California City branch

California City Branch Library, 1980s


History of the California City Branch Library

California City Branch, August 1973

California City’s library began as a free community library located in the Community Center in 1962. Many of the books in this library were purchased from a fund created by N.K. (Nat) Mendelsohn, the city’s founder. In 1963, the library moved to a downtown location and joined the Kern County Library system as a branch. In 1972, the library moved to larger quarters in the new Aspen Mall. On July 1, 1982, the branch moved into a new 6,110 square-foot building built on an acre of land donated by the city. County Supervisor David Head was the motivational force behind the construction of this permanent facility. Since 1988, the California City Resource Development Agency (RDA) has give Kern County $40,000 per year towards the running of the California City Branch, to support the library and buffer it from any possible closure.


For more information, read the eBook Kern County Library, A Century of Progress.