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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: Closed March 27th - September 25th, Open again October 2nd, 2016 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All ORL branches are 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.

Use our new events calendar here to register and view upcoming events.












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

Parent or guardian participation is always required for this age group.


Story Time - drop-in

July 9-August

Mondays and Saturdays at 10:30am


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 10:30am


Ages 5-8 

Parent or guardian participation is always required for this age group.

  • Summer Reading Club (July 4- August 26) Register through our calendar starting 2 weeks before each event.

Ages 9-12

  • Summer Reading Club (July 4- August 26) Register through our calendar starting 2 weeks before each event.


We are currently displaying teen photography in the youth area. 


Teen Writing Workshops

July 5-9th 3-5pm (register)

Author Harold Rhenish will help you hone your writing skills. 


Teen Summer Book Club

8pm Tuesdays

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart July 5
  • Karma by Cathy Ostlere July 12
  • What Happened To Ivy  by Kathy Stinson July 19
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz July 26
  • The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston August 2
  • The Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat Aug 9
  • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larson by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund Aug 16


Teen Summer Comic Book Club

7pm Tuesdays

  • Nimona July 5
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 1  July 12
  • American Born Chinese July 19
  • The Plain Janes July 26
  • X-Men Magneto Aug 2
  • Page by Paige Aug 9
  • This One Summer Aug 16


Teen Advisory Group

Join a committee that will put on monthly events for teens. Gain volunteer experience by promoting the library to youth and have a say in what the library offers your community.

  • 2pm July 13
  • 2pm August 3


 Check out the teen blog for past events Hanging at VE Branch


Vernon Adult Summer Reading Club

Do you love to read? Summer is the best time to explore great new books while lying on the beach, sitting around the campfire or lounging in a hammock. 

Our first adult Summer Reading Club is open to adults age 18 and over who are members of the ORL. Fill in your reading BINGO card to win one of five grand prizes of a $50 gift card to a local bookstore! The Summer Reading Club runs June 10th - September 9th, 2016. Generously supported by the Vernon Friends of the Library. 

To register either visit us at the library, call us at 250-542-7610 ext. 6820 or email us at vereference@orl.bc.ca. 


We are closed on Sundays through the spring and summer. We will open for Sundays again October 2nd.


Get Booksmacked for Culture Days! Come out for our annual evening of reading recommendations at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre with a crew of wild and nerdy book lovers. Our team will speed review as many books and films as they can in an hour. Booklists promised, hilarity may ensue. No tickets required, free of charge. Audience participation encouraged. Wine bar available.

Sunday October 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Marie Fleming Hall of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre


Okanagan College Education Adviser Kim Strilchuk will be at the branch, on the second floor adjacent to the information desk, every Monday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to answer any questions you might have. This service is first-come first-serve.



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).

Sound To Silence

A new silent meditation group, with an emphasis on mindfulness and present moment consciousness, will begin meeting at the Vernon branch beginning Sept. 6. It is a free drop-in program open to all.

First and third Tuesday evening of each month, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the community room on the second floor .


The CAYA Chatroom

Meet with others using AAC devices and learn from and with each other.  For more information contact Michelle at 250-809-1098 or mbunney@cayabc.org ; or Katherine at 250-809-6990 or kwhitrow@cayabc.org

The last Tuesday of the month - 10:00-12:00 noon in the Meeting Room (downstairs). September 27th, October 25th, November 29th.


The Writer's Circle

Come join a group of writers dedicated to developing their work through networking and sharing ideas. No registration required, just show up with your ideas!

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm 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. There is a specific topic being discussed every month. Please see http://www.meetup.com/Okanagan-WordPress-Meetup/ for more information. No registration required for this free program - just drop in!

2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs). October - December.


Amnesty International 

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 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs). October 19th & November 16th.

Miniature War Gaming Wednesdays

Okanagan Board Game Group is pleased to host a night of tabletop miniature wargaming. All types of miniature games are available, from X-Wing Miniatures to the WW2 setting of Dust. New players and experienced players are welcome. Come down and get eye-to-eye with your favourite figures.

First and Third Wednesdays of every month at 6:00 pm upstairs, outside the computer lab.

Vernon Permaculture Group Drop-in

Vernon Permaculture is an open community group whose 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.

Last Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).

BC Sustainable Energy Association Community Gathering

Every month the Okanagan Chapter of the BCSEA will discuss a new topic related to sustainability and transitioning communities away from fossil fuels. Come, get involved, learn, connect and network; everyone is welcome! Learn more at http://www.bcsea.org/chapters/okanagan or email bcseaok@gmail.com.

3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room (upstairs). Not meeting again until September.


Games Night

Come out and Play!

Our friendly group features gamers of every skill level with a great variety of games played. Bring your own favourite or join us to try out something new - we play everything from light social games all the way to in-depth miniature strategies.

Want to know more? Join our Facebook group: Okanagan Board Gamers for more information and special events

Every Thursday night at 5:30 pm upstairs in the library (just outside 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 (upstairs).

Mah-Jongg Night

Come to the library, learn how to play Mah-Jongg (American Version), and stay for a game.  Drop-in and Free!

Every Thursday night 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Magazine area.


Spoke Fest Literary Evening

The ORL is proud to host an evening of readings as part of the Vernon's first Spoke Literary Festival, featuring Sean Johnston, Sharon Thesen, Hannah Calder, Kerry Gilbert, Laisha Rosnau, Adam Lewis Schroeder, Michelle Doege, and Gary Gottfriedson, to name a few. The authors will cover a wide variety of styles, including fiction, poetry, YA fiction, playwriting and journalism. The readings will be free and open to all members of the public. Generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library.

For more information about registering for the literary festivals workshops, visit their website at https://spokefestival.com/.

Saturday August 20th at 6:30 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs).

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. You are also welcome to bring your knitting questions and problems, and someone in the group will happily help you work out a solution.

Every Saturday morning, 10 am - noon upstairs in the library (just outside the computer lab).


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 third and fourth Saturday of every month (*except March) 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.

2016 Titles

Year of Wonders: a Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks (August 20th & 27th)

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (September 17th & 24th)

Sweetland by Michael Crummey (October 15th & 22nd)

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (November 19th & 26th)

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg (December TBA)

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.

 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. 6820.

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. 6820. 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. 6820.

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.

Library at Your Door: a delivery service for homebound seniors

The library and NexusBC Seniors Services are working together to deliver library materials to patrons physically unable to visit the library. Service is available in the Coldstream and Vernon areas, and will begin again in September 2015. If you are a homebound senior or know a homebound senior who would benefit from this program, contact NexusBC Seniors 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

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 2014 the Vernon Friends of the Library paid for:

  • major sponsorship of the Summer Reading Club for the programs and prizes
  • canopy and tables for outreach work
  • floor cushions for Toddler Time and carpet for Story Time
  • new blinds in the computer lab upstairs
  • refreshments at the Adult Book Club
  • writer's workshop as part of NaNoWrit month
  • other author readings throughout the year

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.