This library branch is re-opened to the public. View the ORL's Phase 3 Plan.
All ORL Branches are closed on statutory holidays.
Check out our video on what to expect at the library during our Browse & Borrow phase
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Fridays from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Designed for ages 3-6 but all ages welcome | Registration required.
Presented by Judy. Email her at email@example.com for more information.
This program will be presented on Zoom. Please register on our Events Calendar.
Tuesdays from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Designed for ages 3-6 but all ages welcome | Registration Required
Grab your stuffies and snuggle in for stories, songs and rhymes. Presented by Judy. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
For families. Registration Required
A fun French program of stories, rhymes, puppets, and songs.
This program will be presented through Zoom. Please register on our Events Calendar.
Presented by Otilia. For more information: email@example.com
Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Designed for ages 3-6 but all ages welcome. Registration required.
A fun program of stories, dance, music, movement activities. A playful and joyful Story Time!
Downtown Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm Branches
February 1 to May 28
Visit webpage for more info: orl.bc.ca/teen-read-woke
Grow your wokeness and win prizes by reading outstanding books by diverse authors. Are you up for the challenge?
What's a Woke Book?
How to Participate?
1. Participate by picking up a Read Woke Brochure at the Downtown Kelowna, Vernon or Salmon Arm Branch.
2. Complete Badges by reading woke books and writing reviews about them.
3. Win prizes! The first 10 readers to complete 3 Badges gets a Read Woke T-Shirt! For every Badge get a draw ticket for a chance to win a book or other small prizes!
Ages 8 to 12+ | Registration Required
Every Thursday from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Join our Online Coding Club, a fun and interactive coding program where we learn, create, develop and play together!
Registration Required. Please join our waitlist if the registration is full. We will add additional programs as the demand requires. If registered, you will be sent a link on the day of the program to join in with one of the library's Tech Assistants. If you are a first-timer, we invite you to our Intro to Coding program at 5 pm for a 30-min class before the main meeting.
Every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Virtual Engineering Club will introduce a new project each month using common household items. For School Aged Children.
Materials needed for each month's project will be emailed to participants once they have registered.
We are currently not offering in-branch programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead we are offering online programming via Zoom. Call us at 250-762-2800 or view our events calendar to register and receive the Zoom login information for each event.
Book Clubs & Literary Events
Wednesdays in April from 10:00am to 11:00am
Do you need to right-size, de-clutter, move, or clean out an estate? In this 4-part Home Organization Workshop 2, Eleanor ‘Organization’ Deckert will help you gain the skills and confidence to restore order, know where your treasures are stored, and easily find the items you are searching for.
We want to reward you for reading something new! Every month we'll tease a new mystery book prize to be won! We'll do another draw every month while supplies last. Patrons cannot win two book prizes in a row.
Complete one of these three challenges then sign up on our calendar to be entered into the month's draw!
We will draw names at the end of the month so make sure to register before then!
In this unprecedented time, we are going to continue with the book club virtually.
Please email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate, or if you have any questions.
April 15 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Join us virtually to hear from Patti Shale Lefkos as she discusses her book and the experiences which inspired it. "Nepal One Day at a Time" is a story of facing fears, taking risks and discovering the endless possibilities for meaningful connections and service in a developing country. Register to receive Zoom login information.
Every Wednesday in April from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Perhaps you keep a Journal, or you are the family historian. Maybe you entertain friends with stories of your experiences. Do you remember details of your grandparents' lives? Are you a grandparent? You may know people, places and dates spanning five generations, a full century! The problem is: How to write a memoir? It's more than a list of what happened first, and then and then and then... You could learn to preserve these family treasures for future generations... or publish for readers everywhere. Eleanor is eager to share her Memoir Writing Method with beginners and challenge writers who have attempted memoir and hope to improve the reader's experience.
Every third Wednesday of the month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss TEDTalks! Each month, watch three selected TEDTalks on a common theme, and then join the discussion on Zoom. Learn about a new topic and connect with other curious minds!
We cannot offer in-branch technical help at this time. Please call our virtual help line at 1-844-649-8127 or email us at email@example.com and one of our tech experts will assist you.
Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Did you know the library has a digital database for Consumer Reports? How about a movie streaming platform? Join us as we discuss some of our lesser-known digital resources.
In-branch family history assistance is currently limited. Visit our Facilities & Services tab for more information.
Every fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Join us for monthly topics hosted virtually by the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society! They will cover a variety of fascinating topics related to family history. Please visit our events calendar to register and receive the Zoom login information necessary to participate.
Join us in the Makerspace to create, invent, tinker, explore and
discover using a variety of tools and materials - such as our 3D printer, Cricut
cutter, digitization station, recording studio and more!
We are currently not offering certification sessions. Visit the Facilities and Services tab for more information.
Please visit our Re-Opening Safety Measures page to see which library services may be altered due to our COVID-19 safety protocols.
Visit our system-wide Makerspace Page to view the services we offer.
Join us in the Makerspace to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials - such as our 3D printer, Cricut cutter, digitization station, recording studio and more!
Those under 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian maker. Contact or visit the Branch to learn more.
Visit our reservation platform, Spaces, to view and reserve times for specific Makerspace devices.
The Makerspace is open by appointment only during these hours:
Please note that some of our equipment have reduced hours compared to others.
We look forward to welcoming you back!
All bookable spaces are currently unavailable due to COVID-19.
We have a variety of bookable and rental spaces in the Kelowna Library. All meeting spaces have free Wi-Fi. Some have presentation equipment available.
Please download and read Kelowna Library Rental Spaces Information Document for complete information, or call the library at 250-762-2800 with any questions.
Click here to view 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.
Available during branch open hours only. Rooms are 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 one classroom available for rent on the second floor. It can be rented on its own, or with the adjacent room to form one large meeting space (Great Room). The classrooms have glass walls which can be opened or closed to change the configuration of the space.
If 20+ attendees, all refuse must be taken by the renter.
The library features a large event space on the second floor comprising the two classrooms. 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 take-down (exception of A/V equipment) is the responsibility of the renter.
If 20+ attendees, all refuse must be taken by the renter.
Please contact the branch at 250-762-2800 for further information or to book a room.
Due to COVID-19 we can only offer 1 hour of computer time per person per day. Extensions will not be granted.
The library features 9 public computer terminals which grant 1 hour of internet time. Use your library card to log in or speak with staff to receive a temporary computer pass. Visit our general Computers and Internet Access page for more details.
The library also has complimentary Wi-Fi. Simply connect to the ORL wireless network and agree to our terms and conditions to begin.
In-branch seating is currently limited
The library currently offers 3 research tables where patrons may sit to use their wireless devices or do research, including reading books and magazines. Use of the research tables is limited to 1 hour. Speak with staff to use these tables.
All other seating has been temporarily removed.
Under normal circumstances, the ORL partners with the Kelowna & District Genealogical Society to offer assistance with family history research and hosts a special in-branch library of historical and genealogical material.
The Kelowna branch of the ORL features a collection of archival material on microfilm, including newspapers and government records, as well as a microfilm reader donated by the Friends of the Library. Inter-library requests are also available. Speak with staff to submit a request.
The library holds the following records in microfilm format:
Globe & Mail, January 1992 – 2020
Kelowna Courier, July 1904 – December 2017
BC Directories, 1860 – 2001
BC Birth Registrations (including “delayed” and “Indian”), 1858 – 1903
BC Marriage Registrations, 1872 – 1932
BC Death Registrations, 1872 – 1988
Canada Census Records, 1666 – 1916
Archives of Ontario Indexes to Births, Marriages & Deaths:
MS 931, reels 1-28 (births, 1869 - 1906)
MS 934, reels 1-27 (marriages, 1873 - 1921)
MS 937, reels 1-28 (deaths, 1869 - 1931)
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.
We are once again offering exam invigilation. Students must book 2 weeks in advance and follow all health and safety regulations as described by our policies and BC health officials. The library will provide a computer with internet access if needed.
We offer 3 hour timeslots in the following days and times:
Please speak with Kelowna staff to book a time. Restrictions apply.
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 babies 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. Volunteers are on duty to review and accept items at this new location on Fridays, from 9:00 to 11:30 AM.
PLEASE NOTE: There is presently a dropbox available for your good used books at the ORL Administrative Centre at 1430 K.L.O. Road. And we're pleased to let you know a 2nd dropbox is now operational outside the Parkinson Rec Centre!
Kelowna Friends' major fundraiser, the Great Okanagan Book Sale, takes place in November each year. 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.