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 other languages, in standard and emerging formats, builds community and cultivates opportunities for Kern County residents.

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The Kern County Library allows community groups and organizations to use the various display and exhibit spaces within its facilities. Space is provided for displays and exhibits of cultural, civic, charitable, recreational, and educational nature, not for advertising for commercial enterprise or for exhibits to promote specific campaigns, candidates, or political parties.

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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 added to the account balance for each check returned by the bank. Accounts 90 days old will be assessed an additional $20 collection fee and referred to a collection agency. The agency may charge interest on accounts from the date of referral.

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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 the Beale Memorial Library in Bakersfield.

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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. 

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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 every citizen of Kern County.

Graphic Standards Manual

This manual outlines all acceptable and approved use of the Kern County Library’s logo, graphical elements, and brand parameters. Contact the Marketing Division at 661.868.0730 with any questions.

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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.

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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 the great diversity of interests and opinions in our communities.

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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).

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In order to promote the pleasant use of the Library and to assure the health and safety of the public, the following are not permitted:

  • Smoking within the building.
  • Bare feet within the building.
  • Theft, marking or destruction of Library property.
  • Loud noise or other activities constituting disorderly conduct disturbing the use of the Library by the public.
  • Consumption of food or beverages within the building.
  • Animals (other than guide dogs as defined by Civil Code Section 54.1)
  • Selling goods or soliciting on Library grounds.Loitering or sleeping in the Library.
  • Obstruction of walkways or aisles with personal possessions.
  • Any other conduct disturbing the peaceful use of the Library by other customers or the work of Library staff.

Any violation of these rules may result in a loss of Library privileges. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in a serious and appropriate manner.

All customers must leave the Library premises at closing time. Escorts, rides, etc., are the sole responsibility of the customers, parents, or guardians. Customers who need assistance to return home after the Library has closed, such as minors or disabled adults, may be referred to the local police in order to ensure their safety.

These rules have been formulated with the assistance of the Kern County Counsel’s Office. Adopted by the Kern County Board of Supervisors January 5, 1993. 

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