All Kern County Library Branches Closed March 17th-April 13th for COVID-19 ~~ Learn about our Virtual Programming and Access Learning Links

The Kern County Library, at the direction of the Kern County Administrative Office and Kern County Department of Public Health, in an effort to address the recommendations made by Governor Gavin Newsom and the State of California for COVID-19, will be making significant changes to Library operations. For the safety of the families we serve, […]

Stay At Home Reading Challenge

You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your well-being! Join us in doing the […]

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus & More

Your health matters to the Kern County Library! Below you will find researched information from authentic resources regarding health information, including information about relevant viruses. Please be aware, the Kern County Library does not provide medical advice, nor are the materials we provide a substitute for a professional medical opinion. The Kern County Library strictly provides […]

Get Your Free Hamburger! March 7 – April 18

Join us for the Cover-to-Cover Reading Challenge! Children, ages 4-12, can sign up at any Kern County Library branch anytime or online between March 7th and April 18th, 2020. Children who read 5 books can turn in their reading logs and are eligible for a FREE In-N-Out hamburger or cheeseburger. Children can earn up to 3 certificate meals, by […]

Learn More About the 2020 Census & Programming

WHAT IS THE CENSUS? CENSUS PROGRAMMING During January through April 2020, all Kern County Library branches are hosting a range of census-inspired programming, including workshops on how to research your family genealogy, coloring stations full of fictional family tree coloring sheets, family-themed storytime, and more! Library workshops, performances, and events are FREE and open to […]

Supporting Local Authors

Kern County is home to many talented writers and the Kern County Library is happy to provide a digital home for their work through our OverDrive platform. Due to the explosion of self-publishing, the Kern County Library does not physically catalog local author titles. Any print copies of local author works will be kept at the local […]

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

ZipBooks is still available during the Library’s COVID-19 closure. During this time, titles can be in Kern’s physical collection. ZipBooks may be delayed by Amazon. Requests must be made by individuals with a library card in good standing. The Kern County Library is pleased to announce Zip Books, a FREE alternative to ILL (Interlibrary Loan). What is […]