For Newcomers

Newcomers - Welcome to the Okanagan Regional Library!

Get a library card

With your free library card you can borrow and enjoy books, movies, music and more. 

How to get a library card.


Welcome Sheets


Online Resources from the Library

Your library card number will give you access to our online digital resources:

Learn English online with Rosetta Stone

Learn computer and business skills, and more,  from

Read newspapers from all over the world with PressReader and International Newsstream

View all of our online resources


Recommended Books from the Library


Tours at your library

Many library branches offer tours where you can learn about the services and events they offer. Call or visit your closest library branch to ask about booking a tour. Please note that at this time, tours may be limited to ensure social distancing. 


Information from Government and Community Organizations

North Okanagan Community Organizations

The Shuswap Family Centre

The Shuswap Family Centre provides programs and referral services to help families and individuals in Salmon Arm and area. 


Shuswap Survival Guide,

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Shuswap/Revelstoke Branch has created a guide to help find local organizations in the Enderby, Salmon Arm, Sorrento and Sicamous areas.


The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy,

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy provides English language training and settlement services for people in the Revelstoke region.


Central & South Okanagan Community Organizations

Kelowna Community Resources (KCR)- Immigrant Services,

KCR provides support for youths, adults, and seniors.  They can help  with finding a job, translation, and finding other help from services and resources in the Central Okanagan.  KCR has been chosen by the provincial government to be the lead refugee response team in Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Salmon Arm, and Kamloops.


Lower Similkameen Community Services Society,

The Lower Similkameen Community Services Society provides English language training for people new to the Keremeos and Hedley areas.


South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services,

South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services has offices in Penticton and Oliver, and provides help with settlement and fitting into Canadian life.


British Columbia


Check out the Welcome to BC for a Newcomers Guide and Health Care information pages.


New to BC

Focuses mainly on services available in Vancouver and surrounding areas (the  Lower Mainland), but the website has good information on their Newcomer Resources and their Frequently Asked Questions pages.


Government of Canada

Getting Health Care,

Refugees and Asylum,




For Sponsors

Help them get a library card

Help the sponsored person or family get a library card at one of our library branches.

Find out more about what you need to get a library card.


Online Resources from the Library

Learn more about the sponsored person's language through Rosetta Stone

Learn more about the sponsored person's country from Global Road Warrior


Information from Government and Community Organizations

Government of BC

Family Sponsorship,


Government of Canada

Sponsor a Refugee,



Using the library