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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

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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 April Events Calendar (Adobe PDF)

Day Date Time Event
Volunteer Opportunities: Beale's Orientation Meetings are in Gates Computer Lab, 2nd floor. For more information, call 661.868.0745.
Volunteers for all other branches, please call your local branch.
Library Tours: Library Tours are available by appointment. Elementary schools (Grades 1 - 6) please call the Arkelian Children's Library, 661.868.0750. Secondary schools & adults (Grades 7 and up), please call the Reference Desk, 661.868.0770.

For all other branches, please contact your neighborhood library.
Mondays All 11am Toddler Time!
Parents are invited to accompany their 18-month-old through 2-year-old children for music, nursery rhymes, stories and play. Arkelian Children’s Room.
Tuesdays All 11am Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs)
Family-friendly stories suitable for ages 3-5. Arkelian Children’s Room
Tuesdays All 11am Bilingual Storytime (all ages)
Stories for all ages in English & Spanish.
Wednesdays All 11am - 1pm Personal Computer Coach: One-on-One Sessions
Space is limited, please call to reserve a time slot with a volunteer tutor. Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 661.868.0770
Saturdays All 2pm Math Clinic and Homework Help
Learn math or get assistance with your math homework; Open to learners of all ages. Registration is required: call 661-868-0701 GMP Rm
Thursday 3 6:30pm eBooks & eResources Demo
Learn how to borrow eBooks and access newspaper and magazine articles form your mobile device or home computer. Lobby.
Thursday 3 5pm Kern County Library Foundation: Meet Me at the Beale...Again!
Public is invited to attend an Open House celebration featuring intearctive, self guided art tours highlighting Californian artists; and new service areas such as the Family Place Library and Veterans Resource Center.
Thursday 3 5:30pm Lego Club
Come build with us! All materials provided by the library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 7 and older. Arkelian Children’s Room.
Tuesdays 8,Beginner
5pm Guitar Chords Workshop
Bring your tuned guitar.
Learn to play guitar chords & songs.
Tuesday 8 & 22 5:30pm Dia Family Book Clubs: The Melting Pot
Apr. 8 - What is Passover?
Apr. 22 - We're Having a Chagiga!

Families can learn & explore the rich heritage of Hebrew culture through activities, music, food & stories. Participating families will receive free multicultural books. Space is limited; to register, call 661.868.0701.
Wednesdays 9 & 23 4pm Barks & Books
Children read to therapy dogs for practice. (call 661.868.0701 to register) Children’s Rm
Saturday 12 11am Celebrate Earth Month: Earth From Space Film Showing
A ground-breaking film that reveals a spectacular new space-based version of our planet. Auditorium.
Saturday 12 3pm Volunteer Orientation
Find out how to get started as a volunteer at the Beale Memorial Library. Gates Computer Lab
Saturday 12 3:30pm Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010
Learn basic functions: create & save documents, format text, and add graphics.
Tuesday 15 1pm The History Keepers of Kern County
An overview of people, past and present, who have helped preserve the history of Kern County; presented by Shirley Jackson, Kern County Genealogical Society historian. Tejon Room.
Thursday 17 10:30am Dust Bowl Dreams - CSUB Theatre for Young Audiences
A play that explores the struggles of Dust Bowl migrants and their desire to be part of the American dream; stories of Pecos Bill, Sally Ann Thunder and Whirlwind, Briar Rabbit and the Doodlebug are brought to life with Americana music. Auditorium.
Saturday 19 10am-2pm STEMtastic Saturday @ Beale
Join us for family fun and educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities!
Saturday 19 4pm Easter Egg Hunt @ The Library
Children's Room.
Saturday 26 10am Books for Your eReader (Nook or Kindle)
Learn how to access the free eLibrary. Tejon Room
Tuesday & Wednesday 29, 30 11am-5pm OverDrive Digital Bookmobile Tour
Visit the Digital Bookmobile showcasing free eBook & eAudiobook downloadable services from Kern County Library. Readers of all ages will learn how to download from the library thorugh interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. Beale Memorial Library Parking Lot.

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.

Federal Depository Library Program logo

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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