The Kettleman City Branch was established on December 4, 1930. It was located in the store of Ennis T. Shankland. On August 15, 1938 the library moved to a building donated by the Standard Oil Co., for the use of the Boy Scouts. On February 11, 1959, the library moved to its first permanent building. The building cost $9,000, was constructed of cement blocks, and had 1,200 square feet of floor space. In January, 1991 the library moved to its present location in the Kings Government Complex. The new building has 3,500 square feet and was partially financed by the Library Services and Construction Act.
Kettleman City was founded in the 1930's due to oil in the Kettleman Hills. It is a census desiginated place in Kings County. Before oil it was mainly an agricultural community. Agriculture is still important there. Many large farms surround the town. Kettleman City has a school, county fire station, and Chamber of Commerce. Many travelers stop to rest off off Highway 41 and the I-5.