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2800 - 30th Ave.
Vernon, B.C. V1T 8S3
(250) 542-7610

The outside bookdrops are closed during the restoration period. Please return books inside the library during regular operating hours.

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:

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

Vernon Friends of the Library

Programming for Kids

Programming for Adults

Services for Adults

Meeting Rooms

 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. This year the booksale is May 1-4, 2014 at the Vernon Curling Rink:

  • Thursday, May 1st: 3-9pm
  • Friday, May 2nd: 9-9pm
  • Saturday, May 3rd: 9-4pm
  • Sunday, May 4th: 11-3pm

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

Next book sale is May 1-4, 2014 at the Vernon Curling Rink.

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

Programming for Kids

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.


Preschool Storytime (till May 17th)

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays at 10:30am.  Wednesday at 1:30pm

PJ Storytime

Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Unplug & Play

The library encourages you take part in the many free events around town during Unplug & Play Week. Reading is a great way to reduce screen time. You can also attend our events:

  • April 25 at 3:30pm the puppet show Elephant's Child ideal for ages 6-8
  • April 26 Cedar Bridge School presents Mashenka and the Bear the puppet show at 11am and 1pm
  • April 29th at 3:30pm an Origami workshop aimed at ages 8-12
  • May 3rd Free Comic Book Day. 11am Dream Party Productions will be doing face painting and games with Spiderman. Library staff will be handing out free comics while supplies last and helping with a craft. This is best for ages 6-8. Teens with super knowledge of super heroes should attend trivia at 2pm. 

Programming for Adults 

The Hope Project

Do you have a story of renewal, rebirth or revival? To celebrate our renewal after the flood of the winter freeze of 2014, the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library wants to help you bring it to the world. We have prizes, an online magazine for publishing your work, a gala reading at the re-launch of the library in May, and  all the help and encouragement you need from our Writer in Residence, Harold Rhenisch, to bring your story to the Okanagan and the world. Perhaps your story is about tragedy overcome, or new love, or the joy of childhood, faith found on the Camino, or a deep psychological tale only you can unfold. Maybe it’s historical. Maybe it’s lyrical, or funny as can be, or a mystery that leads to the light. Maybe it’s a short story. Maybe it’s an anecdote. Maybe it’s a poem. We know you have it in you, though. Let’s make a library of these stories to share.

  • Due date: April 30th, 2014
  • No entry fee
  • Maximum 4000 words.
  • Free ongoing workshops by our writer-in-residence to help your story grow.
  • Free consultations with our writer-in-residence at our Vernon Branch
  • Online hints, tips, and editing advice
  • Publication on our website
  • Gala Reading, with a guest speaker on hope and renewal, and a talk on the future of writing by our writer in residence, Harold Rhenisch
  • Prizes: 
    • First: $250;
    • Second: a new Kobo eReader;
    • Third: a gift certificate to a local bookstore in Vernon.

Please submit your entries to khennings@orl.bc.ca.

This workshop is generously sponsored by the Vernon Friends of the Library and a grant from the Storytellers of Canada.

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.

The Maker Movement - Thursday May 15th at 7 pm

Do you tinker, hack, knit, build, grow or sew? Are you interested in 3D printing & robots?Or do you want to make your own soap?
The Maker movement and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture celebrates innovation, creativity, sustainability and community engagement centered on hands-on creation.
 Let's talk about the Maker Movement with special guests, the Robo Brothers, Vernon in Transition and more.


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.

May 1st, 8th, June 5th, and 12th.

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 fourth Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm in the upstairs community room.

April 24th, May 22nd and June 26th.

Community Potlucks @ Your Library 

Monday June 2nd at 6 pm in the meeting room of the library (enter from the side door).

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.


The Vernon Writers Festival

Friday September 26th and Saturday September 27th at the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.

Authors, speakers and sessions T.B.A.

If you are interested in helping the planning committee, volunteering or sponsoring the Writers Festival, please contact Kristy at khennings@orl.bc.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.

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:

Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto (April 26th)

The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis (May 24th)

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (June 28th)

The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet (July 26th)

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.


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 beginning April 9th.


If you have an idea you'd like to see happen @ your library, email us at vereference@orl.bc.ca.

Did You Know? Services for Adults Branch Head Tara Thompson holding a selection of eReading devices.

Basic eBook/ eReader 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. Call or email us for more details at vereference@orl.bc.ca or 250-542-7610 ext. 6822.

Meeting Rooms

Currently not available because of the flood. 

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.