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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. to Mar. only
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:

StorytimeWeekly: Every Saturday


Stories, songs and rhymes for preschool aged kids.




Vernon Friends of the Library

Your Library @ the Vernon Farmers Market

Join us on Thursday August 21st at the Vernon Farmers Market at the Kal Tire Place parking lot. We'll have books to borrow, eReaders to try out, a story corner in the shade and storytimes at 9:30 and 11:30 am. You can munch on delicious local food, borrow a book on how to cook it and share a storytime with your kids. Check it out!



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.

Writing Contests:


Lego Club

Author visit

Jeremy Tankard author and illustrator will be visiting our branch Monday. The original plan was for some classes to come for a presentation. However, with the possibility of school not being in session  we are opening up registration to everyone. Please fill out this form if you are interested.

Summer Reading Club


From July 5-August 23 Storytimes will be Mondays and Saturdays from 10:30-11.  This is a free drop in program.


Registration required. All events are free and take place from 10:30 am-11:30 am unless otherwise noted. Tickets to events become available two Saturdays before an event. They can be picked up on a first come. first serve basis at the downstairs information desk in the library. Event information can be found here: Vernon Kids at the Library: Summer for 5-7 Year Olds.


Registration required. All events are free and take place from 10:30 am-11:30 am unless otherwise noted. Tickets to events become available two Saturdays before an event. They can be picked up on a first come. first serve basis at the downstairs information desk in the library.  Event information can be found here: Vernon Kids at the Library: Summer for 8-12 Year Olds.



Summer Reading Club

Our summer teen events include a Crazy about Comics day, a Summer Bookclub with free books, and Wii Tournaments.  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 Hope Project Winners

The Vernon branch recently hosted a poetry and short story contest for adults based on the themes of hope, rebirth and renewal. The winners were announced on May 17th.  Please find the winning entries on the ORL's blog: 78 Years of Stories at the ORL.

This project was generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library.



Community Potlucks @ Your Library 

Returning in the late fall in the meeting room of the library (enter from the side door). TBA.

Join us for a community potluck, where you'll share food, conversation and ideas with new and old friends. Bring food to share and a dish, cup and utensils to eat with.

Organized by the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan, with a focus on food sovereignty and community engagement.

Everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact info@foodaction.ca.


Vernon Playwrights Circle

The Playwrights Circle gives both aspiring and established Okanagan playwrights the chance to meet, and to read and discuss their work in a focused, supportive and creative environment. Anyone interested in the development of new dramatic writing is welcome to attend and have their work-in-progress workshopped by fellow participants and guest actors. For further information contact Terry at alreadyhomeplay@gmail.com.

Meets every second Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the community room.

August 26th, September 9th & 23rd, October 7th & 21st, November 4th & 18th


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.


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.


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.

August 27th, September 24th, October 22nd, November 26th


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.

Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America

October 16th at 6:30 pm in the meeting room

The Food Action Society of the North Okanagan and the library are proud to present a public viewing of the food documentary Growing Cities, followed by a discussion of the urban agriculture movement and what you can do to grow more in your yard. Generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library and the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan.

Canoe Crossings author talk

September 25th at 7 pm in the meeting room

Are you an avid paddler? Do you enjoy history? Check out an evening of 'canoelit' with author Sandford Osler as he discusses his new book, Canoe Crossings.

Canoe Crossings is not just about the canoe but about the many people throughout history to modern day whose existence and livelihood depended on this noble craft.  Sanford Osler brings their passion for paddling to life. If you have ever held a paddle in your hand you should read this book." — Bob Putnam, General Manager and Co-Owner, Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre


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


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 room.  Thank you to the Vernon Friends of the Library for their support of the Adult Book Club.

2014 Titles:

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (August 23rd)

The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for his Disabled Son by Ian Brown (September 27th)

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (October 25th)

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

 Please note: Many titles are also available in ebook and audiobook formats in the ORL catalogue.

Culture Days - September 26, 27 and 28th

Create. Participate. Celebrate.

Friday September 26th, 7pm in the foyer of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

Get Booksmacked! Come out for an evening of great books, film and music recommendations with a crew of wild and nerdy book lovers. A team of librarians, authors and storytellers will speed review as many books and films as they can in an hour. Booklists promised, hilarity may ensue. No registration required. Free. 


Introduction to Novel Writing Workshop with Laisha Rosnau

October 25th, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

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.

Book Talk and Writing Workshop with Rosella Leslie

October 25th, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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. In the meeting room.

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

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 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