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1380 Ellis St.
Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2A2
(250) 762-2800

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).

Please find our events below on the branch calendar, or search the ORL Calendar of Events.

Click here for a virtual video tour and photographs of the branch. Thanks to David Watkins Photography!

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Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Oct. 19 to Apr. 19
All branches closed on statutory holidays

Parking is available in the Library Plaza Parkade for $1 per hour on weekdays with free parking on weekends.

More downtown parking information is available here.

Before you come down in the evening, check for event parking dates based on the Rockets' schedule here. Parking is $1 in the evening unless it's an event night; there will be a sign at the entrance to the parkade. Those evenings are $5.




Youth Services

Christmas Puppet Show - Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Free tickets required. They will be available for in-person pick up starting Saturday, November 22 at the Children’s Information Desk.

Click Here For Puppet Show Dates & Times


Free Family Movie Matinee! Home Alone

Sunday, December 14 12:30-2:10pm in the Meeting Room

Popcorn & Juice Boxes Provided

Family Movie Matinee Poster


FALL Story Times (newborn-6 years)

Babytime, Toddlertime & Storytime FALL Schedule September 8-December 5

2014 FALL Babytime Songs & Rhymes

 2015 Story Times (newborn-6 years)

2015 Baby Time, Toddler Time & Story Time Schedule January 5-May 30


Lego Builders (6-12 years)

2015 Dates Coming Soon!


Library Jeopardy for Kids (8-12 years) 

2015 Dates Coming Soon! 

Adult Services 


We Remember: An Afternoon of Stories and Memories of the Second World War - November 29 at 2pm.

Join BC author Elinor Florence and personal historian Rebecca Robinson November 29th at 2:00 pm in our meeting room. The book launch for Bird's Eye View, a Show & Tell for grown-ups, and a special guest from the past will all make for a most interesting afternoon. Refreshments will be served. Find more details here on our blog.






Lunchbox is back, happening every Wednesday at noon in the Cultural District. The library's next speaker is on December 3. Jeff Keen will be here to talk about our future next door neighbour, the Okanagan Centre for Innovation. Bring your lunch and learn! See the complete list of speakers here.






Venues in the Cultural District will be offering a variety of activities starting at 4 pm the first Thursday of every month. End off your evening in the district with us!  We will be offering Throwback Thursday Cult Movies. December 4th we are showing the 1992 classic "Wayne's World". Mike Myers, Dana Carvey and a blast from the past!  Showtime is 7 pm in the meeting room. Bring your own popcorn!


Book Launch

Join Okanagan contributors Gary Doi, Cathryn Wellner, and Sterling Haynes for the launch of the new book Fly Like An Eagle: Real Life Stories of Hope & Inspiration here at the library at 2pm on Friday December 5th. Copies of the book will be available for sale and all proceeds go to SORCO, the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls.


eReader Clinics

If you need advice or assistance with eReaders and eBooks, make an appointment with one of our librarians.  We’ll help you with anything from where to find consumer information on buying eReaders or tablets, to assisting with the borrowing/downloading process. Click here for tips on deciding between buying an eReader or a tablet.



Thursday Night Book Club

  • We meet at 7 pm in the 2nd floor  Group Study Room the 2nd Thursday of each month. December's book is Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. The list of upcoming titles can be found here


 FREE Movie Nights         

  • Films based on books (or having some literary connection). Showtime is 7pm in the Meeting Room.   December's movie is the 2000 mockumentary Best in Show on Monday, December 15th. The complete list for the rest of 2014 can be found on our blog here.


Genealogist in Residence

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. Hours are:

  • Mondays: 10-12 pm
  • Wednesdays: 1-3 pm
  • Thursdays: 6-8 pm
  • Saturdays 1-3pm (April - September)
  • Sundays: 1-3pm (October - March)

Click here for a video about this service.



Kelowna Branch Tours For Everyone

For Children and Teens

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 klysreference@orl.bc.ca

For Adults

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 klreference@orl.bc.ca


Kelowna Friends of the Library (www.kelownafol.ca)

Annual General Meeting Saturday, November 23 in the Meeting Room here at 10 a.m.

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. All persons interested in libraries can obtain a membership for $5.00 per year at the Kelowna, Mission or Rutland branch libraries.

For membership and donation information, please  call 250-763-7323 (READ)  or www.kelownafol.ca

The major fundraiser, the Great Okanagan Book Sale, takes place in October each year. The Kelowna Friends of the Library sponsor an endowment fund with the Central Okanagan Foundation and they also host various public meetings and author events throughout the year.

Directors of Kelowna Friends of the Library hold meetings in the Kelowna Branch, at 5:30pm on the second Monday of each month. No board meetings are held in July & August. The society's 2014 AGM will be Saturday, November 22.

For further information, please E-mail Fol4k@hotmail.com


Meeting Rooms

The Kelowna Branch has meeting rooms available for rent. The meeting rooms are available on open days and are booked in 4-hour blocks.

With a theatre style set-up, the North meeting room has a capacity of 40, and South meeting room a capacity of 80. Together, with the dividing wall removed, the total capacity is 120.

Fees for a 4-hour block are $80.00 for each of the smaller rooms and $160.00 for both rooms. Bookings are not confirmed until the rental fee has been paid.

We also have a small Group Study Room on the 2nd floor of the library which holds about 8-10 people. There is no charge for its use and it is bookable in advance.

Please contact the branch at 250-762-2800 for further information or to book a room.