E. P. Foster Library

Detail: E.P. Foster Library "Matrix" by Sally Weber

E.P. Foster Library in Historic Downtown Ventura
651 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 648-2716

 Sara Roberts, Senior City Librarian





Mon - Thurs 10 - 8

Fri & Sat 10 - 5

Sunday 1-5


Programs & Special Events - Ventura Libraries' Event Calendar

Children's Librarian - Star Soto, star.soto@ventura.org

Children's Programs: 

Upcoming Events: 

Teen Programs:

 For more information on children's & een programs, please contact :Star or Jane @  (805) 648-2716



Librarian - Laurie Dunning, laurie.dunning@ventura.org


  • Book Club Packs - Check out 8 copies of a single title for one month.
  • Computer Classes -  NEW Online form to set up a time for computer help.
  • CSUCI Speaker Series - professors from CSU Channel Islands share their knowledge with our community. 
  • make! A Makerspace that meets every Tuesday. 
  • Open Mic Night - Every Thursday except the fourth Thursday of the month, a group of writers meet at 7:30 in the Topping Room to share their work. 
  • Teens Teaching Tech Need help with today's new technology? Stop by the library on the third Saturday of the month from 10 - noon.
  • Ukulele Jam Sessions - every 2nd and 4th Monday from 7-10 p.m.
  • Veterans Resource Center - Now open!

Upcoming Events:

4/27 The Sweetest Sounds: The Music of Richard Rodgers 2 p.m.

4/30 Read me a story & more 6-8 p.m.

5/3 Friends of the Library book group 10-noon The Passage of Power

5/5 Fit to a T 5-7 p.m.


Provide books, DVDs, music and more:

  • How to get a library card, borrow a book and more.
  • Search for stuff from home.
  • If a book is not available, it can be be ordered from other libraries

Room rental:

  • Two meeting rooms are available for public use: the Elizabeth R. Topping Room has a maximum capacity of 132 people and can be rented for $25.00; the Rentfrow Room has a capacity of eight persons and there is no charge. In order to rent the Topping Room please follow these steps:

          1. Read the Rental Agreement

          2. Check the calendar to see if your desired date is available (click on the event to view time range)

         3. Fill out the online form with as much detail as possible


  • Wi-Fi service is available.
  • Twenty-six computers are available on the first floor for public Internet use by adults. The eight computers on the 2nd floor are for public Internet use by young people. Coin-op printers are available on each floor at a cost of ten cents per printed page.
  • A library card is required to log in to the computers. The public is allowed one hour a day on the computer. If all computers are in use, reservations can be made. Computers automatically shut down 15 minutes before closing time. 


  • Self-serve copy machines, microfilm and microfiche reader/printers are available. Copies are ten cents each.
  • The San Buenaventura Friends of the Library Bookstore features used books for sale to benefit Ventura Libraries. Open Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Book Drops: there are two book drops at E.P. Foster Library - one is at the bottom of the driveway/alley near Main Street and the second is near the second floor entrance.


Volunteer Opportunities

SBFOL needs volunteers to help with used book sales, courier service for shut-ins, sponsorship of children's programs, and rental book and video programs.

We accept books, cassette and movie tapes, LPs, and CDs. If it is more convenient, we can arrange to pick up your donations at your home. Please call 805-648-5600 for information. Your gift is tax deductible and we will provide you with a receipt. Sorry - we cannot use Reader's Digest books. Volunteers are often needed for shelving, clerical duties and special projects. Call the Library at (805) 648-2716 for more information.  

  • The Friends of the Library are conducting a membership drive. Your membership dues enrich the community's libraries by supplementing books, programs, and capital improvements. Your support stays in the Ventura community.

  • Volunteers are needed for Adult Literacy Program. For more information click here.


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  •  E. P. Foster Library is located at 651 East Main Street, between Fir and Chestnut Streets in downtown Ventura.
    • From the south: take the 101 freeway north and exit at California Street. Stay in center lane marked California Street north. Travel two blocks toward the mountains. Turn right on Main Street. Travel one block to Chestnut and turn left. Library parking lot is on the right two-thirds of the way up the block.

    • From the north: take the 101 freeway south and exit at Ventura Avenue. Turn right on Thompson Boulevard. Travel four blocks and turn left on Chestnut. Travel two blocks across Main Street to the library parking lot on the right two-thirds of the way up the block. View map.

  • Closest bus stop is Main and Chestnut Streets.

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