Stop by and get FREE wildflower seeds

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL POLLINATORS We’re working with libraries across the nation to share the importance of protecting pollinators and increasing wildflowers in our community. With #PlantWildFlowers, we want to spread awareness about the importance of helping our food-producing friends all over. It’s easy! It starts with you! Now you can plant wildflowers in your backyard […]

Zip Books, a free alternative to ILL

Important Information About Zip Books Due to high volume, this program is experiencing a 2-3 week delay. Thank you for your patience! We have received an overwhelmingly positive response to the Zip Books program! To ensure we can continue to offer this service, effective immediately, we are limiting orders to 3 per person per month […]

Next Used Book Sale

Who we are The Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports the goal of excellent library service and resources for all the people of Kern County. With used book and magazine sales and through other activities, the Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. helps endorse programs, the purchase […]

Introducing the NEW Way to Pick Up Your Library Holds!

Now offering a safe and convenient way for you to pick up your “on-hold” items from Kern County library branches. Visitors can still access contactless curbside service through the release of the Kern County Library “Book a Book” system, which will allow individuals to pick up titles through the ValleyCat mobile app. With Book a […]

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read Together, Be Together A Literacy Program for Pre-readers The Kern County Library is excited to offer a fun, easy, and FREE program that promotes reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers. We encourage parents to bond with their children through reading.  Our goal is to help parents understand the importance of literacy even before children […]

Lunch (and More) at the Library

Grab ‘n Go Drive-Thru Lunches Through August 2021 Snacks in the Stacks Homework Hang-Out and Dinner Through October 2021 Beale | Mondays – Fridays, 12-1pm Arvin | Tuesdays – Thursdays, 3-5pm Beale | Mondays – Fridays, 3-5pm (beginning Sept. 7) Delano | Wednesdays – Fridays, 3-5pm Wasco | Mondays – Tuesdays, 3-5pm Meals are for children, ages 2-18, and must […]

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 This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered […]

The Library is now at full capacity at 22 branches. Stop by our library locations during our open hours!
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!
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