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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 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

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


Personalized Tech Training

Vernon's librarians will be out traveling to our other branches in September and October.  Check out their Personalized Tech Training Sessions at the following North Okanagan branches:











Vernon Friends of the Library


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. 

Next booksale:

October 2-4, 2015 at the Old Coldstream Fire Hall (9901 Kal Lake Road)

  • Friday 12:00-7:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00-3:00pm
  • Sunday 11:00-3:00pm

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


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

September 21- December 19

  • Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30am with Judy
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30am with Stephanie
  • Wednesdays at 6pm with Stephanie

(Examples of past storytimes)


Toddler Time

Septemeber 30- November 4

  • 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 Tracy at 250-542-3121 ext. 106 or by emailing her at earlylearning@boysandgirlsclubs.ca.

Co-sponsored by the Vernon Boys and Girls Club.

Mondays at 9:30 - 10:30 am or Thursdays 11:00 am - noon, October 19th - December 3rd, in the Meeting Room (downstairs). Registration is required.


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 Tracy at 250-542-3121 ext. 106 or by emailing her at earlylearning@boysandgirlsclubs.ca.

Co-sponsored by the Vernon Boys and Girls Club.

Mondays 11:00 am - noon or Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30 am, October 19th - December 3rd, in the Meeting Room (downstairs). Registration is required.

Ages 5-8 

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

    • Primary Story Time         Sept 22- Nov 3 Tuesdays 3:30-4pm
    • Star Wars Reads Day    Oct 10  1-3pm
    • After School Games       Oct 15-Dec Thursdays 3-4:30pm

Ages 9-13

  • Star Wars Reads Day   Oct 10 1-3pm
  • After School Games       Oct 15-Dec Thursdays 3-4:30pm
  • Lego                                Oct 14- Nov 25 Wednesdays 4-4:45pm (registration begins Sept 1)


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


Federal Election 2015

Vote PopUp @ Your Library

Are you ready to vote in the federal election on October 19th? Is this your first time voting? Are you unsure of what you need to register? Join us for a day long mock election, where you'll get a chance to cast a ballot, pledge to vote in the upcoming election, register to vote, and find out where your local polling station is. This is a non-partisan event offered in partnership with the Vernon and District Immigrant Services Society and Renewing Democracy. If you are a teacher or a community group interested in bringing your class in, please contact us at khennings@orl.bc.ca. We'd love to have you!

Friday October 9th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm & Saturday October 10th, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm in the foyer and Meeting Room (downstairs).


Understanding the Issues

Do you want a clearer idea of the major issues both in the Okanagan and nationally in this federal election? Do you want to feel well informed before you vote? Join Political Science Professor Linda Elmose as she presents this non-partisan talk on the basics. Presented in partnership with the Okanagan Regional Library, Vernon and District Immigrant Services Society and Renewing Democracy. Everyone is welcome.

Friday October 9th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm and Saturday October 10th, 10:30 - 11:30 am in the Meeting room (downstairs).


Why Voting Counts

Do you ever ask yourself, 'What's the point of voting? My vote doesn't even matter.' Do you have people in your life who don't vote who you would like to engage? Join the non-partisan community group Renewing Democracy and Professor Linda Elmose for a discussion of the value of political action in our democracy.

Thursday October 1st and Wednesday October 7th at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs). 

Living Well, Dying Well: a Community Learning Program with North Okanagan Hospice Society

Living Well | Dying Wellis designed for people living with a chronic illness, family members, and health care professionals with the goal of enhancing quality of life. Registration is required and workshops are free.

To register for any of the Living Well | Dying Well workshops please call 250.503.1800 ext. 101, or email ninie@nohs.ca.

Let’s Get Together and Talk About Death: Making Advanced Care Planning  Conversations Easier

Tuesday October 6th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs)

The Essence of Compassionate Caregiving

Wednesday October 7th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs)

‘I Did It My Way’:  Understanding What it Means to Die a Personal or Appropriate Death

Thursday October 8th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Meeting Room (downstairs)

Five Interesting Things About Captain James Dun-Waters

Tour five free standing exhibition cases that encompass interesting facts about the Fintry Estate and Captain James Dun-Waters.  Learn more about his Ayrshire Cattle, his orchards, water system, his leisure activities, and his contribution to the Okanagan.  Not only will you enjoy learning about local history from 1910 on-wards, children will be asked to engage in a fun word search activity and will receive a bookmark to take away.

  • Friday, Sept. 25, from 10:00-5:30pm
  • Saturday, Sept 26, from 10-5:30pm


Upcoming Ongoing Programs


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.


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).


Falun Gong: An Ancient Practice for the Modern Age

Everyone is welcome for an evening of introduction to Falun Gong through readings and group discussion on the universal values of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. Led by Harvey Eller. 

The first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Community Room (upstairs). Sept 15th & 29th, Oct 6th & 20th, Nov 3rd & 17th, Dec 1st & 15th. 

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

Weekly meetings resume October 6th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm 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).


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).


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 in the library (just 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.

The group will not meet during the summer. Weekly meetings will resume in early fall.


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).


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 veteran 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. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.

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).



Fast, furious and fun, get ready to get smacked with a whack of fantastic book recommendations from our panel of readers! Join us in the lobby of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre to celebrate Culture Day and get your read on. Featuring Mayor Jim Garlick, Storyteller Gabriel Newman, Poet Harold Rhenisch, Educator Glenda Dolcetti and Librarian Kristy Hennings.

Friday September 25 at 7:00 pm in the foyer of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. Free of charge.


Visioning Vernon

Do you have a vision for Greater Vernon? Come together with staff from the City of Vernon and the RDNO, community groups and your fellow citizens to generate and share exciting new ideas for the future of our beautiful municipalities. 

Saturdays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the meeting room.

Saturday October 17th - Sustainable Development

We need to meet  the needs of our present community without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Join Robert Miles, Manager Long Range Planning Sustainability  for the City of Vernon and Gordon Hiebert, green builder.

Saturday November 21st - Food

Multilingual Book Sale

Looking for books in languages other than English? Come on out for our second annual multilingual book sale, featuring titles in a range of languages. $1 per book.

Saturday October 24th, 10:00 am - 3:00 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 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

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

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

Us Conductors: in Which I Seek the Heart of Clara Rockmore, My One True Love, Finest Theremin Player the World Will Ever Know by Sean Michaels (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.

 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.



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.