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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.

Event Details:

ToddlertimeWeekly: Every Wednesday


3 years and under











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.





Keep up-to-date with fall programs and check out our kids blog: http://vernonlibrarykids.wordpress.com/ 

Ages 0-5


(until Dec 18 followed by a Winter session January 19 – May 16)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 10:30am
Wednesday 7pm

(Examples of past storytimes)


Will resume in February
Wednesday at 11am

Christmas Special

Dec 19 10:30am registration begins Dec 1

Ages 5-8

Lego Club

Jan 21

Each week Stephanie will read a chapter of the novel My Father’s Dragon and the kids will learn how to build whatever animals the boy in the story has encountered. Limited space so please register for this program. Registration begins Dec 1st. Check out our Fall creations.

Winter Special

Dec 13, 2-3pm
Registration begins Dec 1

Ages 9-13

Lego Club

Jan 22

Each week the children will be given a theme or book to base their creations on. Limited space so please register in December for this program. Registration for the next session begins Dec 1st.  Check out our Fall creations.


After-school Games

Sept 23-Dec 9
Tuesdays 3-4:30pm


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

Please fill out the survey to help us plan the Fall events for teens.


The Performing Arts Centre Librarian

The Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre are working together to give you more bang for your theatre buck. Check out these titles inspired by the VDPAC's fantastic season and recommended by the ORL's finest:

Here are the titles inspired by Ballet Victoria's Dracula on Friday November 21st at 7:30 pm

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Fludd by Hilary Mantel

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Hunger by Whitley Strieber

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor




Older Driver Re-Assessment Workshop

November 25th at 9:30-12:30pm in the Meeting Room downstairs

Register by phone: 250-545-0585

Are you an older driver?  Do you want to refresh your knowledge?  NexusBC Seniors Services and ICBC are hosting this presentation

for older drivers who may have to undergo a reassessment of their driving skills.  Topics will cover:

  • Reasons why a driver may be required to undergo re?assessment
  •  Tools to help the driver become prepared
  •  A refresher on the rules of the road
  •  An overview of the road test itself

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 Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm  in the library's Community Room

December 2 & 16



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 6:30pm 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.

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

December 17th. January 21st, February 18th, March 18th, April 15th, May 20th.


Storytelling Circle

Do you love stories? Are you a storyteller at heart? Amateurs or professionals are invited to take part in our monthly storytelling circle, hosted by local storyteller Gabriel Newman. No registration required for this free program - just drop in!  Generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library.

November 26th 7:00-9:00pm in the Community Room


Food Action Society of the North Okanagan's AGM

December 3rd at 7 pm in the meeting room.

Join the Food Action Society  of the North Okanagan for a discussion about the very exciting future of the local food movement in our area. Everyone is welcome. Only members can vote. Email info@foodaction.ca for more information.


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. The first and second Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm in the upstairs community room.


The Idea Exchange

Join us for The Idea Exchange, 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.


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.

The 4th Thursday of every month at 7 pm in the meeting room, beginning in January 2015.


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 in the upstairs community room.

November 27th



NaNoWriMo - Come Write In!

Join us every Saturday morning for the month of November (National Novel Writing Month - www.nanowrimo.org) for a novel writing support group. Members will meet in the community room from 10 am - noon, with coffee provided by the Vernon Friends of the Library. Drop-in. Free of charge. All aspiring writers are welcome.


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. Throughout November the circle will be held at the tables upstairs near the computer lab. In December the circle will move into the community room. 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 fourth Saturday of every month from 10:30 - 11:30 am in the library's community roomThank you to the Vernon Friends of the Library for their support of the Adult Book Club.

2014 Titles

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (November 22nd)

2015 Titles

The Sudden Weight of Snow by Laisha Rosnau (January 24th)

The Omnivore's Dilemma: a Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (February 28th)

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

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

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

The Patience Stone Atiq Rahimi (June 27th)

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

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

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

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (October 24th)

The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing (November 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.

Multilingual Book Exchange

November 29th at 12 pm - 5 pm in the meeting room.

Join us for a multicultural storytime from 11:15 am - 11:45 am, followed by  an afternoon multilingual book swap. Trade, share and receive books in a variety of languages! Donate your books in languages other than English at the library now and they will be shared with others on the 29th. Sponsored by the library, the Vernon Friends of the Library and the Vernon and District Immigrant Services Society.


Seedy Sunday - A Seed Saving Demonstration

November 30th at 1:30pm-2:00pm in the Community Room upstairs

Are you interested in becoming a sustainable gardener in your own backyard? Join us in a seed saving demonstration with William Adams. William will demonstrate how to properly save a variety of seeds for next year’s crop from lettuce, to radishes, to squash, tomatoes and more!

Register in person or by phone: 250-542-7610 ext. 6820


Write for Rights - Amnesty International

December 14th at 12 noon - 4:00pm in the Meeting Room downstairs

Come join Amnesty International for a special "Write for Rights" event.  More details to come.

 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