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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.4 to Mar. 20
All 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

Jan 11-May 14

  • Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30am with Judy
  • 10:30am Tuesdays and 11am Saturdays with Stephanie 

(Examples of past storytimes)

Toddler Time

Feb 3-March 9

  • Wednesdays at 11 with Judy

Baby Mother Goose

A literacy-based program that encourages bonding with parents and caregivers and lots of lovely one-on-one time with your young baby. Featuring songs, rhymes and stories. You must be registered to attend these programs.You can register by calling CCRR at 250-542-3121 ext. 111 or by emailing them at ccrrvernon@boysandgirlsclubs.ca


Co-sponsored by the Vernon Boys and Girls Club.

  • Mondays at 9:30 - 10:30 am (January 11-February 29) or
  • Thursdays 11:00 am - noon (January 14-February 25).

In the Meeting Room (downstairs).

Toddler Mother Goose

A literacy-based program that encourages bonding with parents and caregivers and lots of fun one-on-one time with your toddler. Featuring songs, rhymes and stories. You must be registered to attend these programs. You can register by calling TCCRR at 250-542-3121 ext. 111 or by emailing them at ccrrvernon@boysandgirlsclubs.ca

Co-sponsored by the Vernon Boys and Girls Club.

  • Mondays 11:00 am - noon (January 11-February 29) or 
  • Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30 am (January 14-February 25).

In the Meeting Room (downstairs).

Ages 5-8 

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

    • Primary Story Time            Jan 12-March 1 Tuesdays 3:30-4pm
    • Goldie Blox/Lego               March 24  (please register)
    • Are You A Horse?             March 29 & May 3 (please register)
    • Whose Shoe?                    March 31 & May 4 (please register)
    • If You Give A Mouse An iPhone April 30

Ages 9-13

  • Lego                                      Weds in February  4-4:45pm (registration begins Jan 2)
  • Masked Characters              Feb 9 3:30pm (please register)
  • Origami                                 March 21 (please register)
  • Shadow Puppet workshop   March 22 (please register)


We are currently displaying teen photography in the youth area. 

July and August we are planning to host Teen Book Club, Teen Graphic Novel Club and writing workshops.

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



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.



Seniors Computer Help

Junction Literacy tutors are returning to help Vernon seniors discover and learn about their technology. Please contact the Information Desk to reserve an hour long one-on-one session 250-542-7610 ext. 6820

Every Tuesday and Thursday

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

Join Okanagan Oneness Blessing, a non-denominational meditation group, to learn and practice meditation.  No experience is necessary, only an open mind and heart.  Free, all are welcome to attend.  Drop-in.

Every Tuesday - 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs) starting Jan. 19.

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).


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). 



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)

February 10 - meeting downstairs in the Meeting Room

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 (downstairs)

February 10 - meeting upstairs in teh Community Room


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 Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm upstairs, outside the computer lab

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.

Meeting on the third Wednesday of the month - 7-9pm

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).


Sustainability Film Festival

The library and SENS invite you to attend our Sustainability Film Festival every Thursday evening in February. We will watch a film, then have time for presenters and a discussion. Everyone is welcome and it is free of charge.

February 4th - AINA: That Which Feeds Us

February 11th - Just Eat It: a Food Waste Story

February 18th -  How to Change the World

February 25th - Living Small

6:30 pm in the meeting room (downstairs).


Seniors Computer Help

Junction Literacy tutors are returning to help Vernon seniors discover and learn about their technology. Please contact the Information Desk to reserve an hour long one-on-one session 250-542-7610 ext. 6820

Every Tuesday and Thursday

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-Jong Night

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

Every Thursday night 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Magazine area. Begins again January 14th.


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).

Co-housing in Vernon

The local group trying to get a co-housing community started in the Vernon area will be meeting to discuss the process of developing co-housing through consensus building. They are looking for people of all ages, including families to be involved in their potential community.

January 16th 10:15 am - noon in the Meeting Room (downstairs).


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

Persepolis & Persepolis 2: the Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi (February 20th & 27th)

Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (March 12th & 19th)

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (April 16th & 23rd)

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan by Jenny Nordberg (May 21st & 28th)

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Webb (June 18th & 25th)

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald (July 16th & 23rd)

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)

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. 

Seniors Tech Help

Learn more about your devices, computers, and the Internet.   With Junction Literacy volunteers, the libraray is offering Senior Tech Help on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Phone the library (250-542-7610 ext. 6820) to sign-up for a one hour 1-on-1 session to learn computer basics. 

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.