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Our Mission:

Community through Literacy.

We believe that literacy is the cornerstone to a functioning, thriving community. We believe that literacy takes many forms in many languages. And we believe that through our library, we can rally our community in support of literacy.


Our Mission

The mission of the San Bernardino City Library Foundation is to make sure that our public libraries continue to be places where everyone in the community can gather, learn, grow, and interact.

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Our Impact

Since 1995, the San Bernardino City Library Foundation has provided the San Bernardino Public Library system with the financial support it needs to provide new books for patrons, offer free tutoring for all academic levels, provide patrons with access to ebooks and audio books, and provide innovative programs like a Makerspace and the American Girl Doll program.



Thousand Dollar Upgrade

Patrons and librarians benefited from a major technology upgrade that included new computers and new servers.



Years Serving Libraries & Patrons

Community members created the Foundation when they realized the vital need for libraries and the limited resources to fund them.



American Girl Dolls Checked Out

The American Girl Doll kits allow children to check out an authentic American Girl Doll, clothes, character book, and a journal to write their own adventures.


Our Programs

The Foundation supports a wide range of programs and services above and beyond what the city budget funds:

  • American Girl Doll program

  • Brainfuse

  • Overdrive

  • Makerspace

  • Computer/Technology upgrade


American Girl Doll program

Children can check out an American Girl Doll kit, which includes one of several ethnically diverse dolls, a carrying case, accessories, a book about the doll, and a journal. The program provides an engaging learning experience that provides a glimpse into different time periods in American history through each doll’s story and a chance for children to write about their own adventures.

Technology Upgrade

The Foundation donated more than $306,000 for a multi-year technology upgrade that provided patrons and librarians with new computers and new servers so everyone in the community has access to current technology.


Brainfuse provides free, online tutoring to anyone with a San Bernardino Public Library card. Live tutors are available every day for grades kindergarten through college in a variety of subjects. Brainfuse also provides online writing assistance and live help for language learners.


Overdrive allows library patrons to checkout ebooks and audio books from the comfort of their home, office, or anywhere with only their library card, an internet connection, and the free Libby software. This option is especially important for patrons who may have mobility or transportation issues or may be hearing impaired.


Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved today.

  • Become a Foundation member for just $25 a year

  • Join the Board of Directors to help guide future projects

  • Donate in support of one or more of our programs

Call (909) 381-8211 to learn more.


Visit Your Local Library

Visit your local library branch to see the amazing programs and materials they offer and to find out what their biggest needs are.

Volunteer opportunities

The Foundation can’t continue without dedicated volunteers. Consider becoming a Director or volunteering to help in the office.

Make a Donation

Any amount can make a difference. You can even designate your donation for a specific program or library branch.