The mission of the Dr. Fernando Escalante Community Library and Resource Center is to be a place that promotes and preserves Yaqui knowledge and culture, inspires community members to continuously achieve higher levels of education, and enhances personal/community development to enrich and improve the quality of life for all Yaqui people.
The goal of the Community Library and Resource Center is to enhance library services on the reservation in order to support literacy and education achievement and to promote the preservation of Yaqui culture and heritage. Intergenerational activities and partnerships with schools, the local public library and programs within the Education Division will promote reading and create literacy connections between schools and families living on the reservation.
The Dr. Fernando Escalante Community Library opened on February 18th 2009, and provides service to the members of the Pascua Yaqui Community. There are over 3,500 items in the CLRC available for circulation. Among these items are books, CD’s and DVD’s. The CLRC also houses the Hiaki Collection, which is a collection of books from various authors that chronicle the Yaqui culture and heritage. The Hiaki Collection has more than 350 items that are marked as reference only, but all are welcomed to view the collection in the CLRC.