discover new thoughts, debate topics and share ideas. The public is welcome to propose themes and can contact the Idea Exchange Coordinator, Kristy, at khennings@orl.bc.ca to inquire about presenting.


Author Neil McKinnon reads from his novel, The Greatest Lover of Last Tuesday

Do you like sex? Are you getting older? Do you just like to laugh? Join Neil McKinnon as he reads from his new novel and shares snippets from the life of his character, 80-year-old Alberto Camelo, a.k.a. The Greatest Lover of Last Tuesday.

May 7th, 2 pm in the meeting room.


Strategy Board Games Night

The library invites you to use our space to meet with friends and play your favourite board games. From Settlers of Catan to historical war gaming, a veterean gamer and librarian will be on-hand to moderate and to play. Bring your games, bring your opponents or come alone and meet others who share your hobby. Lengthier games can be stowed away and picked up again the following session. The librarian will be bringing Mage War with more to come.

Every Thursday night at 5:30 pmat the tables in front of the computer lab.


Elders Games Night

First Nations Elders are invited to get together and play games. New players are always welcome.

Every Thursday night at 6 pm in the Community Room.


 Role Playing Games Night

The library invites you to join in on an ongoing campaign of mystery and horror. A traditional pencil and paper role-playing night will be hosted once a month at the library. Travel back to the 1920s and join a team of globe travelling investigators and attempt to unravel a complex and ominous mystery. No experience with role-playing necessary.

The last Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm location to be determined.



Annual Vernon Book Club Gala 

Are you a member of a book club in Vernon? Would you like to share recommended titles and bookish chatter? 3 people from each book club may attend. Top 10 booklists need to be in to Kristy (khennings@orl.bc.ca) by April 10th to be considered for inclusion.

May 9th, 10:30 am in the meeting room. Registration is required. Register online here or email khennings@orl.bc.ca.


Vernon Knitting Circle

These drop-in sessions are for knitters of all experience levels and are open to anyone interested in knitting, whether new or experienced. Bring along yarn and needles, and a project  you are working on. Hosted by Allison Griswold and Janet Armstrong, both passionate, experienced knitters who love sharing their knowledge. Bring your knitting questions and problems, and they’ll happily work out the solutions for you.

Every Saturday morning, 10 am - noon. Held at the tables upstairs near the computer lab. Free of charge.


Saturday Adult Book Club

Vernon Branch invites you to read the suggested titles and to join us for a lively, facilitated discussion of the featured title. The book club is open to all interested adults and preregistration is not required. Held the thrid and fourth Saturday of every month from 10:30 - 11:30 am in the library's upstairs community room. Both meetings are the same discussion, so you can choose to attend either. Thank you to the Vernon Friends of the Library for their support of the Adult Book Club.

2015 Titles

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (March 21st & 28th)

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: a Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya Von Bremzen (April 18th & 25th)

In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje (May 16th & 23rd)

The Patience Stone Atiq Rahimi (June 20th & 27th)

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller (July 18th & 25th)

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay (August 15th & 22nd)

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (September 19th & 26th)

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (October 17th & 24th)

The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing (November 21st & 28th)

You are responsible for placing a hold on a copy of the book.

Please note: Many titles are also available in ebook and audiobook formats in the ORL catalogue.


Seedy Sunday at ORL!    April 19   1:00-3:00pm     ORL Meeting Room on the Main Floor.

The Vernon Branch of ORL invites you to help kick-start the spring sowing season!

Please join us in celebrating the preservation of seeds and sustainable gardening with the help of two budding seed lending libraries in Vernon --- Okanagan Regional Library and Okanagan College Library. 

Seedy Sunday is an opportunity to share seed saving tips and techniques and to learn more about seed preservation.  Join folks from both ORL and OC libraries and Patchwork Farms (located at the Demonstration Garden at Okanagan College, Vernon Campus) to share the vision of these seed lending libraries.  ORL is presently seeking donations of heirloom seeds to help its collection take root!

Brochures on saving seed are available at the ORL Vernon Branch.  

For more information on these budding seed libraries please contact Karen Friesen at the Vernon Campus Library (545-7291 Ext. 2268) and Peter Critchley at ORL (250-542-6210 Ext. 6820).  

This free public event is open to anyone interested in connecting with like-minded seed savers! See you there!

 If you have an idea you'd like to see happen @ your library, email us at vereference@orl.bc.ca.

ServicesBranch Head Tara Thompson holding a selection of eReading devices.

Basic eBook Training

We offer free one-on-one training sessions to help you learn to use our digital resources including our eBook collections, digital audiobooks and Zinio. Check here to see if your eReader or Tablet is compatible with the library's eBook provider. Do you have questions about what the library can offer you? Call today to sign up! 250-542-7610 ext. 6822.

For some tips on purchasing an eReader/Tablet please check out the ORL's Blog post that's loaded with tips. 

Free Community Space

The library has a beautiful community meeting room that can be booked for up to two hours at a time, free of charge. You may book the room up to one day in advance by calling 250-542-7610 ext. 6822. It's a great space for tutoring, studying, meetings, scrapbooking and more!

Exam Invigilation

Are you looking for somewhere to take an invigilated exam, either written or online? The library can help you out.  Basic information can be found on the Exams in the Library page.  Call or email us for more details at vereference@orl.bc.ca or 250-542-7610 ext. 6822.

Internet, Photocopying and Scanning

The Vernon Branch has 17 internet terminals with word processing capabilities available for one hour per day with a valid ORL library card. Unlimited wifi access is available all day. Printing and photocopying is $.25 per page, black and white only. Scanning to email is available at the 2nd floor photocopier and is free of charge.

Meeting Room Rental

The Vernon Branch has meeting rooms available for rent on open days.

The main meeting room has a capacity of 100 with a theatre style set-up, and can be divided into two smaller rooms, each with a capacity of 50.

Rental fees are $50.00 for a 3-hour block for each of the smaller rooms and $85.00 for the whole room. There is a fee of $10.00 for each additional hour for both room sizes.  Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.

For further information, please contact the branch at 250-542-7610 ext 6819.

There is also a small group study room on the second floor of the library which holds about 8-10 people. There is no charge for its use, but bookings are only taken up to one day in advance.

For further information, please contact the branch at 250-542-7610 ext 6820.

Vernon Grows: Seed Lending Library

The Vernon branch is creating a seed lending library, in conjunction with Okanagan College and Patchwork Farms. Once the library is sufficiently stocked, patrons will be allowed to check out seeds on the condition they replace the seeds the following season from the plants they grew.

Two step-by-step guides on how to save heirloom seeds are now available at the library. Any patron interested in contributing seeds to the library  is asked to place seeds from each vegetable in its own envelope and label it with the type of vegetable, variety  if known, date collected and general location. The seeds can be dropped off at the upstairs information desk at the library.

For more information please contact the library at 250-546-7610 and ask for Peter.

Vernon Friends of the Library

The Vernon Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1989, is registered under the Society Act of British Columbia.

The major fundraiser is the huge book sale held in early May every year. 

In 2013 the Vernon Friends of the Library paid for:

  • new blinds in the Community Room upstairs
  • refreshments at the Adult Book Club
  • our "Teen" sign
  • Rolling Art cart used in craft programs
  • Exhibit case used to hold the board games
  • items in the staffroom
  • plates & mugs for use in the meeting rooms
  • writer's workshop as part of NaNoWrit month
  • digital camera for the branch
  • Christmas decorations for the branch

The Friends also hold smaller book sales throughout the year, and provide book bags to purchase at the branch.

New members are always welcome, and anyone interested in more information can contact Linda Wills at 250-549-1466 or lwills41@telus.net


Q. What is the name of the "people chairs" under the stairs?

A. Those chair were bought as part of the the new library and are called Bouloum Lounge chairs.

Q.  Can you tell me more about the artwork in the library?

A.  Most of the artwork should have information tags beside each piece.  Our Friends of the LIbrary co-ordinates the artwork in the library and the vast majority is displayed by the Vernon Art Gallery.