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Special Collections

The Special Collections room at the Allen Ginsberg Library holds a variety of valuable resources, ranging from rare and signed books, slides, and art work, to a unique and important collection of audio and video materials.


Policies and Request Form for Materials

You may view or listen to copies of Naropa Archive recordings (videotapes, audiotapes or CDs) either in the library or by checking them out for a 1 week period.

To request a listening/viewing copy of material that has not been digitized by the Archive Project, please download this request form, fill it out COMPLETELY, and return it to the library. Blank forms are also available in the library. The Collection Management Librarian or other library staff will let you know when the copy is ready for check out. Please allow at least 14 days, since we will have to make a listening/viewing copy if one is not available.

The library no longer makes personal copies of most recordings. We will make 1 personal copy of a performance for people who were in the performance. There is a $3.00 charge for a CD or DVD, payable when the patron picks up their copy. The $3.00 charge does not apply if you provide a clean blank disc. Please note that some recordings include more than one tape/disc, and the charge is per disc, not per recording.

Books, manuscripts, and other materials in Special Collections may only be used in the library under staff supervision, by appointment
Naropa University Recordings

The Naropa audio and video collection consists of over ten thousand recordings of events at Naropa University over its forty year life span. These items record seminal events in the world of education and the arts, including important writers, teachers, and religious leaders. The collection grows every year, as new conferences, the Summer Writing Program, and visiting faculty workshops and lectures are recorded and added to the collections. The entire collection has now been converted from analog to digital and the Library and Archives is working diligently to make these items available to the public. To access what is currently indexed and available please go to our Find Recordings page or click here to enter the open archive.

To access items that have been digitized but are not currently indexed in our open archive, please contact the Director for Library and Archives to discuss access options.

Chögyam Trungpa Recordings

The library has a collection of Chogyam Trungpa videorecordings available for checkout. These items are cataloged and can be found in HOWLcat, the library catalog.

Audio and video recordings of Chogyam Trungpa, including some of events that took place at Naropa, may be purchased from the Shambhala Shop by going to their website at http://www.shambhalashop.com/.
Tibetan Collection

The Tibetan Collection is a library of 2,200 volumes, containing many thousands of individual texts, housed in the shrine room at Paramita Campus. Many of these texts were acquired through the PL480 publishing initiative of the U.S. and Indian governments. Others have been donated.

The collection includes a complete set of the Indian texts regarded by Tibetans as the Buddha's teachings as well as a complete set of the Tibetan translations of the commentaries composed by Indian masters. It also includes texts written by Tibetans from all of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the Bön religious tradition of Tibet as well as non-religious works on literature, grammar, medicine, and the arts.
Small Press and Chapbook Collection
The Small Press and Chapbook Collection includes over 1,000 poetry chapbooks, small press periodicals, and other items related to Naropa's Writing and Poetics program. Many were created by Naropa faculty or visiting artists such as Ted Berrigan, Robert Creeley, Diane DiPrima, and many others.
Reb Zalman Legacy Project
The Reb Zalman Legacy Project was a collaborative effort of the Yesod Foundation and Naropa University to preserve, develop and disseminate the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, better known as "Reb Zalman," an innovative leader in ecumenical dialogue and founder of the Jewish Renewal and Spiritual Eldering movements. This archive was later moved and is now the property of CU Libraries. For more information, visit their website at http://www.rzlp.org/.