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. For more information contact SBFOL periodic book sales manager Chuck Carlson at 805.642.6084 or chucknsherrie@att.net. ###

Monthly Events at E.P. Foster Library

9/3 College Planning6:30-9 p.m. in the Topping Room.  Linda Kapala will help you learn how to choose the right college, finance a college education, fill out applications, and much, much more.

9/6 Friends of the Library book club!10-noon - This month's read: Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman. All are welcome to this special event in the Topping Room. 

9/8 Ukulele Jam Session 7-10 p.m. Free and open to the public. All skill levels are welcome to join in on this fun activity.

9/10 Pet First Aid 7-8:30 p.m. Glenda Mahon EMT, Educator at Action Preparedness Training will present information on what to do in a pet emergency. Learn when to call for emergency assistance for an injured pet and how to identify signals of breathing emergencies. Also, Glenda will give advice on assembling a pet-friendly first aid kit.

9/13“Adult Literacy Awareness Day” noon-4 p.m. Meet local Literacy Providers, enjoy the Friends of the Library book sale,  interact with PAWS Dogs, visit a food truck, listen to music and much more.

9/16 make.show.tell 7-8 p.m. Local artists show off their work, giving brief demonstrations in this dynamic event.

9/23 Read Me a Story and More 6-8 p.m. An early literacy workshop for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 years old. Parents and caregivers will learn:

*Reservations are required. Call the library for more information.

9/24 The Chumash Maritime Culture, Past, Present and Future 6-7:30 p.m.Alan Salazar, of the Chumash Maritime Association, will share the story of the Chumash Tomol. The Chumash, originally based on  the Santa Barbara coast and Channel Islands, used plank canoes called tomols for fishing and traveling between villages on the Pacific coast. The tomol was perhaps one of the most important tools in use by the Chumash.

9/27 CSUCI weekend From college applications to English professors and OSHER presentations, we will cover it all on this special weekend at Foster Library.

9/27 Ukulele class 11- noon Free class for all skill levels.

9/28 Natural Habitats around CSU Channel Island – Before and After the 2013 Springs Fire 1-3 p.m. Professor Steven Norris will discuss the effect of the fire on the native flora Coastal Sage of the Santa Monica Mountains.

9/30 Laser engraver demo 7-8:30 p.m. Our makerspace debuts the latest technology in this hands-on tutorial.

9/4, 9/11, 9/18 Open Mic Night 7:30-9 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Call the library at 648-2716 for more information. Download Events Calendar

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 - Ron D'Incau
  • Vice Chair - Patrick C. Squires
  • Commissioner Danny Carrillo
  • Commissioner Debbie Giles
  • 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