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

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 ###

Monthly Events at E.P. Foster Library

10/21 7-9 p.m. Local makers, builders, and craftspeople from the Ventura area will be at Foster to share their skills with you! Join us for demonstrations of techniques and displays of finished works.              

10/22 Stronghold Schools 6:30 p.m. Come learn the one word that will help you confront and heal your child's home and school problems. Paul D. White, Director of the Ventura-based Stronghold School Systems, will share the foundational principles he's used for 40 years to transform the most challenging possible children.

10/25 Photos and Stories from Los Padres 5-6 p.m. Wilderness blogger David Stillman takes us into the seldom-seen areas of Los Padres National Forest. Photos, stories, and advice from this highly experienced local hiker.‚Äč

10/26 Should I Start My Own Business? 4-5 p.m. Tired of punching a time clock? If you’ve ever thought of starting your own business, this powerful, thought-provoking session with Business Coach Deborah Gallant will help you get clear FAST. Deborah has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs at all stages and she brings her no-nonsense perspective to help you understand what it is really like to have your own business and see if you’ve got the right stuff.

10/29 Dia de los Muertos 7-8:30 p.m. Join in as the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project presents a talk on the Day of the Dead, "Dia de los Muertos," a tradition observed throughout Mexico honoring loved ones who have passed on.

10/2, 10/16, 10/30 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 share their work.

11/1 Friends of the Library Book Discussion 10 a.m. – Noon. A book club discussion sponsored by the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. This month readers can choose between Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Lafcadio’s Adventure by Andre Gide. All are welcome to this special event in the Topping Room.

11/2 Ken McAlpine Reading 6:30-7:30 p.m. Local Ventura author Ken McAlpine will offer a reading of his latest book, “Juncture,” and will take some time to talk about the craft of writing as well as some of his previous works. McAlpine is an award-winning author who also writes for several magazines and has traveled far and wide in search of inspiration.

11/6 Wrinkle In Time: The Ties That Bind 5-6 p.m. A reception to mark the opening of this art exhibit, which highlights Caregivers: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly. Food and beverages for the event will be provided by the San Buenaventura Friends of the Library.

11/9 Mixing Species: Is it Kosher? 3-4 p.m. Rabbi Elihu Gevirtz, co-spiritual leader of Zimrat Yah in Santa Barbara, examines biblical perspectives on biotechnology.

11/16 Our Innate Cognitive Biases 3-4 p.m. Join Tom Krause, Ph.D., for a look at the psychological perspectives shaping public opinions of biotechnology. Krause is a management consultant and former Chairman of an Ojai-based global consulting firm specializing in organizational culture and safety management.

Recurring Events

11/6, 11/13, 11/20 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 share their work.

11/10, 11/24 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!

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 - 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

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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