Ojai Library

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Ojai Library
111 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-1639

Mary Lynch
City Librarian


Julie Albright
Children's Librarian



Mon - Thurs     10 - 8

Fri - Sun          12 - 5 


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Programs & Special Events - Ojai Valley Library Event Calendar


   Polar Bears od Churchill  Pets! Pets! Pets!  CrafterNoon
   Prof. Tommy Dickey
March 21, 2015 at 2 P.M. 
Humane Society of Ventura County
Pets! Pets! Pets!
March 28 2 P.M.
 Starting in March
Second Friday , 2 P.M.
  First Saturday Talks with Ian James  Faerie Tale Theater homework center
   First Saturday Talks 
First Saturday, 2 P.M.
click for more info: 
March April May
   Starting in March
Fairie Tale Theater
Third Tuesday , 2 P.M.


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homework centers hours.

  Ukulele Club knitting club and fibers arts  story time
  Ukulele Club
Wednesdays, 6-7 P.M.

Knitting and
Fiber Arts Club
Mondays, 6:30pm

 Toddler &  Preschool
Wednesdays, 10:30am
  ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP writer's group teens teach tech

Adult Book 
Discussion Group

First Wednesday of 
each month 7:30pm

Writer's Workshop 
Meets Thursdays,
5:30 to 8 pm  

Teens Teach Tech.  
2nd Saturday of
he month, 1-3 pm


Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Avenue. View map


  • Learn how to get a library card, borrow a book and more: see our FAQ page.
  • Access the library catalog from home.
  • Library staff will answer your research questions.
  • If a book you want is not available at your local library, it can be be ordered from other libraries.
  • Telephone questions will be answered during open hours. Call (805) 646-1639.
  • Eight Internet computers are available for public use. Computers are filtered for use by customers under 18.
  • A self-serve copy machine and microfilm/microfiche reader/printer are available. Copies are ten cents each.
  • Book Drops: there are two book drops, one at the curb and one closer to the library.

Volunteer Opportunities

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  • Ojai Valley Library Friends and Foundation:  The OVLFF is a non-profit organization dedicated to extending and enhancing public library services throughout the Ojai Valley. OVLFF operates the Twice-Sold Tales Bookstore near the Ojai Library, sponsors children's and adult programs, provides a courier service for shut-ins, holds a yearly used book sale, and sponsors the SchooLinks homework centers at Ojai, Meiners Oaks, and Oak View Libraries. 

OVLFF seeks to build public-private partnerships to expand opportunities for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Board meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, at the Ojai Library. For additional information, call (805) 289-0368 or visit the Friends page. 

  • "Twice-Sold Tales" Bookstore at 122 E. Ojai Ave.Hours are 12 noon to 5 pm seven days a week 
  • Volunteers are needed (call the Library for more information) to assist in the Homework Center 
  • Volunteers are needed for the Adult Literacy Program. For more information click here

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  • Ojai Library keeps one week of the Ventura County Star, the Los Angeles Times, and two weeks of the Wall Street Journal. The Ojai Valley News is archived on microfilm from 1891 to the present.
  • In addition to the book, magazine and newspaper collections, the Library has music CDs, DVDs, puppets and audiobooks.


The George Thacher Memorial Library was opened in August of 1893 on Montgomery Street. In April of 1928 the library was moved to the building at the present location of 111 E. Ojai Ave. The building of 2,357 square feet was designed in the mission style by architect Carleton Winslow.  The grounds were landscaped by the Ojai Valley Garden Club. 

The library became the Ojai branch of the Ventura County Free Library in March of 1958. Max, an orange tabby moved into the library in 1976. His night time home was the bookdrop outside the library.

Proposition 13 was passed in 1978 which seriously diminished library funding. The Ojai Valley Friends of the Library was formed to raise money for the 3 libraries in Ojai Valley.

In June of 1981, an addition was completed that doubled the size of the building and the original building was renovated. The grounds were renovated also, once again, by the Ojai Valley Garden Club.

In 2009, work began to add a meeting room to the Ojai Library. Architectural plans by Jon Dieges have been completed, construction should begin soon.  

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