History of the Ridgecrest Branch Library
Ridgecrest Branch traces its beginnings to 1939, when a few shelves of books were kept in a store in the community, which at the time only had 15 private homes. From 1943 to 1945, the library was located in the home of Mrs. Patricia Furrer on Ridgecrest Blvd. By January 1950, the library relocated to its first separate building. The Navy base at China Lake nearby was growing rapidly during the 1940s and 1950s. A permanent county library facility was dedicated on September 16, 1956. By the late 1970s, the building was too small to house the materials needed and lacked enough space to accommodate the large groups of children who came for programs. A new 7,500 square-foot building was dedicated in 1978 in a complex of county buildings. In the 1980s and 1990s, there were a series of cutbacks. The Navy base at China Lake closed its library, which increased demand for the Ridgecrest Branch Library’s services. The Ridgecrest area continues to grow and be a vibrant and supportive community of library users.
For more information, read the eBook Kern County Library, A Century of Progress.