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Automotive Repair

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Detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Some of Chilton Library’s more popular features include:
  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
  • Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
  • A print button that allows you to easily print out what is needed.
Access with your Library Card 

Books & Reading

Diverse Book Finder: Identify & Explore Multicultural Picture Books

Diverse BookFinder

Curated lists of picture books on a diverse array of topics.

All ages 

Teaching Books net


Book Guides & Lesson Plans – Find lesson plans, discussion questions, novel units, reader’s theater scripts, and other instructional support for the books you’re reading in any K-12 classroom. 

Booklist: Build Your Own – Compile, organize, analyze, and share instructional materials associated with the books in your curriculum. 

Diverse Books – Include diverse cultural experiences in your instruction as reflected in quality fiction and nonfiction books. 

Literature-Based Vocabulary Lists – Have ready-to-use vocabulary lists – often organized by chapter – for the books that you’re teaching. Vocabulary lists include definitions, example sentences pulled from each book, and audio pronunciations.

Meet-the-Author Videos & Book Readings – Have the author reveal, anytime, the author’s purpose, writing, and research processes with these exclusively created primary source materials. 

Resources for Award-Winning Books – Lists of U.S. Award Winning titles. 

Access with your Library Card  • All ages 


Business & Finance

Gale Business Insights: Global

Gale Business Insights: Global

For business professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and general researchers, Gale Business Insights: Global delivers comprehensive international business intelligence, compiled into a logical, useable context. This unique resource empowers users to not only research topics but also to interpret their research. Deep business intelligence powered by statistical data lets researchers spend less time searching and more time connecting their discoveries to practical applications.

Access with your Library Card 
Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

A comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students. Access with your Library Card  • Perfect for research 

Citizenship Resources

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Pronunciator’s ProCitizen course prepares individuals to take the United States Naturalization test.

Access with your Library Card 

Current Events

The Bakersfield Californian

The Bakersfield Californian eEdition

Where is the Californian?
For several years, the Kern County Library provided the e-edition of The Bakersfield Californian on its website. In 2020, the Californian changed its e-edition platform to PressReader. Because PressReader does not have an option for libraries to subscribe to newspapers within a limited geographical area, access to The Bakersfield Californian is no longer available via the library. Print copes are available at most branches and you can also access a limited number of articles online. 
The New York Times

The New York Times

Having won the Pulitzer Prize more times than any other newspaper, The New York Times is the 2nd most circulated newspaper in the nation and has worldwide readership. Explore breaking news, world news, multimedia, opinion pieces, and more. Topics in the newspaper include world topics, U.S. news, politics, business, technology, science, health, sports, arts, books, style, food, travel, and real estate.

Please Note a Few Limitations on NYT-related Mobile Apps:

  • NYT-related Mobile Applications are only available on personal mobile devices. 
  • The Crosswords app is not included, however, crosswords from the past week, as well as a handful from the archive, are available in the Crosswords section.
  • The Cooking app is not included, however customers can access recipes via the Food section.
  • Articles from 1923-1980 are not available on public library computers. On personal devices, customers have access to 5 articles per day in this date range.
Access with your Library Card 

Foreign Languages

Britannica Escolar

Britannica Escolar

The leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. Access with your Library Card  • Perfect for research 
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Google Translate

Google Translate is a free multilingual machine translation service. It includes language recognition, strong translations, and pronunciations.

Mobile apps available 

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Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 87 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. Track your progress and learn your chosen language in your preferred learning style.

Access with your Library Card  • Ages 3+   • 

Genealogy & Family History

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Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch is among one of the largest genealogy-related, free databases worldwide. Explore free records, resources, and much more.

Perfect for family trees  • All ages 

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Find A Grave

Contribute to and discover grave sites worldwide. This completely free database includes burial information and details, and is continuously being added to daily. There are over 170 million records.

Perfect for family trees  • All ages 

Genealogy Room

The Genealogy Room collection, located within the Beale Memorial Library, contains books, magazines, printed vital records, and books on heraldry and family names. Complete California census records through 1920 are also available on microfilm. Additionally, the collection includes the microfiche index to the collection of the Sutro Library. In 2014, 300 new genealogy books were added to the collection, covering Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Missouri. The Genealogy Room is open, during most normal operating hours of the Beale Memorial Library. Volunteers from the Kern County Genealogical Society are on hand to assist customers.


12 – 4pm
12 – 4pm
12 – 4pm
12 – 4pm

Perfect for family trees  • All ages 

To make a research request, fill out the following forms:

Obituary Request        Article / Research Request

Obituary Request

To make a research request, fill out the following forms:

Obituary Request        Article / Research Request

Health & Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.

What dietary habits are associated with developing adult-onset diabetes? Are antioxidants really effective? What new advances have been made in the treatment of HIV/ AIDS? Gale Health and Wellness is your first-stop resource for answers to these and other health-related questions.

Access with your Library Card 
Gale Onefile Health and Medicine

Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine

Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers, and health care professionals, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics. With more than 2,500 embargo-free, full-text periodicals, reference books, pamphlets, and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine ensure that researchers get current, scholarly, comprehensive answers to health-related questions.

Access with your Library Card 

History & Photo Archives

Carleton E. Watkins Photography Collection

Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) was one of the most highly acclaimed early Western photographers. This collection includes photographs of various Kern County scenes from the 1880s, with an emphasis on Rancho El Tejon.

Historical photos 

Clyde Johnson Collection

This collection includes photographs of assorted Kern County scenes following the 1952 earthquake.

Historical photos 

Curtis Darling Postcard Collection

This collection includes miscellaneous illustrated and photographic postcards of Kern County locations.

Historical photos 

Kathleen Walker Collection

This collection includes Bakersfield city scenes from the 1990s.

Historical photos 

KCL Local History Flickr Photostream

Since 2012, the Kern County Library has utilized Flickr to share both current programming photos and to also make the viewing of local history photos from the Local History Room available to the public.

Historical photos 

KCL Local History Photograph Collection

Part of the Online Archive of California (OAC) launched in 2002, which provides free public access to primary resource collections by more than 200 contributing institutions throughout California, the Kern County Library’s photograph collection includes images of historical interest of Bakersfield and other areas of Kern County from the late 1800s to 2001.

Historical photos 

Local History Room

 Come see us during open hours!

 OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY: 1pm-5pm    No appointment necessary.

If you would like to have your microfilm or research material waiting for you when you get here, please call ahead.

The Local History Room is located, on the second floor, within the Beale Memorial Library. The collection contains books, pamphlets, periodicals, newsletters, vault materials, and vertical files on over 900 subjects. The Local History room’s most popular items include Bakersfield City Directories dating back to 1899; Kern County Telephone directories dating back to 1940; and donated elementary, junior high, high school, and college yearbooks mainly from the 1960s and 1970s. Some primary sources in the collection go as far back as the 1800s.

Microfilm is also available in the Local History room to view newspapers not digitized, such as Shafter, Taft, Delano, and additional surrounding areas. Digitized access to the Bakersfield Californian for 1875-1977, limited issues of 2013-2017, The Shafter Press (1935-2014), and Shafter Progress (1929-1962) are available on Newspaper Archive. Microfilm is also available in the Local History Room for the Bakersfield Californian (1978-present), as well as other newspapers that have not yet been digitized, such as Taft, Delano, Ridgecrest, and additional surrounding areas.

The collection materials cannot be checked out and can only be used in the Local History Room.

Perfect for research of local history and events. • All ages welcome.

Visit our online collection:

Additional local history collections:

The Photographs of Carleton E. Watkins

Online Archive of California, featuring KCL Local History Photo Collection

Internet Archive: Digitized Audiovisual Collection

SJVLS Digital Collection, featuring Kern County 

SJVLS Digital Collection, featuring Clyde Johnson Photography

SJVLS Digital Collection, featuring Curtis Darling Postcard Collection

To make a research request, fill out the following forms:

Obituary Request        Article / Research Request

Local History:

47 digitized audiovisual resources, including videos, audio, and interviews on library groundbreakings, the dustbowl, and Kern County history.

Historical Videos  • Historical Audio 

National Archives Collections

The National Archives has collections spanning from general topics and through the 19th to 21st century. Among the notable collections include photos of WWII, Women’s Suffrage, and American Indians.

Historical photos 

SJVLS Photo Heritage Collection

The San Joaquin Valley Digitization Project began in the Summer of 2001. The project provided the 9 public libraries of the San Joaquin Valley Library System (SJVLS) with equipment and training so that they could digitize portions of their historical photograph collections. This Project aimed to improve access to historical images found in the region, to preserve the photographs and their valuable content, and to put in place the equipment, skills, and infrastructure that would enable the SJVLS member libraries to work independently to digitize the unique content in their collections. would not have been possible without the support of the California State Library, and the funding available under the Library Services and Technology Act.

Historical photos 

Jobs & Careers

America’s Job Center of Kern

A local One-Stop Center within the County of Kern that serves a training center for local job seekers. Many services are available, including no-cost training, job placement services, and job-hunting resources.

Ages 18+