Map fans - you're going to love this!

We have another brand new database! A to Z Maps Online has an amazing array of map types, including the following: outline, political, topographic, historic, geological, animal and plant species distribution, climate change, weather, earthquake, NASA, Flags of the World and much more.  

Check it out!


The passing of a giant in American crime fiction

Robert B. Parker, beloved creator of the street-smart Boston private eye Spenser (among others), has died. He was 77.

Fans old and new can find many titles by him in our catalog, articles about him in our literature databases, biography database and on many sites on the web, including the L.A. Times and Wikipedia. He will be missed.

Job seekers - help has arrived!

We have just launched LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator which provides personalized, step-by-step assistance for job seekers at all experience and education levels.

Explore occupations from over 1000 detailed profiles and find available jobs from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings! Create professional resumes and cover letters, learn interviewing and networking techniques, and prepare for occupation related exams.

This is a great supplement to the LearningExpress Library database of skills courses and tests designed to assist everyone from grade school through college and beyond. Give it a try!

Books! Books! Books!

Book pagesOur new site has many more book features! See the Books & Reading link under Special Interests to find:
 * Our library catalog holdings
 * Book Reviews Plus - Links to popular lists as well as feeds from the L.A. Times Book Reviews, Book Blog and New York Times Books
 * Bestseller and Awards Lists - Over 60 lists of literary awards and best sellers
 * Book of the Day - features a new title every day
 * Staff Picks - Ventura County Library staff share some of their favorite titles
 * Authors A to Z - Learn more about your favorite authors

At various spots on our site, you will see images of book covers. Clicking on the cover photo brings up either the list on which the book is featured or a summary/review page about the work. Both have a link so you may check our catalog to see if we own it and/or if it available for you to request.

We hope you find these features inspiring and enlightening. As always, let us know what you think.

[Photo credit: zerok - Creative Commons]

Celebrating Authors

Amy Tan  

We've got more ways than ever for you to learn more about the folks who write the books you love! [Photo is of Amy Tan]

An American Original: Dale Chihuly

I should be embarrassed to admit the first time I saw his work was on the set of TV show "Frasier" and I wasn't impressed by the vase next to Frasier's fireplace. Then I experienced an exhibit at the Seattle Convention Center and saw the installation at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and was well on the way to becoming a fan.

Maybe you will enjoy reading the Wikipedia article about him online, which lists his permanent collections, current & past exhibits along with photos and a bio. Or you might lose some time browsing his website, which includes news, photo and video galleries among many other treats.

We'll leave you with a list of some of our books and videos by or about Dale Chihuly. There is plenty more information about him and other artists to be found in our eLibrary as well. We hope you find the information about this living legend interesting and thought inspiring.

Photo credit: amanderson2 with license from the Creative Commons

We hear you - "My Account" tab

   One of the consistent requests we have heard over the last week was that you liked being able to reach your library account with one click and had trouble finding it in the drop down under Library Catalog. So, we added the menu tab My Account next to the Library Catalog. 

   To make room, we moved the Site Map link down to the left side (under "Special Interests"). Hopefully, these changes make it easier for you to get where you want quickly.

   When you have a moment, why not try some of our new features? Under Books & Reading, see our Library Staff Picks (recommended reading). We hope you find something new to enjoy!

Welcome to Ventura County Library’s re-designed website!

We hope you enjoy the new look, layout and features. Our catalog and eLibrary databases remain unchanged.


Why re-design our webpage? The previous site had been in place for a very long time and had become less flexible than technology now allows. You can see events and articles for your local library, all 13 libraries system-wide (ALL events happening system wide) as well as the Museum of Ventura County. And, you can filter by Kids’ and Teen events or Adult events.


We also now have book list features linking directly into our catalog, links to news feeds from local papers, extra web links and the ability for you to subscribe to newsletters and feeds. Explore and enjoy!


--- Jackie Griffin - Director, Ventura County Library

Finding your way ...

 Confused? Interested? Annoyed? Pleased? We hope you love the new website as you have the old - but we also realize change is painful. We are here to listen and to help you with the new site.

Please feel free to email our Web Librarian, at She wants to hear - not only what you love, but what you are struggling with, what you can't find and what you are confused by. We can't promise change for every problem, but you, our users, have the unique viewpoint we want to accomodate.

Here's an example: having trouble catching the "fly-outs" (those menu items that appear when you mouse over them)? You may want to bookmark our Site Map page as your home page. It is a page of static links to all parts of the webpage. See our FAQ page, in particular the Online Access FAQs for more information.

 Let us know - we look forward to hearing from you!

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