Kern County Library Summer Reading Challenge

2021 Summer Reading Challenge

Reading Colors Your World Take the Summer Reading Challenge This Summer spend time exploring humanity, nature, culture, and science, through books and creative activities. At the Kern County Library, we encourage you to be creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity.  Who’s Invited Everyone, ages 0-100 Books That Count Read books, […]

2021 Story Tours Ours to Share & Yours to Discover Powered by KCL & CAPK "Bookmobile Stops"

Kicks Off on Monday, May 3

The Kern County Library has partnered up with Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) to launch Story Tours, a new bookmobile service that will bring library services to communities across Kern County through 2021. This partnership is funded by the Virginia & Alfred Harrell Foundation. Bookmobile Stops Mondays – East Kern 10:15-11:15am – Mojave Branch […]

KCL Lunch at the Library

Lunch at the Library

Grab ‘n Go Drive-Thru Lunch Meals are for children, ages 2-18, and must be present. Meals are FREE. Available through July 2021. Bakersfield Locations Beale | Mondays – Fridays, 12-1pm Rathbun | Wednesdays – Thursdays, 12-1pm Southwest | Mondays & Tuesdays, 12-1pm     County Locations Arvin | Tuesdays – Thursdays, 12-1pm Delano | Wednesdays – Fridays, 12-1pm Kern River | […]

Join Our Virtual Book Clubs & Subscribe to Our Email Booklists!

Book Talk Podcasts, Book Clubs, and More!

Subscribe to Library Booklists  From Armchair Travel to Christian Fiction to Picture Books, choose your booklist interests and get handpicked recommendations straight to your inbox with direct links to our collection (including direct links to our eBooks!). To get started, subscribe here. Book Talk Bakersfield  Join Kern County Library staff members, Fahra and Jasmin, as […]

Kern County Library Job Seekers Toolkit

Job Seeker Toolkit

How We Can Help I Want To:                          Access Library Resources Titles on Jobs Titles on Careers

Resources For Teachers

Get Started

Why are our resources amazing?   You can search for content by curriculum standards Resources include primary and secondary sources, along with interactive activities and simulations You can share content with students even if they DO NOT have a library card via a link You can connect directly to Google Classroom and other online schooling platforms Where to start? […]

Resources For Parents During Distance Learning

Learn More

How do I get?   Books / eBooks / Audiobooks / Curriculum Help   Help with School Reports and Enrichment Activities To access even more digital resources, access the Library’s Research webpage, which includes a comprehensive list of all databases, links, newspapers, and more.   Basic Tech Help Access our Niche Academy It has FREE […]

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Healthy Living Resources

Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK), CalFresh Healthy Living, and Kern County Library are working together to provide easily accessible nutritional and physical activity information for healthier eating and more active lifestyles for residents of Kern County. Resources at the Library Databases The Kern County Library’s participation in Healthy Day of Action is in partnership […]

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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 […]

Get the Most Important App on Your Phone. Introducing ValleyCat.

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 […]

Learn more about NOW AVAILABLE Library Services, including curbside appointments at select branches.
The Library is now at full capacity at 12 branches. Stop by our library locations during our open hours!
The Zip Books program has ended (for now). Stay tuned for updates and further news concerning the return of Zip Books; thank you for participating in this fabulous opportunity with us.
Our eLibrary is open 24/7! Get your reads ANYtime when you get them online; all you need is your FREE Kern County Library card!