Online Resources By Subject

Arts & Crafts

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (EBSCO)

Offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full-test is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Birder’s World, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter’s World, and many more.

Access with your Library Card  • All ages   • 

Automotive Repair

Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Access with your Library Card 

Books & Reading

Diverse BookFinder

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

All ages 

NoveList K-8 Plus (EBSCO)

Provides hundreds of hand-crafted Recommended Reads reading lists created for teens and kids covering both fiction and nonfiction genres and topics. Also includes over 700 BookTalks and over 950 searchable award lists.

Access with your Library Card  • Ages 0-12   • 

NoveList Plus (EBSCO)

Includes information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Recommended Reads, and more.

Access with your Library Card  • All ages   • 


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

Business Searching Interface (EBSCO)

A business-specific interface for use with the Business Source Complete database.

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Business Source Complete (EBSCO)

Provides full-text content covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, banking, finance, etc. Indexing, abstracts, and full-text are available as far back as 1886. Additional full-text includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses, and more.

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Regional Business News

Provides full-text for nearly 100 regional US and Canadian business publications.

Access with your Library Card 

Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO)

Offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding.

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Citizenship Resources


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

Access with your Library Card 

Current Events

The Bakersfield Californian eEdition

Digital edition of full issues of The Bakersfield Californian from May 28, 2013 to current.
In Library, log in using:
Email Name:
Password (case sensitive): kernlibrary1
Remote Users: 
After your library card number is verified, click the “Bakersfield Californian eEdition” link to access the website and utilize the login above.

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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

Brittanica 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 


Duolingo is a fun and addictive way to learn languages. Earn points for correct answers, race against a clock, and level up with bite-sized lessons.

Mobile apps available  • All ages 

Google Translate

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

Mobile apps available 


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+   • 

Referencia Latina (EBSCO)

A comprehensive Spanish-language database, offering content from a variety of sources including 49,000 encyclopedia entries, more than 100,000 images, 2,500 health reports, a Spanish-English dictionary and full text for over 100 reference books and dozens of general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas.

Access with your Library Card  • Perfect for research 

Genealogy & Family History


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 

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.



Perfect for family trees  • All ages 

Obituary Request

To request an obituary, fill out the following form.

Health & Wellness

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)

Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children’s health, men & women’s health, etc.


Access with your Library Card  • Perfect for getting healthy  

Consumer Health Information – Multilingual (EBSCO)

Provides hundreds of reports for the most common health topics in multiple languages.

Languages Available:

Language Name
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
French (Canadian)

Access with your Library Card  • Perfect for getting healthy  

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

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 2014-2017, 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 do not check out and can only be used in the Local History Room.



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

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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

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+