Library offers curbside service

Off the Shelf

By CHARISSA WAGNER, librarian

Beginning Monday, June 1, the Kern County Library is entering a phased reopening with the operation of our Call Center at Headquarters.

The Call Center will be able to help with requests the public may have, signing up customers for the online Summer Reading Challenge, and more.

Beginning June 15, the Kern County Library is launching curbside services at seven branches across the county — including the Ridgecrest Branch Library. Service will be offered Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. at 131 E. Las Flores Ave.

Curbside services will include pickup of requested items, pickup of genre “grab bags” which include titles selected by our library staff, grab and go lunches (at select locations), pickup of printouts, and customer return of materials. Additional services, including research services, faxing, and more will be carried out through the Library’s call center at 661.868.0701, email at info@kernlibrary.org, and social media communication at facebook.com/KernCountyLibrary.

For the safety of library staff and community members, public access to library buildings by the public remains temporarily suspended at this time and the Library will not be accepting any physical donations. Customers are encouraged to continue returning materials at library bookdrops across Kern County.

Returns will not reflect immediately on customer accounts due to the Library’s three-day quarantine process of materials, which will preserve the safety of staff and community members.

Due dates on materials previously checked out have been extended to July 2, 2020.

The Library’s digital collection, including access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming content, and more remains available for customers across the County at kerncountylibrary.org/elibrary. Digital library cards can be applied for online and expired cards can be renewed at kerncountylibrary.org/contact.

Story First Published: 2020-05-29