Ventura County Library Opens New Location on Hill Road in Ventura on December 3rd

On December 3, 2017, a new branch of the Ventura County Library is opening on Hill Road across from the Ventura County Government Center. The 5,100 square foot facility is ideally suited for library services on the east side of Ventura. Hill Road Library is within walking distance of several schools and residential areas, is conveniently located on a bus route, and will provide a well-lit parking lot.

Hill Road Library will feature traditional library hours and services such as adult literacy tutoring, early childhood literacy classes, training classes, and a collection of print materials. The Hill Road Library will also make use of technology to expand services, including laptop computers available for check-out for use in the library and high speed internet access. Makerspace equipment like a 3D printer and desktop CNC carver machine will also be featured.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved ongoing funds in the amount of $250,000 to operate the new library, while the City of Ventura approved $50,000 annually that will allow for an additional 16 open hours per week.  The City also provided $25,000 for one-time capital expenditures.  The Ventura Friends of the Library raised and contributed $200,000, much of which came from used book sales to local residents. 

Come see the new library for yourself at the grand opening event: Sunday, December 3rd from 12 noon to 2pm.  Don’t miss the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 12:30pm!  Enjoy BBQ compliments of the Ventura Downtown Lions Club and music from Rubicon Harmonix.

The Hill Road Library is located at 1050 Hill Road in Ventura. Beginning December 3, 2017, hours of service are Monday through Wednesdays, 10am to 6pm; Thursdays, 2pm to 6pm; Fridays through Sundays, 10am to 2pm.

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.

Ventura County Library Offers Free Online Tool for Local Authors

Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, or children's book in eBook and print-ready formats? Ventura County Library now has Pressbooks, an easy online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in popular publication formats.

Combined with other aspects of BiblioBoard Digital Library, our newest online resource, local authors now have free access to the following tools for local publication:

PressBooks: An easy-to-use online tool for authors, allowing you to create professional, print ready, quality versions of your books, memoirs, or poetry collections in ePUB, MOBI, and PDF formats.

SELF-e: An innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard enabling authors and libraries to work together to share self-published ebooks to eager readers looking to discover something new.

Indie California: great reads in all genres from local authors. Start reading today to find your next favorite book! 

BiblioBoard’s mobile apps available free from Apple App Store and Google Play.
Find PressBooks under BiblioBoard in the Ventura County eLibrary at www.vencolibrary.org/library-collection/biblioboard.

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org

Ventura County Library System Launches "Career Cruising" Exploration Program

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Ventura County Library cardholders can now access Career Cruising, a bilingual (English and Spanish language) career exploration and research program for all ages. Available now, Career Cruising provides age-appropriate career development, assessments, planners and other resources to assist users to achieve their full potential in school, career and life.

Your Ventura County Library card is all you need to create a personal account (My Plan) and complete interest and skills assessments resulting in a personalized list of career matches. With your personal My Plan account, you can find careers, schools, and majors of interest to you, create a resume and prepare a personal career and life plan.

If you don't have a library card, get one at any of our Ventura County Library locations. Visit vencolibrary.org to find a library near you.

Ventura County eLibrary's Career & Jobs online resources include:

  • Career Cruising
  • Career Transitions
  • LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator
  • LearningExpress Library of practice tests and skills courses

Ventura County Library System: Inspiring our community to explore, discover and connect.

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.