Holloway-Gonzales Branch Library, 2004

History of the Holloway-Gonzales Branch Library

The Holloway-Gonzales Southeast Community Branch (also known as the Holloway-Gonzales Branch) has a unique history that precedes its opening on Brundage Lane on February 9, 1975. Previously, the only permanent collection available to local residents was at the Carver Y, a YMCA facility which closed in the 1940s. A library bookmobile made scheduled stops at various places in the community and provided a limited supply of books and other items. In 1970, the Sunset Mayflower Progressive Group asked the Kern County Board of Supervisors to establish a branch library in Southeast Bakersfield. The request was widely supported by the community. In 1973, the Board of Supervisors allocated funds for the construction of the branch. The branch was named to honor Ruth Love Holloway and Raymond Gonazales, two teachers whose lives had significant impact in the community. The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held in April 1974. For nearly 40 years, the Holloway-Gonzales branch has served as a center for activity, education, inspiration, and hope in Southeast Bakersfield. It remains a proud monument of the pride and “can do” attitude of early supporters.


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