All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays.
There are six book drop bins located on the west side of the building. They are locked only during extended library closures (Easter and Christmas).
Summer 2019 Programming is now online.Please click on either the Adults or Youth tabs below to see all the exciting programs coming up at Kelowna Library.
You can now reserve a meeting room online at https://orl.evanced.info/spaces, at least two days in advance. Library staff will approve your booking based on availability.
View events in calendar format.
For details or registration info, click on an event below.
*No Story Times August 19-September 13.* Fall Schedule starts September 14.
Summer Story Times run from July 8th - August 16th. Drop-in & Free.
Summer Reading Club
Age Range: The Entire Family
Free & Drop-in
Description: Register all the kids for FREE fun at the library this summer by joining the Read-to-Me Club, Summer Reading Club, The Challenge and Teen Summer Reading Club! Registration is now open!
Reading Log and The Challenge deadline is August 31.
Online registration required. Ages 13+
Our Regular TAG meets next on:
Joining TAG gives you a voice in what happens at the library. We are a fun group of teens that is always welcoming new members!
Online registration required. Ages 13+ (Teen event)
These events are organized by our Teen Advisory Group. To join this group and help plan fun events join us by registering for future meetings (see above).
Enjoy tea, cookies, and support from local perinatal professionals, sharing insight with birthing families of the Okanagan valley.
Mondays, once monthly, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free and drop-in, but pre-registration is encouraged at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or to register for those programs that require registration, please call 250-762-2800 or visit our events calendar.
Book Clubs & Literary Events
Crafting Your Happiness
What does an accessible public bathroom in your library sound like?
UBCO researchers are looking for Focus Group participants to talk about their experience with accessibility and the sounds of automatic fixtures [like taps, toilets, hand driers] in public bathrooms.
Date: The Focus Group will meet on Tuesday, July 23 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, in Small Meeting Room 2.
Register: Sign up at www.ce2lab.org/public-bathrooms.
This is a research project undertaken by the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. The title of this project is The Enabled Environment: Understanding Bathrooms as Sensory Inclusive Public Spaces [H19-00118].For more information about the study, contact Dr. Fiona P. McDonald at email@example.com.
Adults are invited to play Reading Bingo this summer at Kelowna Library!
Receive a draw ticket for one of our Grand Prizes each time you complete a Bingo Line. Choose from 2 Grand Prize packages that have been generously donated by Downtown Kelowna businesses:
Reading Bingo cards will be available starting June 22nd.
Deadline: August 31st
Second Thursday of the month | September through June | Main Floor Meeting Room
Afternoon Club | 3:00 – 4:30
Evening Club | 7:00 – 8:30
Kelowna Branch is continuing our popular book club for adults. We invite you to read the suggested titles and join us once a month for a lively, facilitated discussion of the featured title. The book club is open to all interested adults, and pre-registration is not required.
January 10 | Beartown by Fredrik Backman
February 14 | A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
March 14 | Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
April 11 | American War by Omar El Akkad
May 9 | The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
June 13 | Educated by Tara Westover
Every Tuesday | 1:00 to 2:30 pm | Main Floor Meeting Room
An all-inclusive book club, welcoming everyone regardless of reading ability and encouraging adults with diverse abilities to take part in discussions about new as well as classic titles. Books will be read together in a group setting with all participants invited to read aloud. Assistance with echo reading will be provided for those who wish to use it.
Registration required, call 250-762-2800 to register.
Kelowna’s aspiring writers meet to discuss process and share experiences with published writers. All are welcome.
1st Tuesday of the month | 6 pm
Drop-in program, no registration required.
Every 2nd Tuesday | Starting July 2 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM
The Poetry Circle invites all poetry enthusiasts to a warm and welcoming environment that fosters the creative exchange of poetry among poets of all writing levels.
Activities include reading and discussing works by the great poets, as well as the sharing and appreciating of original poems. Come enjoy the works of others and grow as a poet.
1st & 3rd Mondays of the month | 1:00 pm
A memoir writing workshop bi-monthly on Monday afternoons at 1pm. All are welcome.
Saturdays | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Get together with local creators and talk comics! Check out the work of others and come prepared to give them feedback.
Book a one hour, one-on-one appointment for device help.
No drop-ins. Call Kelowna Branch 250-762-2800 .
Want to get the most out of your smart devices? Bring your phone or tablet to Mobile Meet-Ups, a 3-class course that will improve your understanding of and confidence with your device.
Note: You will need your Apple ID or Google Play account login information.
Register online or call the Kelowna Branch, 250-762-2800.
TBA Fall 2019
Bring your own laptop, or use one of our teaching laptops.
Wednesdays | 10:30 am
TBA Fall 2019 | Computer Basics
Begin at the beginning. We cover how to turn the computer on and off, basic navigation in Windows 10, and introduce using the keyboard and mouse.
TBA Fall 2019 | Introduction to the Internet
For internet newbies. A very basic introduction of what the internet is, and how to navigate it. Prerequisite: Computer Basics, or basic keyboard and mouse skills.
TBA Fall 2019 | Computer Basics – Review
Come in to review what you have learned so far, practice and ask questions. Prerequisite: Computer Basics and Introduction to the Internet, or some basic computer and internet experience.
Bring your own laptop, or use one of our teaching laptops.
June 19 | Computers Beyond the Basics
Delve deeper into what your computer can do.
June 26 | Internet Beyond the Basics
Improve your skills for internet navigation.
July 3 | Beyond the Basics – review
Come in to review what you have learned so far, practice and ask questions. Prerequisite: Computer Beyond the Basics and Internet Beyond the Basics, or some computer and internet experience.
In partnership with Kelowna and District Genealogical Society, Kelowna Library hosts a variety of events, learning opportunities, and genealogical research assistance.
Drop-in programs, no registration required.
Thursdays | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | KDGS Library, second floor
Are you building your family tree? Always wanted to but aren’t sure how to start? Come to the library on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, use the library edition of Ancestry – and get searching for your roots. Experienced users are on hand to help you get started. Bring your own computer, or bring an USB drive and use one of ours.
Come to the Library to chat with genealogists from the Kelowna and District Genealogical Society. Learn how to find more on your family tree, or ask about your next steps if you've hit a wall in your research.
Thursdays | 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Saturdays | 1:00 - 3:00 pm (April - September)
Sundays | 1:00 - 3:00 pm (October - March)
Fourth Monday of the month | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Family History Forums are hosted by the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society and the Okanagan Regional Library. They are free to everyone with an interest in tracing their Family History!
Tuesdays | 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Join our great group of board gamers for our weekly board game night. Our friendly and welcoming group plays all kinds of games from light social games to in-depth strategy games. Euros, Cataan, FFG games, card games, you name it we play it. People are welcome to bring their own games as we're always looking to try new things. Our group is mostly adults but we almost always have some supervised kids come and they are welcome. We hope to see you there!
Come play the game of kings! Everyone is welcome, from beginners to seasoned players.
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Adventurers wanted! Young and old, seasoned veterans or those so green they don’t know the difference between a goblin and a kobold. If you have the nerve to stand in the face of evil and send it back to the pits from whence it came, Kelowna’s D&D Adventurers League needs you! Come play the 5th Edition of the classic Tabletop RPG “Dungeons & Dragons.” Fight monsters, solve puzzles and avoid death in the most dramatic fashion.
RSVP at meetup.com/OKTabletop
2nd & 3rd Thursdays | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Okanagan's #1 Source for Super Smash Bros! All skill levels welcome!
Saturdays | 10 am – 12 pm
Crafting meets self-care. Every Saturday, a mix of independent crafting and at times
guided learning that is focused on cultivating happiness and taking time to care for
Once a month there will be a registered event with an artful craft lead by an experienced artist or crafter.
Crafting Your Happiness: Macrame Inspired Plant Hangers
Saturday | July 27 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn macrame basics by creating your own beautiful macrame plant hanger. This classic craft is easy to learn, fun, and a great way to house plants in your home all year long. You will leave knowing how to do a selection of knots so you can make your own creations for years to come.
Mondays | 5:00 - 7:00 pm
A Mandarin conversation drop-in session with Mandarin speaking tutors. All ages and levels are welcome.
Tuesdays | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
A drop-in English-Spanish language exchange. It is casual, all ages and levels are welcome.
Wednesdays | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Small Meeting Room 2
A conversational English group for people with beginner to intermediate English language skills. Everyone welcome. Meet others, and improve your English with engaging conversation.
We have a variety of bookable and rental spaces in the Kelowna Library. All meeting spaces have free wifi. Some have presentation equipment available.
Please download and read Kelowna Library Rental Spaces Information Document for complete information, or call the library, 250-762-2800 with any questions.
Click here for a basic map showing the locations of all our meeting rooms.
You can reserve a meeting room online at https://orl.evanced.info/spaces , at least two days in advance. Library staff will approve your booking based on availability.
Small Meeting Rooms
Available during branch open hours only. Rooms as is - no office supplies, A/V equipment or additional furnishings provided.
We currently have three small meeting room available to book. These rooms are free, hold up to 10-12 people, and can be booked up to 4 months in advance.
Available during branch open hours only. Setup and take-down (exception of A/V equipment) is the responsibility of the renter.
There are two classrooms available for rent on the second floor. They can be rented individually, or together to form one large meeting space. The classrooms have glass walls which can be opened or closed to change the configuration of the space.
If 20+ attendees, refuse must be taken by the renter.
Capacity: 55 (theatre style)
Technology: Ceiling Mounted Projector and Screen / Sound
Rates (not incl. GST): $50 base rate (2 hours), $25 per additional hour, $150 per day (>6 to 8 hours). Hourly rate for hours more than 8.
Capacity: 40 (theatre style)
Technology: Sound system only
Rates (not incl. GST): $40 base rate (2 hours), $20 per additional hour, $125 per day(>6 to 8 hours). Hourly rate for hours more than 8.
The library features a large event space on the second floor comprising the two classrooms and the additional reading lounge. The furniture is flexible in this space and it can be rearranged to accommodate a variety of functions. Please inquire for more details about this space.
Setup and takedown (exception of A/V equipment) is the responsibility of the renter.
Capacity: 300 (theatre style)
Technology: Ceiling Mounted Projector and Screen / Sound
Rates (not incl. GST): $300 base rate (4 hours), $50 per additional hour, $550 per day (>6 to 8 hours). Hourly rate for hours more than 8.
Please contact the branch at 250-762-2800 for further information or to book a room.
We can provide an introduction to the library or tailor the visit around a project/assignment.
Contact us today to see how we can help your class.
Daycares/Preschools must register if they wish to attend a storytime.
To book a free tour for kids contact Kelowna Youth Services Department 250-762-2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups of adults can enjoy a tour at the library too!
ESL classes, retirement homes, book clubs and more can contact Kelowna Reference for further information.
To book a free tour for adults contact the Kelowna Reference Department 250-762-2800 or email@example.com.
The Kelowna Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization formed in 1988, is registered under the Society Act of British Columbia and the Canada Income Tax Act. Persons interested in libraries are encouraged to volunteer with Friends as we support the downtown Kelowna, Mission & Rutland branches through our fundraising book sales and joint activities.
Funds raised significantly support Summer Reading Club and year-round programming for babes to toddlers to teens plus guest speakers & events for adults; and enhanced facilities at the three branches. Towards their various year-round book sales, Kelowna Friends accept donations of gently used books to their *NEW* sorting house at #114-2476 Westlake Road, West Kelowna, V1Z 2V2. This new Friends location is next to the Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital.
PLEASE NOTE: There is presently no drop box available, but volunteers are on duty to review and accept items at this new location on Fridays, 9 am to 11:30 am.
Kelowna Friends' major fundraiser, the Great Okanagan Book Sale, takes place in November each year. For 2019, this will be held (Thursday-Saturday) on November 7-9th. The Kelowna Friends sponsor an endowment fund with the Central Okanagan Foundation.
For volunteer and donation information, please visit www.kelownafol.ca, or email Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow Kelowna Friends on Facebook to keep updated on their latest activities and read posts on ORL, libraries, reading & literacy
Directors of Kelowna Friends of the Library hold meetings rotated between the three branch libraries, at 5:30 pm on the second Monday of each month. No board meetings are held in July & August. The society's AGM is held on a Saturday in late November.
For further information, please email email@example.com.