Library Services

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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

San Buenaventura Friends of the Library

San Buenaventura Friends of the Library (SBFOL) is an all-volunteer group, working to help Ventura's libraries serve the public need for knowledge and opportunity. For information regarding SBFOL, 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.

Upcoming Book Sales

On March 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
San Buenaventura Friends of the Library will hold a Buck-a-Bag Book Sale at the Albertsons at Kimball Road

Restock your bookshelves along with your groceries. We'll provide the bag -- fill a plastic bag and take home a bag of books for just $1.00.  Fill a larger paper bag and take it home for $2.00. We'll even provide a box which you can fill for $4.00. All funds raised are used to benefit Ventura's libraries.

For more information, Mary Olson at info@sbfol.org (805) 223-1187

Monthly Events @ E.P. Foster Library

March 2015 Events

3/1 FosterCon Mini Comic Festival 1-7 p.m. FosterCon is a two-day comic-related event with activities for all ages. There will be vendors, workshops on cosplay and drawing comics, stations for making candy sushi, Wii games for teens in the Topping Room from 1-4 p.m., and a special movie screening from 5-7 p.m. Call the library for more information!

3/3 Makeshop: Vibrating Robots 5-7 p.m. Come to E.P. Foster Library for another special Library LAB activity! This week, participants will be able to use small motors, battery clips, and assorted odds and ends to create fun little vibrating robots. If you’re looking for a project that requires a mix of engineering and creativity, join us for this free event!

3/4 CI Lecture Series 5-7 p.m. Dr. Phil Hampton will use Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass” to explore the chemistry behind "handed molecules" and how they relate to the thalidomide tragedy of the late 50s. A hands-on activity with gum drops and 3D visualization of molecules will be included in this presentation that covers chirality, chiral drugs, and 3D molecular structure.

3/11 Mixed-Media Art 6-7 p.m. Local artist J.L. Hauer will give a presentation on mixed-media art using reclaimed materials. Examples of her art are currently on display in E.P. Foster Library’s foyer and have been featured in various galleries throughout the county and beyond.

3/17 Makeshop: Dancing Art Robots 5-7 p.m. Join us on the second floor of the library for this Library LAB activity! Participants will be able to build a robot out of a battery pack, vibrating motor, and washable markers that will dance across a surface and leave colorful designs in its wake. See how science and art can come together at this free event!

3/18 “Ground Operations” Film Screening 6:30-8 p.m. The library will screen “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields,” a documentary championing combat vets who are rebuilding their own lives as organic farmers and ranchers and revitalizing their communities by providing access to local, affordable, fresh, and healthy food.

3/27 Minute to Win It 5-8 p.m. Get ready for minutes of fun! Join the E.P. Foster TAG group and experience “Minute to Win It” like never before. With a wide variety of minute-long games, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

3/28 Origami Math Genius (OMG) 11 a.m. – Noon. OMG is a curriculum built around origami math developed by BiJian Fan to integrate art and science into K-12 education. This program integrates fun, hands-on activities into learning. Students can learn mathematical concepts and logic by creating origami artworks, cultivate imagination and creativity, and develop problem-solving skills.

Recurring Events

3/4, 3/11, 3/18 & 3/25 Library LAB 5:30-7:30 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.

3/5, 3/12, 3/19 & 3/26 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.

3/9, 3/23 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!

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 dsindelar@cityofventura.net or 805-658-4793.

Share your thoughts and comments with the Library Advisory Commission Please complete and save this form and email it to dsindelar@cityofventura.net.  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 http://www.cityofventura.net/public_meetings/LibraryAdvisoryCommission.

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