Library Services


Special Summer Reading Event - Tuesday, July 7, 3:30 pm

The Avenue Library and Ventura Avenue Adult Center invite you to learn about the culture and customs of Polynesia through dances spanning the ilsands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand and the Philippines. This event at Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N Ventura Ave, is free and open to the public.

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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

E. P. Foster Library located at 651 East Main Street

Monday-Thursday 10-7
Friday -Saturday    10-5
Sunday                     1-5

Avenue Library located at 606 North Ventura Avenue

Monday-Tuesday            12-7
Wednesday-Thursday   12-6
Saturday                           10-3
Friday & Sunday              Closed


Monthly Events @ E.P. Foster Library

Children's & Adult Events Calendar:  July 2015

Below is a list of E.P. Foster Library’s planned events for July, 2015. A flyer of the month’s events is attached, and can also be found on the E.P. Foster Library location page; a direct link to the flyer can be found here.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the library at(805) 648-2716, and thank you for your help spreading the word about what we have going on here at the library!

7/1 Nifty Balloons 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. David and Shayna offer their world-famous library show, a performance with silliness, storytelling, and the most amazing balloons you have ever seen!

7/7 Library LAB Makeshop: Solar Energy 3-5 p.m. A special STEM class for elementary and middle school students on the second floor of the library. Learn about solar energy and use it to power a simple dancing robot.

7/8 Pulse Drumming 3 p.m. This is a family-oriented event, presented by Pulse Drumming of Ventura, which will include a drum circle presentation.

7/15 Ojai Raptors 3 p.m. Prepare to be amazed by the wonders of birds of prey through this wildlife presentation and educational event.

7/18 Late Night @ Your Library Noon – 8 p.m. E.P. Foster Library presents “Late Night @ Your Library,” a special ArtWalk event. The evening program includes music, a book sale, art courtesy of the Ventura Artists Union, and special 3D printer demonstrations!

7/19 ArtWalk at E.P. Foster Library 1-5 p.m. Local art will continue to be on display at the library through the weekend as part of Ventura’s ArtWalk.

7/21 Library LAB Makeshop: Wind Power 3-5 p.m. A special STEM class for elementary and middle school students on the second floor of the library. Learn about wind power and potential energy by building a flying helicopter.

7/21 Hemingway and Cuba 6:30 p.m. A presentation by visiting Cuban scholar Victor Pina Tabío. Dr. Victor Pina Tabío has attended numerous International Colloquiums on Ernest Hemingway in Cuba. He will share his passion for this unforgettable American author who called Cuba home for over 20 years.

7/22 Music & Storytelling with Jessica Vang 3 p.m. Come have fun and reinforce emergent reading skills through the music and storytelling of Jessica Vang.

7/28 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.

7/29 Puppetry Discovery 3 p.m. Enjoy the classic story of The Race of the Tortoise and the Hare, followed by an exclusive educational and fun look into the world of puppetry.

Recurring Events

7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22 & 7/29 Library LAB 4:30-6:30 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.

7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30 Crafternoon 2 p.m. Come by E.P. Foster Library to take part in a special craft event for children. Get your craft on in the afternoon!

7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30 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.

7/10, 7/17, 7/24 & 7/31 Lego Play 10:30 a.m. – noon. Building fun at the library! Children of all ages welcome.

7/13 & 7/27 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!

7/14 & 7/28 Lego LAB: Build, Learn, and Play! 3 p.m. New, exciting challenges every meeting. Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Ron Solórzano/Library Technician Ventura County Library System (805) 648-2716


Summer Reading 2015: Stop Summer Slide @ yourLocal 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, 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

Frequently Asked Questions about the Closure of HP Wright Library

Click here for an FAQ 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