Special Collections

The Special Collections room at the Allen Ginsberg Library holds a variety of valuable resources, including rare and signed books. You can see descriptions of specific collections below, or ask a librarian for more information.


Policies and Request Form for Materials


Many of our Special Collections items are searchable in our library catalog, Howlcat. To make arrangements to view materials in special collections, please email library@naropa.edu.

The library no longer makes personal copies of audio or video recordings in the collection. 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 audio recordings 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

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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 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.

A catalog of a large number of these texts has been created by Naropa graduate Justin Phillips, as a gift to the library and future students. These cataloged texts include: Treasure of Precious Troves compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great (1813-1889); Jik-ling Bo-gu, the Collected Works of Jig-me Ling-pa; the Nyingma Gyubum (Tsamdrak Gon edition);  the Kan-jur (the first part of the Tibetan Buddhist canon); the Prajna Paramita; a collection from Longchenpa; and more. To view the collection, please make an appointment by emailing library@naropa.edu.

Click here for a PDF of the catalog, created by Justin Phillips.

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 here.