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

Monthly Events @ E.P. Foster Library

Event Calendars:  ▪March  ▪April

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.

4/6 Film Discussion Group 6-9 p.m. Come join us in kicking off our new Film Discussion Group. The doors open at 6 p.m. and there will be time included afterward to talk about the selected film. Pick it apart and/or praise it with us. This month's movie is a satirical comedy from 1967 that pokes fun at a British film phenomenon at its peak in popularity.

4/7 & 4/8 Dress Up for Storytime 10:30 a.m. Come to our special storytimes on April 7 & 8 dressed as your favorite character!

4/8 “BRATS: Our Journey Home” Film Screening 6 p.m. The library will screen this film by Donna Musil, a documentary about growing up military which explores questions of family, identity, and the concept of home. The film features music and narration by singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, himself an Air Force brat, and interviews with General Schwarzkopf and author Mary Edwards Wertsch.

4/11 Sketching with John Iwerks 10-11 a.m. Artists, doodlers, beginners, and anyone else interested in John Iwerk’s amazing artwork are encouraged to attend this workshop in the Topping Room. Bring along your sketchbook and tools! If you need a sketchbook you can contact E.P. Foster Library to see if any are available for checkout.

4/15 “BRATS RAW” Film Screening 6 p.m. This special follow-up screening will feature a series of uncut interviews and extra footage from the original movie, “BRATS: Our Journey Home,” with General Schwarzkopf and Kris Kristofferson.

4/22 CI Lecture Series 5-7 p.m. Dr. Michelle Dean, Assistant Professor of Special Education, will present research that examines the social experiences of school children with high functioning autism, focusing on how gender relates to their relationships and social behaviors.

4/28 Read Me a Story & More 6-8 p.m. This early literacy workshop is for parents and caregivers of children 0-5 years old. Early literacy lays the foundation for learning to read. In this workshop, parents and caregivers will learn the five early literacy practices that children need to be reading-ready. Class size is limited, and advanced registration is required. This workshop is for adults ONLY. Sign up at the children’s desk or call(805) 648-2716 and ask for the children’s department.

4/29 NOAA and the National Weather Service 5-6 p.m. Eric Boldt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of NOAA, will speak on STEM topics and the role of the National Weather Service. This talk is for people of all ages interested in STEM fields and the careers they can lead to.

Recurring Events

3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 & 4/29 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.

3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23 & 4/30 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.

3/23, 4/13, 4/27 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!


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, Mary Olson at (805) 223-1187

Upcoming Booksales

The SBFOL will be hosting used book sales in June and September of 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

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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