Anticipated Opening Plans

On Friday, August 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new tier system for reopening the state of California. Under the current purple (widespread) tier, library buildings can be open to the public for indoor services at 25% capacity.

What does 25% capacity look like at Kern Libraries?

We are excited to begin receiving the public back in our facilities and to begin providing in-person services, such as public computer access, the opportunity to browse, make photocopies, or send a fax. As many are aware, we currently have 7 libraries across Kern County providing contactless curbside services. Here’s what you can expect moving forward:

We anticipate opening for limited indoor library services at 25% capacity on Monday, October 12 at twelve library facilities:

  • Arvin Branch
  • Beale Memorial, in Bakersfield
  • Delano Branch
  • Frazier Park Branch
  • Kern River Valley Branch
  • Rathbun Branch, in Oildale
  • Ridgecrest Branch
  • Rosamond Branch
  • Southwest Branch, in Bakersfield
  • Taft Branch
  • Tehachapi Branch
  • Wasco Branch

Inside services will be very similar to our current curbside services — by appointment only and must be purpose-driven. Select services will include:

  • Browsing time
  • Public computer access
  • Faxing
  • Printing
  • Copy machine access
  • Reference services


Additional services will be phased in over time.

Curbside services will remain in effect and customers can choose which type of library service they prefer.

For the safety of our community and employees, these will not be included, accessible, or allowed at this time:

  • Indoor programming
  • Public restrooms
  • Donation dropoff
  • Volunteering (virtual volunteering can be arranged)
  • Loitering or sitting


Customers must wear masks to access library facilities.


An appointment is strongly encouraged to reduce wait times and to ensure smooth, quick service. To access curbside services prior to October 12, fill out our online form to make an appointment request, call 661.868.0701 to schedule an appointment, or email

Although an appointment is not required to receive service, scheduling an appointment does ensure that your materials are ready for pickup and that you receive quicker service. Customers that arrive without an appointment may experience wait times and all materials may not be available.

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