Ventura Public Library 

 

Ventura Public Library

7 West Ventura Street
Ventura, IA 50482

Phone: 641-829-4410
Fax: 641-829-4410

 


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Monday:   11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday:  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday:   1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Noon)

Collection:

Adult fiction and non-fiction, contemporary, classics and best sellers
Large print books,
Jr. and children’s books
Magazines, newspapers, reference material
Books on audio tapes and CD’s
VHS and DVD

Computers in the libraryServices Available:

Interlibrary loan
3 high speed Internet computers for public use
Fax, copier and scanner
EBSCOhost
Summer reading program for children
Meeting room available for public rental

History

The library was started in 1968 in the building known as the Beerman Store, which was shared with the post office. The library was open 19 hours a week, open every day except Sunday. The board agreed that no "quiet" sign would be hung, since the library was to be a comfortable & welcoming place for people to visit. At the end of the first year, 5,885 books had been circulated to the 385 registered borrowers. Library cards with numbers were first assigned in 1980 to assure privacy for all borrowers. By 1981, Ventura began to participate in an Interlibrary Loan program through the State Library & Regional Libraries cooperation, allowing books to be borrowed from other Iowa Libraries for the use of Ventura patrons, as well as loaning our books out to other towns.

Meeting roomIn 1985, our first computer was purchased with the help of a grant from Kinney-Lindstrom Foundation. In 1989, the library had completed it's collection for the computer database for the Iowa Locator (now know as SILO on the Internet). Since 1986, all Library Directors have been certified by the State of Iowa. The Library has met & maintained the standards set forth by the State & has been Accredited by the State Library of Iowa since 1992. (not an easy thing to accomplish for most small towns in Iowa!)

A New library building was built on the original site in March of 1992. The library was temporarily relocated to the basement of the United Methodist Church until December of 1992, with the help of many volunteers, moved into the new building & had the Grand Opening on December 5, 1992.

The Ventura Talent Contest began in 1991 as both a fund-raiser for the new building & also as part of the sister city celebration with Ventura, California. The winner of the Contest was flown to Ventura, CA, as a representative of our North Iowa talent, and to participate in their Talent Show, too.

meeting roomVideos were added to the collection in 1994, ranging in how-to, educational, & popular family videos.

The Library was connected to the Internet in January 1997, for both staff & patron use. In 2001, completion of the libraries collection was changed from the card catalog to the "On-Line Catalog" Computer. We now have five computers in the library; three computers hooked up to the Internet for public use, and two for games and school reports.

Links

Contact Us | Ventura web site


Ventura Public Library   *   7 West Ventura Street   *   Ventura, IA 50482