Programs, Services & Annual Events


What is KinderGO?

KinderGo is a program designed to enhance educational awareness through city-wide library card distribution to Ontario’s kindergarten students. This program gives kindergarten students and families a personal invite to the library to ensure they are introduced to the services offered to them at the start of their child’s educational experience.

Who does it serve?

KinderGO serves Kindergarten aged students and families. During KinderGO, city staff visit classrooms to share a fun read-aloud story and provide students with a KinderGO bag, wallet and library card. 


Ontario City library staff, as well as other departmental staff, visit each kindergarten classroom in the City of Ontario. Visits are coordinated within 4 different districts in the city: Ontario Montclair School District, Mountain View School District, Cucamonga School District, and Chino Valley Unified School District.

Vital Stats?

Over the past four years (2015-2018), over 170 city staff have participated in this educational awareness effort. We have visited 25 different school sites, and over 257 individual classrooms. A total of 8,693 students have received KinderGO library cards, wallets, and bags.




Lightspeed, the Ontario City Library’s community makerspace, is proud to offer two locations to serve your needs.  Lightspeed is available at both the Ovitt Family Community Library and the Lewis Family Branch.  Both locations provide dedicated equipment and software to create digital media projects, 3D prints, laser cutting and etching, CNC carving, sewing crafts, robotics, electronics, and virtual reality. 


Lightspeed provides free access to high tech equipment and knowledgeable staff.   Lightspeed can be used by adult customers and high school students. Youth who are not in high school can use Lightspeed with a parent or guardian present.   Ontario City Library card is required.

Lightspeed Hours:

Ovitt Family Community Library

Monday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm 
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed


Lewis Family Branch

Monday: closed

Tuesday: closed

Wednesday: 5:30-7:30 pm second Wednesday of the month

Thursday: closed

Friday: 3:30-5:30 pm third Friday of the month

Saturday: closed

Sunday: closed


Lightspeed Equipment

3D Printers

            HP Sprout Pro++

            LulzBot Taz 6++

            LulzBot Mini **

CNC Carving:



            Harry Potter Coding Wands**

Electronics and Circuits:

            Snap Circuits++


            Raspberry Pi++


Graphic Design

            Microsoft Surface Studio++

            iMac ++

Laser Cutter:

            Boss Laser LS-1630++


            PlayStation 4++

            Minecraft Legos++


            Ozobots ^^

            Cosmos ++


            Cricut ^^


            Janome sewing machine++

            Brother Embroidery machine ^^

            Brother Serger ++

Virtual Reality:

            Oculus Rift++

            Oculus Go^^

            HTC Vive ++

            Microsoft HoloLens ++



Ovitt Family Community Library

215 E C Street

Ontario, CA 91764



Lewis Family Branch

3850 E. Riverside Drive

Ontario, CA  91762



For Lightspeed workshops and programs, please visit the Library Calendar.

Would you like to volunteer in Lightspeed? Contact the Library!

Little Learners, Big Futures


Little Learners, Big Futures

Little Learners, Big Futures is an initiative that brings library staff to high-traffic neighborhood areas to provide services and resources to families with young children. This initiative is the next step in the City’s efforts to support early childhood learning and education allowing staff to move beyond traditional library or community center walls and meet community members in their own neighborhoods.

The initiative brings, Raising Little Learners - programs that support parents and caregivers as their child’s first teacher providing exposure to early childhood learning activities, expert led sessions and raises early childhood development and school readiness awareness in the community. It also provides Neighborhood Book Nooks that bring books to conveniently located partner locations in the city.

The Ontario City Library is excited for the opportunity to expand services to the youngest community members in Ontario. Funding is received from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. For more information about Little Learners, Big Futures, contact Daisy Flores, Youth Services Supervising Librarian at (909) 395-2293 or at [email protected].

Raising Little Learners

Raising Little Learners are programs offered to parents, caregivers and young children as a part of Ontario City Library’s Little Learners, Big Futures initiative. Through these programs attendees can make new friends, build relationships within their community and participate in activities that give them tools to support them as their child’s first teacher.

What does this look like?

It’s a time led by library staff where attendees:

  • Share books that teach them and their child early literacy skills through stories, songs, games and art projects.  
  • Have opportunities to participate in hands-on activities that introduce children to the world around them through experiments and exploration.
  • Hear from experts that can increase awareness of early childhood development and school readiness. 

Raising Little Learners will nurture a child’s curiosity and growth while also developing physical, cognitive and social-emotional skills. These programs are free and open to the public.

Raising Little Learners begin in February 2020 at the following locations:

Mondays – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Ontario Family Resource Center

1556 S. Sultana Ave.

Ontario, CA 91761

Wednesdays – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Project Access in Terracina Apartments

2800 E. Riverside Drive

Ontario, CA 91761


Neighborhood Book Nooks

Neighborhood Book Nooks are coming soon!

Neighborhood Book Nooks bring books to the community through our partner locations. They are shelves filled with library books that can be borrowed and returned through the honor system. No library card is required! Books can be borrowed and returned when borrowers are done reading them. Book collections include children’s board books, picture books, chapter books and parenting books. Books in Spanish included.

Little Learners, Big Futures is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum of Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
Local 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 basement floor of the Ovitt Family Community Library. Here you’ll find books, newspaper articles, brochures, booklets, photographs, maps, and more!


Are you a student assigned to research a local person, place, or thing? Try the Model Colony History Room. There are librarians on staff who can help you. It’s so better than Google!


Want to find pictures of your old classmates, friends, or relatives? We have high school yearbooks for Chaffey, Ontario, and Colony high schools! We have a few from neighboring high schools too. 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? We just might have something in the 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!


We’re hard at work digitizing photos, building surveys, and more to create the Ontario Treasures portal. This is a work in progress so 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. 


Have a question? Email us or call us at (909) 395-2206

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Model Colony History Room is closed to the public and is accepting in-person appointments on a case by base basis only. Please call the room directly at (909) 395-2206 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your research needs.

We’re open Monday-Friday. Come on in and take look around.

  • Monday - Wednesday: 1 PM - 6 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 1 PM - 6 PM
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed


Got 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. We have 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. You can visit us to view the collections, but we need to know ahead of time what you want to see. Give us a call or send us an email at least one day in advance: (909) 395-2206 or [email protected]. Let us know the name of the collection and which box number you want to view for your research. We can pull up to 4 boxes at a time. Items in these collections are fragile and special handling is required.

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Summer At Ontario City Library

Summer at Ontario City Library is here!  All ages are invited to participate in our reading program! Visit the library, discover great books and earn prizes.

Just sign up here:

No computer? No problem!  Drop into either library location and library staff will be happy to get you signed up.

Teen Book Fest

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this event has been postponed due to health precautions.

This all-day event featuring multiple young adult authors in a series of panels, breakout sessions, and keynote presentations.

Check out our event page! 

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