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Beale Memorial Library Wifi

Beale Memorial Library photo701 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
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(661) 868-0701

Head Librarian: Maria Rutledge


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Jack Maguire Local History Room Hours

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m. 1 - 6 p.m.

For an appointment, call (661) 868-0770.

Genealogy Room Hours

The Genealogy Room is open to the public during regular library hours. Genealogical Society Volunteers are available Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Services and Phone Numbers

Interlibrary Loan (661) 868-0779
Meeting Rooms (661) 868-0740

Meeting Rooms

KCL February Events Calendar (Adobe PDF)


Day Date Time Event
Tuesdays All 4:30pm #StorytimeOnline
Families are invited to attend this special storytime that transcends boundaries and can be watched LIVE from anywhere! Can't attend LIVE, watch the archived version on our Youtube!

Tue. Feb. 3 - Love is in the Air
Tue. Feb. 10- Will You Be My Valentine?
Tue. Feb. 17 - Celbrating Chinese New Year
Tue. Feb. 24 - A Visit From the Toothfairy
Wednesdays All 4:30pm Bilingual #StorytimeOnline

Wed. Feb. 4 - Dias festivos divertidos en Febrero
Wed. Feb. 11 - Nuevos Amigos
Wed. Feb. 18 - Nuevo año Chino (Año de la borrega)
Wed. Feb. 25 - Cuentos de hadas clásicos
Saturdays All 2pm Math Clinic & Homework Help
Learn math or get assistance with your math homework. Open to all ages. Registration Required, call 661.868.0701. GMP Room.
Mondays All 11am Toddler Time: Explore & Play
Mondays All 12pm Tablet & eBook Experience
Call 661.868.0701 to register.
Tuesdays All 11am Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays All 11am Bilingual Storytime
Wednesdays All 11am Personal Computer Coach
Thirty minute one-on-one sessions; space is limited, registration is required. Call 661.868.0701
Wednesdays All 12pm Bilingual Personal Computer Coach
Thirty minute one-on-one sessions; space is limited, registration is required. Call 661.868.0701
Thursdays All 10:15am Sensory Storytime
Thursday 5 5:30pm LEGO Club: Come Build With Us!
Saturday 7 11am The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross - Into the Fire
Documentary screening about the Civil War, the end of slavery, and the Reconstruction in American History. Auditorium.
Monday 9 & 23 4pm 1-2-3 Play With Me: Open Play
Tuesday 10 11am Valentine Stories & Craft
Wednesday 11 & 25 4pm Barks & Books: Read to a Therapy Dog
Register at 661.868.0701
Friday 13 4pm Heart Art
Make a card for your loved ones; supplies provided.
Saturday 14 11am The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Film screening. Cicely Tyson stars as a Black woman in the South who was born into slavery in 1850 and lives to become part of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960. Auditorium.
Saturday 14 3pm Otaku Club: Love Repellent
An afternoon of anime, manga, and all things cool - Valentine style. Tejon Room.
Saturday 14 3pm Orientation for New Volunteers. Lake Room.
Tuesday 17 1pm The Civil War Veterans of Kern County
Presented by local historian, John Codd. Tejon Room.
Saturday 21 11am Slavey By Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II. Documentary screening. Auditorium.
Saturday 28 11am Glory. Film Screening. A dramatic film about the first formal unit in the Union Army during the American Civil War to be made entirely of African-American men. Auditorium.


About Beale Memorial Library

Located in downtown Bakersfield, the Beale Memorial Library is the central research library for Kern County. The 127,000 square feet facility is built around a 4,000 square feet atrium and has room for 200 vehicles in the parking lot. Many of the furnishings, art and specialized collections in the new facility were provided through private donations to the Kern County Library Foundation.

The original Beale Memorial Library was dedicated on June 2, 1900, a gift to the city of Bakersfield by Mrs. Mary E. Beale and her son Truxtun in memory of their husband and father, General Edward Fitzgerald Beale. That building was destroyed in the 1952 earthquake. A second Beale Library was completed in 1957; the library moved to the present location in April, 1988.

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The Beale Memorial Library of the Kern County Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government Documents. Public access to the Government Documents collection is guaranteed by Public Law (Title 44 United States Code).

Facts About the Main Library

Materials Checked out 362,692
Library Holdings 294,466
Weekly Hours Open 48
Year Built 1988
Square Feet 128,165
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