For Newcomers

Welcome to the Okanagan Regional Library!

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Welcome Sheets

Online Resources

Use your library card for access the library’s online resources:

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Book Lists

World Languages

Borrow or request books in the seven most-spoken languages in the area.

Tours at your library

Take a tour to learn about the services and events at your library. Call or visit your closest library to see if they can set up a tour.


Information from Government and Community Organizations

North Okanagan Community Organizations

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

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

Shuswap Immigrant Services Society: This group works with local residents and community groups to welcome and support newcomers to the Shuswap, celebrate diversity, and promote inclusive communities to be enjoyed by all.

Shuswap Survival Guide 2023 [PDF]: 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.

Vernon & District Immigrant & Community Services Society: This group connects newcomers to their community by offering settlement services, English language training, help with finding work, and more. 


Central & South Okanagan Community Organizations

KCR (Kelowna Community Resources ) - 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.

Project Literacy: Project Literacy provides English literacy training and support for immigrants, refugees, children and seniors in the Central Okanagan. Tutoring sessions are based on the needs to the learner.

Lower Similkameen Community Services Society: The society provides English literacy support for newcomers to the Keremeos and Hedley areas.

South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services: This group has offices in Penticton and Oliver. They provide help with settlement and fitting into Canadian life.

British Columbia

WelcomeBC: Check out the Newcomers Guide and Daily Life topics.

New to BC: Focuses mainly services for Vancouver and (the  Lower Mainland), but the website has good information on their Settlement Guides and Daily Life pages.

Government of Canada

Health Care for Refugees: How to get short term health care.

Refugees and Asylum: How to apply for refugee status.


For Sponsors

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

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

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

Family Sponsorship: The Government of BC about sponsoring a spouse or relative to immigrate to Canada.

Sponsor a Refugee: Information from the Government of Canada for private groups who will sponsor eligible refugees.

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