The One Book Project

This September – November, One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern (The One Book Project) is encouraging the entire community to share experiences related to a single book’s themes through discussions, educational programming, and entertainment. The read is meant to pull a community together, cross cultural divides, and enhance understanding of our diversity, all while supporting literacy. […]

An easier way to access your Library.

It’s the Kern County Library. In your pocket! The ValleyCat app is available on Google Play and Apple app stores. Search “SVJLS” or “ValleyCat.” With ValleyCat, you can Search our Library’s catalog Place requests & renewals Download eBooks or eAudiobooks View account fines & fees Discover the nearest Kern County Library location Scan ISBN barcodes to […]

Zip Books, a free alternative to ILL

The Kern County Library is pleased to announce Zip Books, a FREE alternative to ILL (Interlibrary Loan). What is Zip Books? Thanks to funding provided by the California State Library, Zip Books is a FREE SERVICE for customers to request books that the Kern County Library does not own. The item is shipped directly to your home via Amazon. […]

Apply for a Library Scholarship

Adults can earn their high school diploma in as few as 5 months. It’s online, flexible, and free! A personal academic coach will be assigned to you and help you succeed. You will have 24/7 access to your online classroom. Quick Facts It may be possible for you to transfer credits from previously completed accredited high […]

Seed Library at Arvin & Lamont Branches

Access to Homegrown Food: Take Seeds ~ Leave Seeds Much like a lending library for books, seed libraries allow Kern residents to freely “check out” seeds to plant in their home gardens. Grassroots seed sharing has been grown to be standard in many libraries across the country and helps spread seed knowledge, leading to healthier […]