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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:

Ban This BraceletMarch 01, 2012

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week by making a bracelet with covers of banned books. You’ll be able to show off your love of reading with bookish jewellery after this workshop


Register online

Change is Good!

A new computer system is coming!  On Oct. 6 we will switch to a new system, Polaris.  There will be some disruption during the transition:

  • Sept. 22-Oct. 6 - placing holds is not available
  • Sept. 29-Oct. 8 - renewals, paying fines, and returns are not available.  Bookdrops will be locked.

We will not be accepting returns in the branch during this time.  Due dates will be extended, so please hold on to your items until we are back, Oct. 8th!

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


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.

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

Author visit

Jeremy Tankard author and illustrator will be visiting our branch Monday, September 29th. His presentation is aimed at children Gr.2-4. Please fill out this form if you are interested.


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 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.


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.


Addiction in the Family: A Community Discussion

October 14th at 7 pm in the meeting room

Featuring authors Tim and Sandy Varga of Loving Him to a Fault: Lessons in Parenting An Addict, former RCMP officer and author of The Lies Behind the Truth, Randy Kolibaba, Professional Counselor Carole Fawcett, and Kate Altwasser from the Vernon Treatment Centre.


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.

September 24th, October 22nd, November 26th


Murderers on my Street: Men and Women in the Penal System

October 15th at 7 pm in the meeting room.

Join the Canadian Federation of University Women and the library for a panel discussion on the penal system featuring criminologist Dr. Melissa Munn, sociologist Mickie Materi, and Barbara Levesques, Executive Director of the John Howard Society. Facilitated by Annette Sharkey, Executive Director of the Community Social Planning Council. Everyone is welcome, free of charge.


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


Culture Days: Booksmack!

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. 


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 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.


NaNoWriMo: Introduction to Novel Writing Workshop with Laisha Rosnau

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

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 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.


Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

September 7th at 7 pm in the meeting room only

A witty, insightful, and groundbreaking take on one of the most urgent questions of our time: Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change?Join George Marshall, an expert in climate change communication, for a discussion of how his search for answers brought him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world’s leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals. No registration required, free of charge.   Library is not open.  Watch for Sunday openings in October.


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