History of the Baker Branch Library
The Baker Branch Library opened on July 8, 1915, as a part of the Kern Library Association’s East Bakersfield Branch of the Beale Memorial Library. In September 1923, the Baker Branch Library was absorbed into the Kern County Free Library system. Designed by architect Orville Lee Clark, the Baker Street Branch is an example of the Italian Renaissance version of the Greek Revival federal public building architecture style. This can be seen in the Doric columns, the entry arch embellished with flowers, and the pair of ornate Italian lamps near the foot of the entry steps. In April 1981, the Baker Branch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1988, the Baker Branch was closed for renovation, which included updating of heating, air conditioning, public restroom remodel, circulation desk installation, and more. The facility opened, fully restored on Friday, November 22, 1991. Throughout its history, the Baker Branch has truly been a neighborhood library with strong public support. Many people trace their fondest memories to the Baker Branch Library.
For more information, read the eBook Kern County Library, A Century of Progress.