Jack Maguire Local History Room Policy

In 1988, with the construction of the new Beale Memorial Library in Bakersfield, the local history collection received its own room, named for major benefactor Jack Maguire (1913-1985). Download Local History Room Policy

Genealogy Room Policy

The Kern County Genealogical Society (KCGS) was formed in 1964 in the southern portion of California’s Central Valley. As of 1981, per an agreement between the Kern County Board of Supervisors, the Library, and the KCGS, the Society integrated its collection into the Kern County Library and is currently housed in the Genealogy Room at […]

Gift and Donation Policy

The Kern County Library accepts donations of books and other materials, including monetary contributions and memorial gifts. The Library reserves the right to determine how gifts are used and is unable to return any gift once it has been donated.  Download Gift and Donation Policy

Collection Development Policy

The Collection Development policy of the Library supports the mission of the Kern County Library. The Library functions as a major information source for County residents by providing a broad and relevant collection of materials to engage and inform people from differing communities, backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles. Our diverse collection of materials in English and […]

Graphic Standards

Our Brand The Kern County Library’s (KCL) new brand kicks off an exciting new era for Kern County Libraries and coincides with several exciting departmental projects in 2015. As a county library system, we continue to value the entirety of the community, including rural areas and aim to bring technology, learning, accessibility, and more to […]

Fine & Fee Schedule

There shall be a fine each time library material becomes overdue; however, the maximum fine per transaction shall not exceed 70% of the replacement cost of the material. Accumulated charges totaling $2 or more will result in suspension of checkout privileges until the account is revoked. A handling fee of $35 per check shall be […]

Wireless Internet Use Agreement

The Kern County Library provides wireless access, free of charge, during normal library operating hours. However, high demand, reliability of technology, and other factors may affect access. For these reasons, the Library cannot guarantee the availability or reliability of the service. Download Wireless Internet Use Agreement

Meeting Room Use Policy

The Meeting Rooms at the Kern County Library are available for public use under the Meeting Room Use Policy adopted by the Kern County Board of Supervisors. The availability of these facilities is an ancillary service the Library provides. The service must not interfere with the Library’s primary function of providing library materials and information […]

Internet & Computer Use Policy

To fulfill our mission, Kern County Library provides access to a broad range of information resources, including those available through the internet. We make this service available as part of our mission to offer a broadly defined program of informational, educational, recreational, and cultural enrichment opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, which reflect […]

Image Release Policy

Attendance of Kern County Library programs or events constitutes consent to be photographed and/or videotaped for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Kern County Library. Download Image Release Policy

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