Library Strategic Plan

Ventura Libraries Community Conversations

2017-08-15 22:22:00 admin

As part of the development of our new strategic direction, the Ventura County Library has been hosting a series of Community Conversations. Each of these facilitated conversations includes questions designed to help us better understand people’s aspirations for their community, the concerns they have, and what they believe might make a difference in strengthening the community.

Conversation Schedule – you are invited!

• Wednesday September 13, 6:00pm in the Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library
• Wednesday September 27, 6:00pm at the Bell Arts Factory
• Thursday October 19, 6:00pm at Jose Flores Community Center

We’ll take what we learn from our dialogue and use it to help make our work in the community more effective. We pledge to get back to you with what we learned and let you know how we’ll use what we heard. Hopefully you’ll be able to join us, but if you can’t make it in person you can also participate online!

These events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Irma Morales (805)256-4414 or (link sends e-mail)

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East Side Library Location Approved

2017-02-28 23:00:31 admin

On December 13, 2016, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved a Lease Agreement for property located on S. Hill Road in Ventura for the Ventura County Library System.  This location will establish a new branch of the Ventura County Library System to be located in the City of Ventura.  A previous study of library operations in the City of Ventura completed in 2012 demonstrated a need for additional library services on the East side of Ventura.

The lease for this property on S. Hill Road came about after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved funding in the amount of $200,000 annually in the adopted budget for Library operations on the east side of Ventura in June 2016.  The Ventura County Library Director looked for a location on the East side of Ventura where existing resources could be used to supplement new resources to operate a new library, and identified a vacant office space of approximately 5,100 sq. ft.

This location was identified as a prime spot because it is on a bus route, has ample parking, is close to the Ventura County Government Center where many people come to do business, is on the East side of Victoria Avenue enabling residents and students who live on the East side to more easily walk to the library, and would allow the Library to take advantage of shared staffing resources.  The close proximity to the Library Services Administration Offices has the benefit of allowing for staffing support from office staff as needed.

Additionally, the space was identified as a prime spot because it is fiscally feasible with the landlord providing needed tenant improvements.  This facility will allow for providing library services, such as children’s early childhood literacy classes, adult literacy tutoring, access to computers and the Internet, and access to library collections, on the East side of Ventura.

Nancy Schram, Ventura County Library Deputy Library Director says, “We are thrilled to get one step closer to providing expanded access to much needed library resources and services on the East side of Ventura.  It is a great example of how we can reach more people and ultimately improve lives and communities with additional support and funding.  Children growing up today on the East side of Ventura will now have a neighborhood library to help them explore, discover and connect with the world.”

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Library Advisory Commission News

2012-09-15 04:23:49 admin

The Commission is forming working committees to implement the first year goals of The Strategic Plan. In addition, committees to explore the future of both the Avenue Library and a library presence in east Ventura are being formed.

If you wish to participate in planning for the future, please email Berta Steele at or Denise Sindelar at We are also planning public meetings to apprise the residents of our progress in meeting our one-year goals and receiving feedback on actions and accomplishments. Watch for announcements and get involved in creating the library of the future for the City of Ventura.



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City Council Meeting May 7 Library Issues

2012-05-17 01:19:01 admin
At its May 7 meeting, the City Council unanimously passed the color palette recommended by the Library Advisory Commission – parchment on the building with historical green as trim. Berta Steele will be working with Jack Schafer, Chair of the Historical Preservation Committee on finalizing the color scheme. Denise Sindelar from the City Staff is working on the specifications for the paint which will then be forwarded to the County who will be responsible for painting the building. Because the money to paint the building is coming from the Inman Trust, which is controlled by the County, the County retains the authority to do the actual painting.
The Council also accepted the proposed Library Strategic Plan on a 5 – 2 vote, with Jim Monahan and Neal Andrews voting against. Mr. Andrews would like to opt out of the County Library System and have the City run its own library system. At the suggestion of several Council members, evaluation criteria and methods of measuring outcomes will become a part of the implementation of the Strategic Plan. There was much interest in an East Ventura library presence and that will be a priority for the working group which will be appointed to implement the Plan. The County Library System is very cooperative and has already implemented or is in the process of implementing recommendations in the Plan.
 The County Library Foundation is exploring funding sources for a Bookmobile which could be in operation before the end of the year. This is a stop-gap measure for East Ventura, but, at the least, there will be some library presence until a more permanent location can be established. Any permanent location will mean identifying sources of funding outside the City budget. This will be the focus of future community outreach efforts.
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East Side Community Council Discusses Library Services

2012-05-15 00:40:48 admin

The East Ventura Community Council represents areas of Ventura east of Victoria Avenue.  At their meeting this Thursday, the issue of library services for the east side of the city will be discussed. Other topics to be considered at this meeting are new developments and emergency preparedness training.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 647-5422.

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