Curbside Services

Starting June 15, the Kern County Library will offer curbside services at select locations. Access Our Contactless Services! An appointment is strongly encouraged to reduce wait times and to ensure smooth, quick service. Fill out our online form to make an appointment request, call 661.868.0701 to schedule an appointment, or email Although an appointment is […]

2020 Summer Reading Challenge goes Virtual!

Summer Reading Registration Begins Monday, June 1st Access Our Contactless Services! Say Hello to Curbside! Starting June 15, the Kern County Library will offer curbside services at select locations. During our curbside services you can pick up requested titles, pick up genre grab bags, return previously checked out materials, & more!   Grab-N-Go Lunches   […]

Trending Topics: Kern County Budget

Our right as a community is to become lifelong learners. By providing our community with access to information, we can all better understand one another and better protect our rights. Learn about the people in our community and join the discussion about how to treat those around us with respect and dignity. Resources and links below are provided for 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]