Cancer Resource Library

Library Resources During COVID-19

At Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, we are concerned about your health and the health of our community. The Resource Library has reopened with limited hours and new guidelines to protect the health of visitors and staff. These guidelines are in addition to the precautions taken throughout the Cancer Center.

New Hours

Mondays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Visitor Guidelines

  • The Resource Library is open to patients who are at the Cancer Center for scheduled appointments with their provider only. We are not open to the community and other guests at this time.
  • We are now accepting returns. Materials to be returned can be dropped off on the labeled table outside the Resource Library.
  • Library materials are available for check out however browsing and self check out is currently unavailable. Staff will retrieve materials for visitors and assist with check out.
  • Library computer, printer and copier are available to visitors. Equipment will be wiped down and disinfected after each use.
  • Returned library materials will be quarantined for 7 days before being returned to the shelves. This policy is based on the recommendations from The Northeast Document Conservation Center

For information regarding a cancer diagnosis, we encourage you to see our online Information Guides. These guides contain links to recommended websites and are available for several cancer types and many cancer-related topics.

If you would like to check out Resource Library books, CDs, or DVDs, but do not have any upcoming appointments at the Cancer Center, please contact us and materials can be mailed to you along with a prepaid mailing packet for returns. Prepaid mailing packets are also available to anyone who would like to return previously checked out materials via mail.

Please contact us at or (805) 879-5648 if you would like to request Library materials or have any questions.

For information regarding COVID-19, we recommend the following websites. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of misinformation being shared especially through social media. For your health and safety, please seek information from reliable sources only. Information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and these websites are being updated continuously.



The Cancer Resource Library offers a comfortable place where patients and families can find current, comprehensive information about all aspects of cancer. Our Librarian also provides physicians and clinical staff with scientific medical literature that is in support of our evidence-based approach to care. The Library is open to all and services are offered at no charge.

Research Assistance – Our staff are here to help answer your questions and provide personalized information searches.

Lending Library – We have an extensive collection of books, DVDs, and CDs on a variety of cancer-related topics available for checkout.

Information Guides – Online guides are available for a variety of diagnoses and topics.

Brochures – Brochures and pamphlets are available free of charge.

Computers – Patients and caregivers are welcome to use the library’s computers during their time at the Cancer Center.

Book Club – The Resource Library partners with the Santa Barbara Public Library to bring a monthly book club to the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. For more information and upcoming titles, visit our online calendar. 

Moving Pictures – The Resource Library partners with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to host a free screening of an uplifting film followed by a discussion led by SBIFF staff. For more information and upcoming films, visit our online calendar.

Visit Us

540 W. Pueblo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Mondays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Have a question? Email or call (805) 879-5648.

Materials in the Cancer Resource Library are provided for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and it should not be construed as medical advice. Because medical information is continually changing and can be controversial, please consult your healthcare provider regarding any health concern or question you have.