Vernon Campus Library

Vernon CampusContact
7000 College Way
Vernon, BC Canada
V1B 2N5
Library Hours
Library Staff
Jennifer Finlay, MLIS
Campus Librarian, Vernon
P: 250-545-7291 x2249
Daniel DeGroot
Campus Library Assistant, Vernon
P: 250-545-7291 x2305
Stacey Davidson
Library Assistant, Vernon
P: 250-545-7291 x2268
Deanna Polson
Library Assistant, Vernon
P: 250-545-7291 x2304
Bianca Valencia
Library Assistant, Vernon
P: 250-545-7291 x2304
Group Study Room Bookings
Vernon Campus Library has three group study rooms available for booking. Study rooms can accommodate groups of up to 8 people. To book a room for your group for up to two hours, visit the library and to reserve a spot. These quiet rooms have some of the best views in town, so be sure to book them well ahead of time as the bookings fill up fast!
Printing, Photocopying & Scanning
Library staff and lab monitors are available to assist with printing accounts. Staff are available to answerPay Per Print questions including: how to add money to your account with a credit card; establishing a PayPal account; redeeming a voucher; and submitting a transfer or refund request. 

Vouchers for printing can be purchased at the circulation desk (cash only) or at the Campus Store. Vouchers come in denominations of $2, $5 and $10. Requests for jobs in colour can also be submitted. Ask at the library circulation desk or the lab monitor desk for assistance in changing the necessary printing properties. 

More information can be found on the Pay Per Print website

Laptop Lending
The Vernon Library Tree

Laptop computers are available for students to borrow at the circulation desk. There is no charge for same day return. Overnight loans are $5 per day up to a maximum of $25 for one week. 

To borrow a laptop the user must be an OC student with a library account in good standing. A current Library Agreement for Use of Laptop & Netbook Computers form must be on file at the circulation desk.

Audio Visual Material

Everything from LCD projectors to cameras and tripods can be booked for checkout by students and faculty. Audio Visual Material can be booked through students' MyOkanagan page under Resources and Links. Once booked, material can be picked up and returned from the Vernon Campus Library circulation desk. 

Photo ID

New Students can have photos taken at the campus store. Once printed, the ID card will be ready for pick-up from the Vernon Campus Library. IDs should arrive approximately 10 days after photos are taken. New students should bring one form of ID such as a BC drivers license, BCID, or passport. New students will also need their registration form. Returning students can have their expiration date renewed at the Library.

Software on Computer Workstations

Computer lab software varies according to campus and the desktop chosen. IT Services maintains a searchable database of software currently available: Computer Lab Software Database

Deakin Collection

Dr. Barry Deakin passed away in April 2000. His wife, Dr.Andrea Deakin, formerly a Salmon Arm resident, retired teacher, and reviewer and critic of children's books since 1971, was instrumental in the development, recognition, and promotion of children's literature and literacy in Canada. In memory of her late husband, Andrea became one of the College's major benefactors through her generous donations of award-winning children's literature to the OC Library in Salmon Arm. Dr. Barry Deakin was a staunch supporter of Andrea's work and a promoter of children's literature in his own right. The Deakin Collection now holds over 6,500 titles. As a means of expanding the use of the collection institution-wide, selected titles were transferred to other campus libraries in 2010.

The Deakin Newsletter of Children's Literature contains written reviews by Andrea Deakin and also provides information about this collection. 

Kalamalka Seed Library

The Kalamalka Seed Library, housed at the Vernon Campus Library of Okanagan College, first germinated in the fall of 2013. Today the seed library contains dozens of non-GMO varieties of vegetable, herb and flower seeds. The seed library received generous start-up grants from the Bauta Family Initiative. Mrs. Gretchen Bauta’s vision, in partnership with USC Canada and Seeds of Diversity, is to secure a thriving Canadian seed system. For our part, the Kalamalka Seed Library strives to select, save and share our best local seeds.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN estimates 75% of crop diversity has disappeared in the last century as farmers have lost their local varieties to imported, genetically uniform varieties. Thus, saving seed is critical to biodiversity and the resilience of food sources amidst diverse climates, soils and stresses. By saving and sharing our best seeds the Kalamalka Seed Library can expand seed diversity and nurture varieties for their strength and ability to adapt to changing conditions without giving up food rights to corporate owned modifications.

The Kalamalka Seed Library was represented at Vernon’s Seedy Saturday in March 2018. The response to our mandate, by local growers and seed savers, was extremely positive. With the support of knowledgeable gardeners and seed savers, the seed library will continue to promote local biodiversity and seed security.

As part of Connections in August 2018, there will be a workshop hosted at the Vernon Campus Library to acquaint participants with the seed library and its resources. The workshop will also involve a tour of Patchwork Farms, a community farm and demonstration garden overlooking Kalamalka Lake. While at Patchwork, participants will learn more about seed collecting and saving from a local, expert gardener.

Other Vernon Campus Library Endeavours

Kalamalka Speakers Series (Archive)