Library Services


Libraries and Hours

The City of Ventura has two public libraries, E.P. Foster Library (648-2716) and The Avenue Library (643-6393), administered and staffed by the Ventura County Library System. To receive the library's e-newsletter click here

E. P. Foster Library located at 651 East Main Street

Monday-Thursday 10-7
Friday -Saturday    10-5
Sunday                     1-5



Avenue Library located at 606 North Ventura Avenue

Monday-Tuesday            12-7
Wednesday-Thursday   12-6
Saturday                           10-3
Friday & Sunday              Closed


Monthly Events @ E.P. Foster Library

Children's & Adult Events Calendar: August 2015  

Below is a list of E.P. Foster Library’s planned events for the upcoming month. Or click on the PDF link of the month’s events above, which can also be found on the E.P. Foster Library location page; a direct link to the flyer can be found here.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the library at (805) 648-2716, and thank you for your help spreading the word about what we have going on here at the library!

8/18 Library LAB Makeshop: Solar Energy 3 p.m. A special STEM class for elementary and middle school students on the second floor of the library. Learn about solar energy and use it to power a simple dancing robot.

8/19 Botanist Certification Information Session 7 p.m. The Channel Islands Chapter of the California Native Plant Society presents David Magney, who will discuss the Professional Botanist Certification Program. This event is open to anyone with an interest in botany; beginners to experts are welcome.

Recurring Events

8/5, 8/12, 8/19 & 8/26 Library LAB 4:30-6:30 p.m. Come by the library on Wednesday evenings to learn more about our 3D printer and laser cutter—or to use them yourself! Ask the library staff about what you need to bring to print or engrave an item of your own, or just drop in to see what we’re up to in our library makerspace. [ONGOING EVENT]

8/6, 8/13, 8/20 & 8/27 Open Mic Night 7:30-9 p.m. On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to present their work. [ONGOING EVENT]

8/7, 8/14, 8/21 & 8/28 Lego Play 10:30 a.m. – noon. Building fun at the library! Children of all ages welcome.

8/10 & 8/24 Ukulele Jam Session 7-10 p.m. Come play the ukulele with other local musicians in the Topping room! This event is free and open to the public. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun! [ONGOING EVENT]

8/11 & 8/25 Lego LAB: Build, Learn, and Play! 3 p.m. New, exciting challenges every meeting. Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome! [RECURRING THROUGH THE END OF AUGUST]

Ron Solórzano/Library Technician Ventura County Library System (805) 648-2716

Ventura Friends of the Library

Ventura Friends of the Library (VFOL) is an all-volunteer group, working to help Ventura's libraries serve the public need for knowledge and opportunity. For information regarding VFOL, including becoming a volunteer worker, and/or making a tax-deductible donation of cash, please pick up forms at any library where you may also donate books for future sales.

The Ventura Friends of the Library are sponsoring a poster contest for the City of Ventura's 150th Anniversary Celebration, April 2, 2016.

This contest is open to all youth, ages 6-18, who live or go to school in the City of Ventura. This is a great opportunity for you to use your imagination and highlight the special places and things our city has to offer.

If you like to draw, paint, collage or do some other type of 2 dimensional artwork this is for you! If you have a child or student who is artistically gifted, encourage them to work on a poster image.

Poster entries can be turned in at Avenue, Saticoy, and E.P. Foster Libraries.

The library will accept submissions September 8th - October 16th at 5:00 p.m

Upcoming Booksales

The SBFOL hosts used book sales in fall 2015. For exact dates and times please check their website


Library Strategic Plan

The Library Strategic Plan Vision for the Future: 2012-2017 (see also the final Executive Summary) was adopted by the Ventura City Council on May 7, 2012. For more information about this project please contact Denise Sindelar, Community Partnerships Manager at or 805-658-4793.

Share your thoughts and comments with the Library Advisory Commission Please complete and save this form and email it to  Library Survey (pdf)

Library Advisory Commission

The City of Ventura has a Library Advisory Commission - not related to the County Library Commission. The City Library Advisory Commission's purpose is to make recommendations to the Ventura City Council on issues related to libraries and library services. The LAC meets on the fourth Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the Santa Cruz Conference Room.

  • Chair - Patrick C. Squires
  • Vice Chair - Debbie Giles
  • Commissioner Danny Carrillo
  • Commissioner Ron D'Incau
  • Commissioner David Luna
  • Commissioner Dolly Moerhle
  • Commissioner Berta Steele
  • City staff contact for the Library Advisory Commission:  Denise Sindelar, 658-4793

View Library Advisory Commission minutes and agendas

Frequently Asked Questions about the Closure of HP Wright Library

Click here for an FAQ about the closure of HP Wright Library

More information regarding library issues is available at

The County Library System

The County Library System consists of twelve libraries in seven cities, plus unincorporated county areas. The System is governed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. The mission of the Ventura County Library is to meet the general reading, lifelong learning and informational needs of the people of Ventura County, with special focus on children, youth and families.  Jackie Griffin is the Director of the Ventura County Library System.

Ventura County Library
5600 Everglades St.
Suite A
Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 677-7150

Ventura County Library website