Pauma Library

About the Library

Library Mission Statement: The Pauma AA’Alvikat Library exists for the benefit of the Pauma/Yuima Band of Luiseno Indians and the surrounding tribal community, Non-tribal community, of all ages, for personal enrichment, enjoyment and educational needs. The library is dedicated to providing practical access to all forms of information and cultivating the desire to learn in people of all ages.

With more than 5000 items that include adult, children, and juvenile fiction and nonfiction books and videos, a full reference collection, a special collection that includes American Indian, California Indian, and Local and California History, the library is well suited to assist in the development, engagement, and support of current and future generations. AA’Alvikat Library catalog is available online. Visit to search all the available fiction, nonfiction and children’s book as well reference materials available for check out.

The Library also hosts and takes part in various community activities including:

  • Literacy Classes
  • Native Tribal Garden
  • Computer Classes
  • Archives
  • College level Native American Book Collection
  • Tutoring
  • Personal Finance Classes
  • Organic Vegetable Garden
  • Cultural Classes
  • Indigenous Language Support, and many others.

In all, the library is working to improve members’ lives in all facets. From the late 1980s to now the Pauma Library has grown with the tribe. Originally housed in one room that acted as a college classroom, library, afterschool program, and counselor’s office, the library now occupies a four room building with full time staff serving the tribe. Early volunteers and workers paved the way for the operation that exists now.

The library is grateful to the Tribal and General Council members who have supported the library throughout its history. Without the vital participation of Palomar Community College, California State University, San Marcos and San Diego County Libraries, surrounding tribal communities, and the Institute of Museums and Library Services none of the growth present could have taken place.


Opening hours

  • Monday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday
  • Sunday