Follow Us On Facebook View our collections on Flickr View our collections on Pinterest Follow us on Twitter Sign-Up for Email Updates! SmartPay button Email Notices button

California Libraries - Get Involved

Make a Difference

Volunteer

 

In partnership with

 

 

VolunteerMatch

layout graphic layout graphic
Library Catalog | eLibrary | My Account | Search | Contact Us | Staff | Home | A A A
layout graphic
 
layout graphic layout graphic layout graphic
layout graphic

Beale Memorial Library Wifi


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

Head Librarian: Maria Rutledge



Hours

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
11 a.m. -
7 p.m.
10 a.m. -
6 p.m.
10 a.m. -
6 p.m.

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 October Events Calendar (Adobe PDF)

 

Day Date Time Event
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
Tuesdays All 4:30pm

Storytime Online
http://goo.gl/7KPJRW

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 2 5:30pm LEGO Club: Come Build With Us!
Tuesday 7 4:30pm Which Way Home Film Screening
Auditiorium
Wednesday 8 & 22 4pm Barks & Books: Read to a Therapy Dog
Wednesday 8 3-6:30pm Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. Book Sale
Members Sale - Auditiorium
Thursday 9 11am-6:30pm Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. Book Sale
General Sale - Auditiorium
Friday 10 10am-5:30pm Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. Book Sale
General Sale - Auditiorium
Saturday 11 3pm New Volunteer Orientation
Tejon Room
Tuesday 14 11am-6:30pm Friends of the Kern County Library, Inc. Book Sale
Bag Sale - Hallway/Lake Room
Tuesday 14 4pm Beginner Guitar Class
Tejon Room
Saturday 18 4pm Beginning MS Excel
Computer Lab
Tuesday 21 1pm Historic Sunset Camp - Past & Present
Presented by the Genealogical Society
Tejon Room
Saturday 25 3pm Otaku Club - Cosplay Contest for Teens
Tejon Room
Tuesday 28 11am Spooky Storytime & Creepy Craft
Tuesday 28 5pm Beginner Ukelele Class
Tejon Room
Thursday 30 5:30pm Trick Out Your Treat Bag
All materials provided. 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.

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
 
   
layout graphic layout graphic layout graphic
 
layout graphic layout graphic
Top of Page
layout graphic