San Manuel Band of Indians Donates $40,000

San Manuel Band of Indians Donates $40,000

San Bernardino

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians made a generous donation to the Friends of the San Bernardino Public Library (SBPL) last month. 

The SBPL said the funds will be used to purchase library books for the four city libraries of the San Bernardino Public Library system. According to Library Director Edward Erjavek, “The donations go a long way to promote education and early literacy to San Bernardino youth and their families. This longstanding partnership with San Manuel is a noteworthy example of community organizations coming together to help San Bernardino thrive.”

With the donation, the library plans to purchase an estimated 2,000 books for readers of all ages in various genres and subjects, including some in Spanish. Books purchased with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donation can be identified by the name of the tribe stamped on the blank page when you open a book as well as in the library’s public access catalog where it will read, “Purchased by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians” along with the first letter of the respective library’s name receiving that copy.

This is not the first time the San Manuel Band of Indians has made generous donations to SBPL. In 2015, the group donated $40,000 for library books and in 2017, they donated another $45,000. 

“On behalf of the Friends of the San Bernardino Public Library, the Library Board of Trustees and the City of San Bernardino, we would like to thank the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for their generosity to help us provide more literary resources to the public,” Erjavek stressed. To access the catalog of books purchased by this donation visit the library’s website at

Information about SBPL, directions to its four library locations, hours and resources can also be found at or by calling (909) 381-8201. 

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