Get a Library Card

All California Residents are eligible for a FREE Kern County Library card. Open the door to your imagination, gain access to resources, and discover what’s available to your community through the Kern County Library.

Apply online to begin the process of obtaining your Library card and to begin accessing materials immediately online.

Finalizing your application requires proof of identity, proof of residency, and a signed paper application which may be printed online or picked up at the Library (ENGLISH/SPANISH), and transforms your Kern County Library card into a full-access card, granting you access to physical material checkout. For minors 17 and under, a guardian must be present to finalize the application and bring proof of identity, proof of residency, and signed acknowledgement of financial responsibility. Kern County residents, ages 13 and over, apply online to begin the process of obtaining your Kern County Library card and to begin accessing materials online.

Proof of Identity
Proof of California Residency
Non-Residents of Kern County
eLibrary, Database, and Computer-Use Card

Having trouble? Access our additional application option.


Types of Library Cards

Access Types
eLibrary Card
Full Access Card

Digital Media:
Download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music, comic books, and TV shows. Place holds on digital media items.

Research and Homework:
Access resources for auto repair, health, academic research, newspapers, general reference, peer-reviewed journals, and learning languages.
Public Computers:
Reserve and use public computers at library locations.
Physical Collections:
Check out printed books, CDs, Books on CD, DVDs, and Blu-Rays. Access interlibrary loan and Zip Books. Place holds on physical materials. 


Learn More About Your Kern County Library Card

With a Kern County Library Card, You Can...
Your Signature Means
Borrowing Materials
Access Your Account
Library Notices & Request Email or SMS Text Notifications
Update Your Contact Information
Interlibrary Loan
Renewing Materials
Return Checked Out Items
Item Was Returned or Never Checked Out
Late Fees & Lost/Damaged Items
Payment of Library Fees
Fee Schedule

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