We’re Partnering up with Behavioral Health & Recovery Services This May

Kern County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month by wearing GREEN every Tuesday! 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 1-800-991-5272 24/7 Substance Use Access Line: 1-866-266-4898 Mary K. Shell Health Center2151 College AvenueBakersfield, CA Website: KernBHRS.org Behavioral Health Events Kick-Off Lighting Ceremony May 3, 2021Ceremony begins 7:45pmStreaming LIVE on Facebook@KernBHRS Art in the Park […]

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 […]

Lunch at the Library

Current Lunch Services Grab ‘n Go Drive-Through Lunch Service (through July 2021)Meals are for children, ages 2-18, and must be present. Meals are FREE. Arvin Branch Library | Tuesdays – Thursdays, 12-1pm Beale Memorial Library | Mondays – Fridays, 12-1pm Delano Branch Library | Wednesdays – Fridays, 12-1pm Wasco Branch Library | Mondays & Tuesdays, […]

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 […]

Job Seeker Toolkit

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

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learn more about NOW AVAILABLE Library Services, including indoor service and curbside appointments, at select branches.
The Library is now at 50% capacity at 13 branches. Stop by our library locations during our open hours!