Kern County Library expands digital access, all branches to remain closed through April

April 8, 2020 /

The Kern County Library announced it has expanded access to their digital collection to the public and extended closure of all branches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, the Library will be closed March 17 through May 1,” the Kern County Library website says.

During the closure, Library card holders can now take advantage of the following additional digital services:

  • The expansion of Hoopla with Hoopla Engage, which allows community members without a Kern Library card to checkout 2 books for FREE. 
  • The addition of Bonus Borrows on the Hoopla platform. Titles in the “Bonus Borrows” section do not apply towards a library card holder’s total checkouts.
  • A temporary increase in normal borrows on Hoopla. During our closure, checkout have increased from 3 to 6. 
  • An Instant Digital Access Card on OverDrive. Through verification of residency using a phone number, residents can gain digital access to the OverDrive platform without applying for a library card.
  • Ability to apply for an eLibrary card at the Kern County Library website. In the past, Kern Library cards had to be obtained in-person at our branches. During this time, it is possible for residents to apply for an eLibrary card through the contact form on our website. eLibrary cards have access to all online resources.
  • Zip Books service is still usable. Residents can make a request for a title not in collection (which includes nearly all titles during closure) using their library card, and the title will be shipped via Amazon to their house.

Related story: ‘Virtual Library Fun’: Kern County Library closure doesn’t stop staff from providing services online.

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