As an instructional component of Ventura College, the Library serves a student population of 10,500, 625 faculty and is open to the community. In support of our academic curriculum, the library holds within its collection 63,529 book volumes, 341 periodical titles, and 142 microfilm titles. It also provides access to several online databases, many of which are updated daily, in full-text and abstract format. The databases provide access to approximately 2500 general periodicals and newspapers; 1200 leading nursing and health journals; 237 popular and professional general science journals; 200 ethnic, minority and native press publications; biographies for over 900,000 individuals; bibliographies and critical analysis of more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers with in-depth coverage of 2500 of the most studied authors; and book summaries and reviews for more than 700,000 books. Students, faculty and staff of Ventura College have online access to these databases via MyVCCCD. Community patrons are allowed access to these databases on campus in the Library.
The Library functions as a resource laboratory for classes working on term papers, speeches, and a vast number of other classroom research assignments. It also serves as a study area for students before and after classes. The Library functions as a teaching facility, as the Librarians instruct students and community patrons on the use of the library and its resources. Instructors also use the facility for assigning outside reading and as a classroom when conducting “hands on” instruction on research assignments.