Getting a Library Card
Your Library Card
All California residents are eligible for a free Kern County Library card with proof of current residency and a valid photo ID. A library card enables you to borrow from the book and AV collections, access electronic databases from your home, and use the public computers. Your library card can only be used by you; card privileges are non-transferrable. Your first card is issued free when you present valid identification and proof of residency at any Kern County Library branch. Subsequent cards cost $2.00. Ask library staff for an application form, or you may print out the application from this website in either English or Español. People under 18 years will need the signature of their parent or legal guardian before a card can be issued. Not a California resident? Talk to a staff member to see what options are available for you.
Bring your card with you every time you want to check something out, renew an item, or reserve a particular title. Your card can be used anywhere in the San Joaquin Valley Library System; there are libraries in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties.
The Promise You Make When You Get a Library Card
Your signature on your library card means that you promise to return materials on time and in good condition. If you lose or damage the materials or turn them in late, you will be asked to pay a fee as listed on Kern County Library's Fee Schedule.
It is the responsibility of the card holder to report the card lost or
stolen. The card holder is also responsible for any materials checked
out on the library card prior to the card being reported lost or
If you change your address or phone number, please notify the library promptly.