Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, most libraries have a fax machine. Fax charges are as follows (sent/received):

  • Domestic: $1 per page
  • International: $5 first page & $2 each additional

No, at this time we only have Black & White copiers.

Most locations have coin-operated copy machines. These locations will charge $0.15 per single side copy. If you visit a Library location that does not have a coin-operated copy machine, the charge for a copy will be $0.15 + tax for a single side copy.

No, at this time we do not have scanners, only copy machines.

No, at this time we do not have the ability to print from Wi-Fi devices. You will need to use the public computers if you wish to print.

Yes, all Kern County Library branches offer free Wi-Fi access.

We provide access to Microsoft Office 2010: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher; along with OpenOffice and Internet Explorer (for access to the Internet).

No, you need to make your reservation by using on of the reservation computers located inside the Library.

We charge the following for prints:

  • Black & White: $0.15 + tax (per page)
  • Color: $1 + tax (per page)

We require that you have a Kern County Library card, or one issued at a San Joaquin Valley Library System location, to use the public computers.

Yes, there are public computers available for use at every Kern County Library location.

You can request that we try to find the item for you to borrow, via Interlibrary Loan. If you choose this option and the item is received for you, there will be a $5 hold fee.

Please Note: Some libraries may charge an additional fee, but you would be contacted for approval of this additional fee prior to the item being sent.

If the item is available for request in the library’s system, there is no charge to have it sent to your local library location.

However, we do charge an expired hold fee, if the item is received at your requested location and is not cancelled or picked up by the hold till date.

When an item is placed on request, the system will try for 365 days to get you the next available copy of the item. After 1 year, the hold will cancel if it has not been filled. Be sure that you cancel the request if you no longer need the item.

You may have up to 30 items on request at one time.

You can renew materials online through the “My Account” link.

Please Note: The new renewal date will be 3 weeks from the date of renewal (1 week for DVD/VHS). It is recommended that you print a copy of your account after renewing. You may also renew via our tele-messaging system by calling (866) 290.8681 or by calling your local library branch.

Most items can be renewed twice (some restrictions apply):

  • Items on request for another person cannot be renewed.
  • Items already overdue must be renewed by library staff.
  • Items which have already been renewed 2 times cannot be renewed again.
  • While DVD/VHS items can be renewed, your account will be charged $2 + tax for each renewal.

Most items are not charged a fee to checkout, though we do charge for the following:

  • DVD/VHS $2 + tax (per title)
  • Rental Books: $0.25 per day (not available at all locations)

DVDs and VHS items can be checked out 7 days, while all other items can be checked out for 3 weeks.

You may have a total of 30 items checked out at any given time.

You can use your Kern County Library card at any library in the San Joaquin Valley Library System, which includes public libraries in Coalinga-Huron, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Porterville, or Tulare counties.

We have a Computer Use Only card which can be issued. There is no charge for this card, but you must have some form of Photo ID. The Photo ID must include your first and last name.

If you are unable to provide proof of California Residency, we offer an Out of State Library Card with checkout privileges. This Out of State Library Card has an Annual Fee of $25 due at the time of registration.

We will ONLY accept the following as proof of identity for a regular Library Card:

  • DMV-issued Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Border Crossing Card
  • Mexican Matrícula Consular Card
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Prison ID
  • Permanent Resident Card

We will ONLY accept the following as proof of residency:

  • California-Issued:
    • Driver’s License or ID
    • Car Registration
    • Mortgage / Rent / Lease Agreement
    • Temporary CA Driver’s License or ID
  • US Military ID
  • Utility Bill with California address (current last 30 days)
  • Checkbook (imprinted with a California address)
  • Following California documents when presented with a recently delivered piece of mail:
    • Employment ID
    • School ID
    • Assistance: WIC, Food Stamps
    • Check Cashing Card

All California Residents are eligible for a FREE Kern County Library card. (Proof of identity and residency are required.)

However, if you already have a card in Fresno, Coalinga-Huron, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Porterville, or Tulare counties, you will not be able to receive a Kern County Library card. Your current Library Card in one of those counties will work here in Kern County, as we are all a part of the San Joaquin Valley Library System.