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Salmon Arm

#285 Piccadilly Mall
1151 10th Ave. SW
Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 1T3
(250) 832-6161 
Email:  salmonarm@orl.bc.ca             


The library has two book return bins - one open 24 hours behind the library, next to the Canadian Tire loading dock, and one inside the mall next to the library entrance and open during mall hours. Book drops are locked during extended closures (Easter and Christmas).

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


Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
All branches are closed on statutory holidays

Free parking is available in the mall parking lot.


Branch Services


Reference / Information Assistance

Whether you want suggestions on a good book to read, or need assistance with in-depth research, our Reference staff can help you.  We can draw upon our Reference collection, which includes many print and digital resources not freely available on the internet (such as vehicle repair manuals, legal reference works, and directories).  Drop by, give us a call (250-832-6161, ext. 5821) or send us an email (sareference@orl.bc.ca)  


Reading Advice / Displays

Looking for some inspiration on what to read next?  Ask our staff for suggestions on good books or authors to read, movies or TV series to watch, or music to listen to.  If you’re browsing in the library, we also have displays on various topics.

We also display art work from local artists and artist groups.

Current Displays

  • Word on the Lake Writers Festival
  • BC Authors

Basic eBook Assistance

If you need assistance downloading eBooks to your tablet or eReader, we can help!  Phone us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca and we can schedule an individual, one-to-one appointment with you. 

Click here for more information about our digital resources, such as eBooks, or magazines you can download to your tablet for free!


Internet Access

We have 7 Internet stations you can use for free; you just need an ORL library card to log on the computers. 

We also have a printer (25 cents/page, black and white copies).

Our computers have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as Google Earth, and access to subscription services such as Ancestry, Alldata (vehicle repair), BC Codes (BC Plumbing and Fire Codes), and Grant Connect (a fundraising/grants website)


Photocopying and Scanning

Our photocopier does double-sided copying, as well as enlarging/reducing.  Copies are 25 cents/page, and are black and white.

The photocopier also scans, so you can scan a document, and email a PDF copy.  Scanning is free, but you have to deposit a quarter to activate the menu.  Staff are also available if you need assistance.


Exam Invigilation

If you are taking a course, and need to have an exam invigilated/proctored, one of our librarians can do this.  Click here for more information on exam invigilation.  Call us at 250-832-6161 ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca.


Branch Tours

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.

To book a free tour for kids call us at 250-832-6161ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@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 us for further information.

To book a free tour for adults call us at 250-832-6161ext. 5821 or email us at sareference@orl.bc.ca


 Adult Programs

 Colouring Book Nights

Tuesday evenings between 5:00 and 7:30

Colour inside or outside the lines at our Colouring Book Nights.  Drop in Tuesday evenings between 5:00 and 7:30; we'll have colouring sheets, pencil crayons and markers ready to go!   Or feel free to bring in your own colouring books and crayons.  Kids and teens are welcome too!  And if you want to display your finished picture, we'll be happy to put  it on display in the library.



 Youth Services:

Book Summer Reading Club School Visits:

For Teacher Librarians and Educators

To book a Summer Reading Club visit to your school call 250832-6161, email aburnham@orl.bc.ca or register online HERE.

Summer Reading Club visits usually include a quick fun activity or story, and information about the Summer Reading Club and the library.


A little bit of this and a little bit of that: stories, singing, dancing, puppets and lots of fun and laughter for kids of all ages and stages. All library storytimes are free - just drop in! 

For more information about our children's programs, please contact the Salmon Arm Branch at 250-832-6161, or email Ardie at aburnham@orl.bc.ca


Toddler Time

This program is geared for ages 18 months to 2 years but all ages are welcome.

Toddler Time will move to Saturdays at 10:30 for the summer session (July 2 through August 13). It will return to Thursdays at 10:30 in September.


Family Story Time

Family Story Time at the library will be every Wednesday 10:30am and Saturday at 2:30pm from January 27 through May 21.

This program is geared for ages 3 to 6 years but all ages are welcome.  


Story Time in the Park

Story Time in the Park will be on Wednesdays at 10:30am from June 29 through August 17. Here is a list of the parks we will be at: 

  • June 29- Haney Heritage Park- 751 Grindrod-Salmon Arm Hwy
  • July 6 – McGuire Lake Park- 501 10th St NE
  • July 13 – Salmon Arm West School Park- 4750 10 Ave SW
  • July 20 – Jackson Park- Across from the North Canoe Hall at 7210 – 51 Street NE
  • July 27 –Klahani Park- 6391 10 Ave. SE
  •  August 3 – Elks Park- 3690 30 Street NE
  • August 10 – Blackburn Park- 681 - 10 Ave. SW
  •   August 17- Kin Park- 2460 Auto Road SE

If it is stormy, Story Time will be held at the library in Salmon Arm.


Pyjama Story Time

Pyjama story time will return in the fall.

Salmon Arm Kids and Library Services 4 SA Teens Blogs

Pictures from past programs and Summer Reading Club events can be found at our Salmon Arm Kids in the Library blog at http://salibrarykids.wordpress.com.  Teens can access our Library Services 4 SA Teens blog at http://salibrary4teens.wordpress.com.  Our new Youth Services Librarian, Ardie, will be regularly updating this blog with news about children's programs and special events. We welcome your comments and suggestions!


Friends of the Library 

Salmon Arm's Friends of the Library group was formed in 1998. The Friends support the library through advocacy and fundraising, such as organizing two book sales a year, in January and June. Book sale proceeds help sponsor library programs such as author visits and special children's programs and contests. The Friends have donated several furnishings for the library,including our lounge chairs and the loveseat in the children's area. Friends also volunteer with the library's Homebound delivery program.

Meetings are held 5 times a year in January, April, June, September and November.   The next meeting is Monday, February 1 at 2pm, in the Piccadilly Mall Boardroom (down the hallway past InView Optical)

Friends of the Library have recently helped fund:

  • a lectern and AV cart for guest speakers and author visits
  • Summer Reading Club programs and prizes
  • a set of wire mesh browsing baskets for library users to carry items while browsing our shelves
  • a large Canada wall map

The Friends are actively looking for new members who would like to support  the Salmon Arm and South Shuswap ORL Branches.  If you love the library, and have time to help, contact Sherry at sherrius@telus.net  or 250-804-0936 for more information.       

The June Book Sale is scheduled for Friday, June 24 (9:00-8:00) and Saturday, June 25 (9:00-4:00).

The next meeting is Monday, June 27 (2:00) in the Piccadilly Mall boardroom (just past In-View Optical).