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

E.P. Foster Library – January Events

Click here for 2 page flyer of events below

Ongoing Events

Poetry Open Mic Night January 28 Thursdays 7:30-9pm
On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to share their work.

Children’s Events

Homework Center January  28 Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5pm\
Homework Helpers will be available to help students in grades K through 12 with their homework assignments.

Paws for Reading January 30 Saturdays noon- 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required).

E.P. Foster Library – February Events

Click here for a two-page PDF of the events below
Just added events are  in bold

Adult Programs & Special Events

Adult Coloring Book Break
February 3, 10, 17, 24 @ 12pm
Join us in the library for some stress relieving coloring. Coloring sheets and pencils provided. Available from 12pm to 2pm so stop by for a minute or ten!

Poetry Out Loud County Competition
2/3 @ 3 pm
High school students from across Ventura County will recite poetry in the hopes of moving on to regional, state, and national contests.

Forgotten Foster Park
2/3 @ 6:30 pm
Come hear local author, Gwen Alfares, talk about her book, Forgotten Foster Park.  Foster Park was a small rural community that existed along Highway 33 from the 1920s to the 1960s and hosted such music greats as Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Between Two Rivers- Poetry Documentary
2/6 @ 3 pm
SOLO Press just celebrated 50 years of publishing. This film celebrates Glenna Luschei, found of the small, woman run poetry press.

Assemblage Workshop - click here for flyer
2/10 @ 6pm
Local Artist Ron Smith will conduct an Assemblage workshop. If you loved collages you won’t want to miss this fun craft night. Some supplies will be provided.
You are welcome to bring your own supplies as well as curious and peculiar curios for art construction.

Valentine to Ventura - click for PDF flyer
Poetry Writing Workshop
2/13 @ 3 pm
Special 150th anniversary event. Beginning to expert poets aged 13 and up are welcome to attend and compose a Valentine to Ventura.

California Native Plant Society Speaker Series
February 16 @ 7 pm
Scott Tomkinson will speak about Restoration vs. Nature

Opera Santa Barbara
February 19 @ 12pm
Opera Santa Barbara will present a series of Free Noontime Concerts at the Ventura Public Library on the Third Friday of February, March, & April 2016. The concerts will feature members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program, a residential training program for accomplished young singers. These concerts are offered FREE to the public, and will feature a diverse repertoire of popular and lesser-known operatic offerings, all accompanied by piano.
All concerts will be held at the Ventura Public Library.
Concert dates are: February 19, March 18 and April 15.
For more information, call the Ventura Public Library at 805-648-2716

Meditation and Inspirational Books - click here for flyer
2/20 @ 12 pm
Join us for an afternoon of meditation and inspirational books. John Landa will discuss the books that guided him to the path he is now on. In addition to the discussion there will be a tranquil meditation session.

Ongoing Events
Library LAB Open Workshop
2/10 & 2/24 4:30-6:30 pm
Come by the library on alternating 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.

Poetry Open Mic Night
2/4, 11, 18, 25 Thursdays 7:30-9 pm
On these Thursday nights, come join this group of writers as they meet in the Topping Room to share their work.

Ukulele Jam Session
2/8 & 22 Mondays 7-10 pm
Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Children’s Events
Early Literacy Class                                                                                                                             
2/2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24                                                                                               
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10:30am                                                                                                             A great way to introduce your child to early literacy and the library. Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!

Homework Center                                                                                                                                  
2/2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25                                                                                                 
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5pm Homework Helpers will be available to help students in grades K through 12 with their homework assignments.

Paws for Reading                                                                                                                                  
2/6, 13, 20, & 27 Saturdays noon- 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required).

Teen Happenings
TAG Teen Advisory Group
2/3 & 17 Wednesdays 4 pm
Active members will get credit towards School Community Services Hours. TAG meetings are in the Young Adult area on the 2nd floor.

Youth Chess Club
2/1, 8, 22, & 29 Mondays 3 pm
Learn to play chess or improve your current ability! Assisted by Class A tournament player Jack Cashman.

Special Events

2/9 & 23 Tuesdays 3-5 pm
Building fun at the library! Makerspace event.

Lego LAB: Build, Learn, and Play!
2/2 & 16 Tuesdays 3 pm
2/6 Saturday 10 am
Exciting challenges every meeting. Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Dynamic Dinosaurs
2/10 Wednesday 4 pm
Become a paleontologist by examining museum quality replicas of real dinosaur fossils!  Understand the concept of extinction, meet & touch our living dinosaurs…lizards!

Valentine’s Day Crafternoon
2/11 Thursday 3 pm
A craft in the afternoon themed to Valentine’s Day.

Dance Party!
2/12 & 18 Friday and Thursday 10-11 am
Enjoy non-stop music and movement for children ages 2-5 and their grownups in the Topping Room!

2/27 Saturday 10 am
The mini-comic festival in Downtown Ventura.

Holidays in February
We will be closed: Monday, February 15th in observance of President’s Day

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.

Upcoming Booksales

 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 alternate fourth Tuesday at 5:30 pm (January, March, May, July, September, and November) in the Santa Cruz Conference Room.

  • Chair - Patrick C. Squires
  • Vice Chair - Debbie Giles
  • Commissioner Ron D'Incau
  • Commissioner Paul Feldman
  • 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

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