Cancer Resource Library

We know you have questions about cancer. We're here to help you find answers.

A cancer diagnosis can be an overwhelming experience whether you are a patient, a family member or friend. At the Cancer Resource Library at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, we aim to empower anyone touched by cancer with the information they need to become well-informed partners in their healthcare. Becoming informed can give you confidence, comfort and a sense of control while facing the challenge of cancer.


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

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 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.