Library Services


Please complete our on-line library survey







Share your thoughts and comments with the Library Advisory Commission as the implementation of the
5-year Library Strategic Plan continues.

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Library Survey (pdf)


The City of Ventura Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships, in partnership with the Ventura County Library, received a grant for The Big Read, a bold initiative designed to restore reading to the center of American culture by encouraging an entire community to read, discuss and participate in activities inspired by the featured book. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

Community Outreach at E.P. Foster Library

E. P. Foster Library in downtown Ventura is looking for new partnerships that connect our users with their special interests and help our entire community grow as we share information and resources across various cultures, organizations and disciplines.

Read the Library Outreach Proposal (pdf)

If you or your group can provide resources to this outreach effort please contact Sara Roberts at,

Proposed Events: Adventure Series – Grow Your Business Chamber of Commerce –  City Speakers – City Speakers – Author Series  – Foodies – Ventura College Speaker Series Ventura College – Art in the Library – Music at the Library – Readers Theater – Computer Classes – Writers Series.

Protential Partners: Sporting Goods Businesses – Chamber of Commerce – Local Booksellers – Local Farmers & Restauranteurs – Local Artists, Writers & Musicians

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.

Documents and reports informing the process: Do you love books, ideas and technology? Ventura's citizens have been working diligently to help shape the future of Ventura's libraries. Over the course of the last 12 months community members have come together to share their concerns, hopes and desires for improving library services. The City working collaboratively with Ventura County Library Services have been working towards addressing concerns and making hopes a reality.

The Draft Library Strategic Plan was discussed at the April 24, 2012 Library Advisory Commission at 5:30 PM in the Santa Cruz Conference Room at City Hall. The report was available for review on April 19. On May 7, the City Council received the report, available by May 2 at, and adopted it. See link above to view both the final document and executive summary.

Survey Results as of June 10, 2011

Consultant's Report to City Council June 16, 2011

Consultant's Request for Information (RFI) due August 15, 2011 Spreadsheet Attachment

FAQs (frequently asked questions) about the library strategic plan process

VIDEO OF: Special Joint Meeting of City Council and Library Advisory Commission on June 16

PowerPoint presentation made by Nancy Howe, Deputy Director, Santa Clara County Library

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 ###

Libraries and Hours

The City of Ventura has two public libraries: E.P. Foster Library (City Librarian Mary Stewart, 648-2715) and The Avenue Library (Library Supervisor Laura Paine, 643-6393). The libraries are administered and staffed by the Ventura County Library System. For more information on the Ventura County Library System click here.

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 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

Library Vision for Ventura

Click here for the  Library Vision adopted by the San Buenaventura City Council January 27, 1997

The County Library System

The County Library System consists of fourteen libraries in seven cities, plus unincorporated county areas. The System is governed by the Ventura County Library Commission. The Commissioners are City Councilpersons from the Ventura County Cities that participate in the County System, and a County Supervisor who represents the unincorporated County areas. Mayor Bill Fulton is the City's representative on that Commission. 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
646 County Square Drive
Suite 150
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 477-7331
Ventura County Library website