Library Services

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Computers & Wi-Fi

Ontario City Library locations have computer workstations with a variety of computer-based tools including internet access for free use. To use library computer workstations a library card in good standing is required. Public Wi-Fi is also available for use with personal devices.

  • Prints and copies are available with a library card.
    • Black & white – 15¢ per page
    • Color – 50¢ per page
  • A fax can be done with cash or coin.
    • 15¢ per page
  • Scans are available to email or flash drive at no charge.
Interlibrary Loan

Ontario City Library is proud to offer interlibrary loan service. If there is specific material not available at either location, library staff can request the material from another library within the United States. If another library is found that allows interlibrary loan services of the material in question, it can be mailed to Ontario City Library for patron checkout. There is a $2.00 fee per borrowed material that will be due when the material is picked up. The patron placing the request for the interlibrary loan service is responsible for the $2.00 fee, regardless of whether it is picked up. Shipping times will vary depending upon material requested and lending library location. Requests can be made through the public library catalog or by visiting a reference desk.

Services to Children

Ontario City Library’s services to children include a wide range of programs and services for the whole family. The children’s library material collections are in English and Spanish and contain print materials and media for children through eighth grade and materials for parents and caregivers on child development and parenting.

Students looking for book recommendations or in search of books according to their grade level can fill out this form! Charlie the Bat will email a list of book recommendations to the student or place a bundle of books on hold for pick up at Ovitt Family Community Library or Lewis Family Branch.

Programs include:

  • Story times
  • Family events
  • Reading challenges
  • Special events

Ontario City Library is dedicated to assisting our community’s educators and students. Please use this online form to schedule a librarian visit. For more information, please contact the Children's Reference Desk at the Ovitt Family Community Library at (909) 395-2207 or the Lewis Family Branch Information Desk at (909) 395-2256.

Teen Services

Ontario City Library Young Adult Services provides teens a space to grow and socialize while fostering a love of reading and learning.

  • Ontario City Library believes teens should have their own library space to read, learn and interact.
  • Ontario City Library provides current, relevant, trending and interesting materials for young adult audiences.
  • Ontario City Library provides a forum for social networking and encourages a unique community of dedicated teen library users.
  • Ontario City Library provides professional services and programs to assist teens in achieving their recreational, educational and career-oriented goals.
  • Ontario City Library respects the needs and expectations of teens and values their opinions and identity.

Teen Library Board/Volunteens 
Community service opportunities are available in two ways: as a member on the Teen Library Board or as a volunteen (teen volunteer). For more information, please contact Teen Alley at the Ovitt Family Community Library at (909) 395-2228 or the Lewis Family Branch at (909) 395-2272.

Adult Literacy

The Ontario City Library Adult Literacy Program, Liftoff to Literacy provides one-to-one tutoring for adults ages 18+.  Adult learners seeking to improve their literacy skills will be paired with a volunteer tutor and provided with learning materials to help them reach their reading goals at their own pace. Liftoff to Literacy accepts adult learners and tutoring volunteers. Orientation, training and materials are provided.

Did you know?

  • A higher level of literacy builds self-esteem.
  • Higher literacy levels improve the overall quality of life.
  • Adults who read more can positively impact their children’s schoolwork.
  • Adults who participate in adult literacy education experience higher rates of employment.
  • Higher levels of literacy in adults can increase voter participation and result in higher rates of citizenship among immigrants.

To participate in the program as either a learner or a volunteer tutor, please call the Ovitt Family Community Library's Adult Reference Desk at (909) 395-2205 or email [email protected]

Model Colony History Room

Robert E. Ellingwood Model Colony History Room Est. 1970
Collections highlighting the history of Ontario and the western region of San Bernardino County.

Attention local history seekers! Visit the Model Colony History Room on the lower level of the Ovitt Family Community Library. You will find books, newspaper articles, brochures, booklets, photographs, maps and more!

Plan a visit.

  • Are you a student assigned to research a local person, place, or thing? There is library staff that can help you.
  • Want to find pictures of your old classmates, friends, or relatives? There are high school yearbooks for Chaffey, Ontario, and Colony high schools! There are even some from neighboring high schools. Call us to see if we have the yearbook you’re looking for.
  • Looking for information on a local ancestor, an old business, or your historic Ontario house? The Model Colony History Room might have something in its collections. Come in and take a look at our Master Biography File, city directories, building survey collection, or newspaper index (available online). 

Can’t visit us in person? Explore local history online.

  • Staff are continuously digitizing photos, building surveys, and more to create the Ontario Treasures portal. This is a work in progress, check back often to see what’s new.  
  • Watch videos, listen to interviews, and look at images from the Model Colony History Room on the Internet Archive
  • Southern California development is rooted in the water supply. Find documents related to area water history in The Claremont Colleges Libraries CLIRWater-California Water Documents Collection. Digitized documents from the Model Colony History Room and several other libraries, universities, and the National Archives are available. 

Donations
Do you have stuff piling up in your attic, basement or garage? Did you inherit local area photographs and other items from family that you don’t know what to do with? Want to lighten your load while helping to preserve our local history? Donate it!

The Model Colony History Room accepts donations of Ontario-related materials such as:

  • Photographs of Ontario and the surrounding area
  • Yearbooks for local schools
  • Maps and aerial photos of the local area
  • Books and audiovisual materials
    • written by local authors
    • set in the area
    • about Ontario and the vicinity, and local business, industry, agriculture, or culture
  • Records from local businesses, families, clubs and organizations
  • Historical ephemera items such as brochures, pamphlets, programs, menus, or catalogs related to Ontario and the surrounding area
  • Written genealogies/histories for local area families

Finding Aids
What's a finding aid you ask? It's a written inventory of a specific collection. The Model Colony History Room has several collections donated by individuals, families, and businesses. Some of these collections include Armstrong Nurseries, General Electric Ontario Hotpoint Works, Ontario Motor Speedway, and more. Browse the finding aids below. Please contact (909) 395-2206 or [email protected] at least one day in advance to plan a visit to view these collections. In your request provide the name of the collection and which box number you want to view for your research. Staff can retrieve 4 boxes at a time. Items in these collections are fragile and special handling is required. 

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Workforce Development

The Ontario City Library Workforce Development Office is in the lower level of the Ovitt Family Community Library. Workforce Development assists San Bernardino County residents with advancing their careers and helps them become more marketable. 

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm

Workforce Development provides the following resources:

  • Career assessments
  • Career coaching and mentoring
  • Community resources and referrals
  • Individual employment counseling
  • On the job and vocational training as determined by an individual assessment
  • Personalized career planning
  • Professional development workshops such as: resume building, successful interview techniques, contemporary job search strategies, how to get a government job and more

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Workforce Development Specilist - Tamika Tonge, MPH, NCPI at (909) 395-2497 or [email protected].

San Bernardino County Workforce Development is in collaboration with the Transformative Climate Communities Grant in building stronger and economically viable communities.

Ontario on the Go

The Ontario on the Go program provides positive, educational and exciting activities to select locations in the community. The mobile unit promotes programs designed by the Community Life & Culture Agency through the Ontario City Library, the Ontario Museum of History & Art and the Recreation & Community Services Department.

Ontario on the Go is on the road for afternoons of fun, games and activities!

Schedule
Mondays at Vineyard Park from 3 PM – 6 PM (1400 E. Sixth St.)
Tuesdays at Sam Alba Memorial Park from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM (401 E. Sunkist St.)
Wednesdays at James R. Bryant Park from 3 PM – 6 PM (648 W. D St.)
Thursdays at John Galvin Park from 3 PM – 6 PM (1072 N. Grove Ave.)

For more information, please contact the Children’s Reference Desk at the Ovitt Family Community Library at (909) 395-2207.

Meeting Room Rental

The Ovitt Family Community Library and Lewis Family Branch have meeting rooms available at a fee for use by community groups or organizations whose aims are educational, cultural, or civic betterment. There are no rental fees for activities organized or sponsored by the City of Ontario or Ontario collaborative agencies. Pending Library Director approval, Ontario nonprofit groups may be exempt.

The primary purpose of library meeting rooms is to provide space for library-sponsored educational and cultural activities. A secondary use is to support the operations of the City of Ontario, schools serving Ontario, and governmental agencies partnering with Ontario.

To learn more about library meeting room use, please review the Meeting Room Policy and Application Form. For more information, please email [email protected].

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