Law Library News and Updates

Kern County Law Library 

Beginning September 7, 2021, access to the library will be available by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Per the amendment to Emergency Local Rule #2 effective September 7, 2021, face masks are required for all customers, regardless of vaccination status.


Appointments are for research and document preparation by the library customer only, and law library staff are prohibited by statute from preparing your legal documents for you, or providing legal advice.  You should visit to view listings of local attorneys if you need legal advice or assistance preparing legal documents.


Appointments will be available in one-hour slots, starting at 9AM and ending at 3PM.

Each customer is limited to one appointment per day.  Please Click Here to Read the Proposal for Reopening for the Kern County Law Library approved August 11, 2021, which includes clear statements of rules for library access.

Click on the “Book an Appointment” link at the top of the page to book a one-hour appointment.

You can download a Request for Reasonable Accommodation Form, if necessary.



We recommend you check this page to see if your matter might qualify for simplified or “Summary Probate Procedures.”

If you would like to register for our upcoming Summary Probate Workshop via Zoom, CLICK HERE. You should receive an email confirmation that you are registered with a link to join the workshop on October 19, 2021.

If you can’t attend the Zoom workshop, you should check out THIS VIDEO of the full presentation of the Summary Probate Workshop, recorded in August of 2021.  You will want to download the Supplemental Documents for Summary Probate Slideshow which accompany the presentation.


(661) 868-5320



1415 Truxtun Ave, Rm. 301 Bakersfield, CA 93301



8am – 5pm
8am-3:30 pm

Appointment-Only Access available on Tuesdays & Thursdays – see above 

Kern Law Library

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Services Available

NOLO Books

We now have Nolo books available online. If you are looking for information on what to file, how to file, when to file, or a particular issue in your case, Nolo Online is a great place to start.

How to Expunge your Record

Advice regarding the correct procedures for filling the type of Expungement you have. Information applies to filing in Bakersfield only and includes which forms to use and where and how to file.

Small Claims

Information for people looking to make a claim in small claims courts. Please note, attorneys are not allowed in small claims court and the maximum you can sue for is $10,000.

Civil Harassment

Procedural guidance and forms for people seeking to file a civil harassment restraining order.

Unlawful Detainer

Unlawful Detainers are the process one goes through in order to evict someone. We have separate pages for landlords and tenants, including the procedures for legal eviction and what to do if you have an unlawful detainer given to you.

State Prison Library Requests

A list of several organizations who offer help to inmates and prisoners to secure library requests including the PLO, which also offer resource guides on topics such as conditions, parole suitability, immigration, and criminal law information.

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