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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

10/1 Housing Rights Workshop 6-8 p.m. The Housing Rights Center, in collaboration with the E.P. Foster Library, will be hosting a FREE Housing Rights Workshop for Ventura residents to discuss housing discrimination and what is illegal under the fair housing laws. The workshop will also present an overview of basic landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities regarding rent increases, evictions, notices, and more.

10/3 Making Software Testing Accessible and Manageable for Small Teams 8-9:30 a.m. Faster releases, fewer bugs, and lower software development costs—things all technology businesses desire but that are essential to startups with limited resources and tight timelines. This event will focus on tools and strategies to achieve these goals, starting with making software testing accessible and manageable for small teams.

10/4 Friends of the Library Book Discussion 10 a.m. – noon. This month's read: The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje. All are welcome to this special event in the Topping Room. 

10/4 Friends of California Condors 5-6 p.m. The Friends of California Condors will discuss these magnificent birds, the threats to their existence, and the steps being taken to keep condors wild and free. Please attend and learn about this stunning creature that resides in our backyard!

10/4 Poetry Reading with Mary Kay Rummel 6:30-10 p.m. Ventura County's Poet Laureate Mary Kay Rummel will read from her book The Lifeline Trembles. The book was the winner of the 2014 Blue Light Book Award.

10/7 Fire Chief Story Time 10:30 a.m. Come listen to Ventura City Fire Chief David Endaya read us his fire stories, and at 11 a.m. Station 1 will be visiting with their truck and dressed in their fire gear!

10/11 Beyond Los Padres National Forest 5-6 p.m. Author, Los Padres hiker, and PCT hiker Diane Soini will present lightweight backpacking techniques and discuss details of her PCT adventures. Bring your questions and notebooks, especially if you are planning a 2015 PCT thru or section hike!

10/13 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!

10/18 CAPS Make a Video Series 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Come learn the basics of how to record and edit a video from start to finish. No reservations are required for this free event.

10/21 make.show.tell. 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.

Download the events calendar here!

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