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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

Change is Good!

Our new computer system is here!  On Oct. 6 we switched to a new system, Polaris.  Please be patient with staff as we are learning a whole new way to do our jobs!

Sunday Openings

This year, Vernon Branch will start their Sunday openings on October 19th and will continue until April 19th.  Sunday hours are from 12 noon to 4:00pm.




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


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

(Examples of past storytimes)


Starts October 1st
Wednesday at 11am

Mother Goose

Tuesdays at 9:30am and 11am
Please register with Tracy Williamson at 250-542-3131 ext. 106
A program for parents and their babies.  Facilitated by Boys & Girls Club in the library's meeting room.

Ages 5-8

Lego Club

Full but you can contact us to go on a waiting list. Check out our creations.

Halloween Special

Oct 24 10:30am
Registration required-begins Oct 1st

Ages 9-13

Lego Club

Full but you can contact us to go on a waiting list. 

After-school Games

Starts Sept 23
Tuesdays at 3pm

Star Wars Reads Day

Oct 11 2pm
drop in 

Writing Contests:

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club stickers are still available at the downstairs information desk.  Medals and certificates are also available for completed programs!  Congratulations to all! 


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 Tango: Passion of a Lifetime (October 18th at 8 pm)

Waltzing the Tango: Confessions of an Out-of-step Boomer by Gabrielle Bauer

The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos by Anne Carson

Where There’s Love, There’s Hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares

It Takes Two by Patrizia Chen

Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois

Perla by Carolina De Robertis

Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home by Maria Finn Dominguez

Argentina Cooks! Treasured Recipes from the Nine Regions of Argentina by Shirley Lomax Brooks

Dancing With the Stars: Jive, Samba, and Tango your Way into the Best Shape of Your Life by Guy Phillips

A Crack in the Wall by Claudia Pineiro 

The Foreigners by Maxine Swann

Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani


Here are the titles inspired by Driving Miss Daisy (October 20th at 7:30 pm)

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

Crossing the Lines by Richard Doster

Emancipation Day: a Novel by Wayne Grady

The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin

The American Civil War: A Military History by John Keegan

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What We’ve Lost is Nothing by Rachel Louise Snyder

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



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.


Meditation Group

Okanagan Oneness Blessing, a non-denominational meditation group, meets 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday  at the library. The group usually meets in the meeting room on the main floor although occasionally will meet in the community room on the second floor. All are welcome to attend. No experience is necessary, only an open mind and heart.


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

October 21, November, 4 & 18, December 2 & 16


A Discussion of The Trouble with Billionaires with Neil Brooks

November 18th at 7 pm in the meeting room

The library is thrilled to present an evening with York University tax law professor and co-author with Linda McQuaig of The Trouble with Billionaires, Neil Brooks. Neil will speak about the growing gap between the rich and poor in Canada and on what he believes has caused it.  He asks, 'Should we be concerned about the increasing concentration of income and wealth in Canada? And is there anything that can be done to ensure that Canada becomes a more just and equal society?' Everyone is welcome, no registration necessary. 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 6:30pm 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.

November 19th, 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! The fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in our upstairs community room. Generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library.

October 22nd, November 26th


Food Action Society of the North Okanagan's AGM

November 5th at 7 pm in the meeting room.

Join the Food Action Society  of the North Okanagan for a discussion about food security and the future of the local food movement in our area. Everyone is welcome. www.foodaction.ca


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.

Who's Taking Care of the Kids?

Thursday November 20th at 7 pm in the meeting room

A community forum on affordable, high quality childcare featuring Sharon Gregson, spokeswoman for the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC, and  Lynne Reside, North Okanagan Early Years Coordinator. Everyone is welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia, the Coalition of Childcare Advocates of BC, and the Okanagan Regional Library.

Human Trafficking

November 13th at 6:30 pm in the meeting room.

North Okanagan Shuswap Crime Stoppers and the library are hosting a presentation on human trafficking by RCMP officer and  Human Trafficking Awareness Coordinator for the Pacific Region, Jassy Bindra. Join us for an informative evening on  human trafficking related enforcement, awareness and prevention opportunities within BC.


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.

September 25th, October 30th, November 27th


Complimentary Hearing Health Checks with Connect Hearing

Stay Connected to the sound you love.  Please register for a free hearing test at the library on October 24, 2014.  Appointments are available between 1:00-3:00pm.  Call 250-542-7610 ext. 6820 to book your time.

October 24th


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

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (October 25th)

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.


NaNoWriMo: Introduction to Novel Writing Workshop with Laisha Rosnau

October 25th, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm in the meeting room FULL - waitlist only

Vernon's Laisha Rosnau, author of the novel The Sudden Weight of Snow and of three collections of poetry, will be presenting this two hour workshop. If you are interested, please register by calling 250-542-6820 or email Kristy at khennings@orl.bc.ca. Space is limited, registration is required. Free of charge.

NaNoWriMo: Book Talk and Writing Workshop with Rosella Leslie

October 25th, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm in the meeting room

Rosella Leslie will be doing a reading from her new book, The Cougar Lady, followed by a workshop on how to research and write both historical fiction and non-fiction, as well as how to discover the stories, tips on interviewing, and on making the most of your research. Free, no registration required.

These workshops are generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library.

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.


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