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Beale Memorial Library Wifi


Beale Memorial Library photo701 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(view map)
(661) 868-0701

Head Librarian: Maria Rutledge



Hours

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
10 a.m. -
6 p.m.
10 a.m. -
6 p.m.

Jack Maguire Local History Room Hours

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m.

For an appointment, call (661) 868-0770.

Genealogy Room Hours

The Genealogy Room is open to the public during regular library hours. Genealogical Society Volunteers are available Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Services and Phone Numbers

Interlibrary Loan (661) 868-0779
Meeting Rooms (661) 868-0740

Meeting Rooms


KCL March Events Calendar (Adobe PDF)

 

Day Date Time Event
Tuesdays 3, 17, & 31 4:30pm #StorytimeOnline
Families are invited to attend this special storytime that transcends boundaries and can be watched LIVE from anywhere! Can't attend LIVE, watch the archived version on our Youtube! http://goo.gl/7KPJRW
Wednesdays 10 & 24 4:30pm Bilingual #StorytimeOnline
http://goo.gl/7KPJRW
Saturdays All 2pm Math Clinic & Homework Help
Learn math or get assistance with your math homework. Open to all ages. Registration Required, call 661.868.0701. GMP Room.
Mondays All 11am Toddler Time: Explore & Play
Mondays All 12pm Tablet & eBook Experience
Call 661.868.0701 to register.
Tuesdays All 11am Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays All 11am Bilingual Storytime
Wednesdays All 11am Personal Computer Coach
Thirty minute one-on-one sessions; space is limited, registration is required. Call 661.868.0701
Wednesdays All 12pm Bilingual Personal Computer Coach
Thirty minute one-on-one sessions; space is limited, registration is required. Call 661.868.0701
Thursdays All 10:15am Sensory Storytime
Thursday 5 5:30pm LEGO Club: Come Build With Us!
Tuesday 10 11am Finding Funders for NonProfits
Learn how to search the Foundation Directory Online to find funding sources for your nonprofit organization. Registration Required. Computer Lab.
Wednesday 11 & 25 4pm Barks & Books: Read to a Therapy Dog
Register at 661.868.0701
Saturday 14 3pm It's A Teen Thing: Teen Tech Week
Create your own Duct Tape Cases.
Saturday 14 3pm Volunteer Orientation. Tejon Room.
Tuesday 17 1pm How to Research Land Records
Larry Vrendenburgh of the U.S. Land Bureau of Land Management will address this topic. Tejon Room.
Wednesday 11 3-6:30pm Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. Used Book Sale
(Members Only; Memberships will be sold at the door.)
Thursday 12 11am-6:30pm Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. Used Book Sale
(Open to the Public)
Friday 13 10am-5:30pm Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. Used Book Sale
(Open to the Public)
Saturday 14 10am-5:30pm Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. Used Book Sale
(Open to the Public. Half-Price Sale.)

 


About Beale Memorial Library

Located in downtown Bakersfield, the Beale Memorial Library is the central research library for Kern County. The 127,000 square feet facility is built around a 4,000 square feet atrium and has room for 200 vehicles in the parking lot. Many of the furnishings, art and specialized collections in the new facility were provided through private donations to the Kern County Library Foundation.

The original Beale Memorial Library was dedicated on June 2, 1900, a gift to the city of Bakersfield by Mrs. Mary E. Beale and her son Truxtun in memory of their husband and father, General Edward Fitzgerald Beale. That building was destroyed in the 1952 earthquake. A second Beale Library was completed in 1957; the library moved to the present location in April, 1988.

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The Beale Memorial Library of the Kern County Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government Documents. Public access to the Government Documents collection is guaranteed by Public Law (Title 44 United States Code).

Facts About the Main Library

Materials Checked out 362,692
Library Holdings 294,466
Weekly Hours Open 48
Year Built 1988
Square Feet 128,165
 
   
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