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

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

Below is a list of E.P. Foster Library’s planned events for the upcoming month, which can also be found on the E.P. Foster Library location page.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Library Technician Ron Solórzano at 805-648-2716 or visit Thank you for your help spreading the word about these events.

Ongoing Events for Adults
Library LAB Open Workshop – Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Poetry Open Mic Night – Thursdays at 7:30 in the Topping Room
Ukulele Jam Session- 2nd and 4th Monday at 7 pm in the Topping Room

Ongoing Events for Children & Teens
Early Literacy Class – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:30 to 11:30
PAWS for Reading (kids read to dogs) – Saturdays at noon
Lego Lab- September 1st, 15th, & 29th at 3 pm
Library LAB Open Workshop – Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 pm
Homework Center for kids and teens – Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5 pm
Youth Chess Club – Mondays 3-5
TAG (Teen Advisory Group) -- 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 4-5 pm

E.P. Foster Library and CSU Channel Islands present Lectures from 5 to 7 p.m.

Elizabeth R. Topping Room - click here for flyer
All events are free and open to the public; free parking is available behind the library.
For more information, visit, or call the library at (805) 648-2716.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Dr. Colleen Nevins

Good, Bad, or Otherwise: Reliable Healthcare Internet Resources for Healthcare Information
Accessible and easy to use, the internet is a popular source for information on various healthcare topics. This presentation will discuss guidelines for how to determine if a website is current, reliable, and valid; give examples of good and questionable healthcare websites; and provide a list of reliable healthcare websites for the public.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Dr. Don Rodriguez
The Growing Importance of Protected Areas to Urban Communities

Protected areas are connected to urban areas in many ways. This talk will identify unique situations in California where protected area managers have brought communities, civil society, governments, and investors together to produce unique partnerships that create a new management model for the 21st century.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Dr. Jacob Jenkins
Learning to Lead

There are few skills in life more important than the ability to lead others. This talk explores what it means to be an effective leader in the world today by outlining five specific leadership styles, techniques for developing leadership skills, and the role and importance of leadership in our everyday lives.

Ventura Friends of the Library

Ventura Friends of the Library (VFOL) is an all-volunteer group, working to help Ventura's libraries serve the public need for knowledge and opportunity. For information regarding VFOL, 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.

The Ventura Friends of the Library are sponsoring a poster contest for the City of Ventura's 150th Anniversary Celebration, April 2, 2016.

This contest is open to all youth, ages 6-18, who live or go to school in the City of Ventura. This is a great opportunity for you to use your imagination and highlight the special places and things our city has to offer.

If you like to draw, paint, collage or do some other type of 2 dimensional artwork this is for you! If you have a child or student who is artistically gifted, encourage them to work on a poster image.

Poster entries can be turned in at Avenue, Saticoy, and E.P. Foster Libraries.

The library will accept submissions September 8th - October 16th at 5:00 p.m

Upcoming Booksales

The SBFOL hosts used book sales in fall 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

More information regarding library issues is available at

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