Finding Resources at the Ginsberg Library

Finding Articles

Research Databases

 Search dozens of general and specialized collections of full-text articles and citations, representing the contents of thousands of journals and other periodicals. 

Online Journal Locator

 Find out if a particular journal is included in one or more of the databases we subscribe to.

Interlibrary Loan

 If all else fails, our staff will obtain a copy of the article you need from another library.

Finding Books


Naropa's library catalog.

EBSCOhost E-Book Collection

This collection of full-text electronic books replaces netLibrary and provides access to over 3,000 books*. Check out this Libguide created to help you use your eBook collection. *When you are finished using your selected eBook, please close out your browser session, so that other users may access the content.

University of Colorado Boulder Library

The catalog for the libraries at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Students and faculty can borrow books from Norlin Library with a voucher from Naropa.

Boulder Public Library Catalog

You can get a Boulder Public Library card if you have a current Colorado mailing address.


A catalog of books and other materials held by thousands of libraries worldwide.

Google Books

Search the full text of millions of books, see previews of many of those books, and read scanned copies of books whose copyright has expired.

Interlibrary Loan

If all else fails, our staff will get you the book you need from another library.

Altered Books

Most of the 174 artists' books at the Portland Public Library (which inspired our own Altered Books Project in Fall 2007) have image links, like this one. Find one or more that grab you, and request them through interlibrary loan. Library staff will be glad to help!

Finding recordings

Naropa University Digital Archives on CONTENT dm

Naropa University is funding an ongoing effort to preserve all institutional audio and video. This continually growing resource contains approximately 2,000 audio recordings and once complete will contain over 11,000 audio and video recordings from our institutional archives. Enter the Naropa University Digital Archives.

The Naropa audio tape collection consists of over six thousand tapes of events at Naropa University over its forty year life span. These tapes 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.

Previous digitization efforts by the Naropa Audio Archive Project and can be accessed at online at the Internet Archive, which contains approximately 800 audio recordings.

The Naropa video tape collection includes over 1000 videos of Naropa events, including readings, theater productions, lectures, graduations, and student performances. The collection continues to expand.

Binders in the library list the audio and video tapes. In addition, tapes digitized by the Audio Archive Project can be found in HOWLcat, the library catalog. Select "archival audio materials" in the Type drop down menu to limit your search to digitized materials.

Chögyam Trungpa Recordings

The library has a collection of Chögyam Trungpa audio recordings available for checkout.

Audio and video recordings of Chögyam Trungpa, including some of events that took place at Naropa, may be purchased from the Shambhala Shop.

Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Collection

The Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi Collection highlights the activities and interdisciplinary knowledge of the founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement. The physical archive from which the digital collection is derived contains 5,000 manuscript pages, 500 audio cassettes, 500 photographs, 50 VHS tapes, and 25 posters and advertisements covering subjects as diverse as Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, spiritual eldering, interreligious dialogue, psychology of religion and paradigm shift. The digital collection includes audio recordings.

Other Resources Available

Requesting Research Assistance

One on one research assistance is available for all students, faculty, and staff. These sessions are made by appointment by contacting staff at Faculty wishing to have Information Literacy Instruction offered in their classes should contact the library at

For brief questions, please contact us here: Ask a Question 

The Legacy of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Naropa University

A guide to library resources related to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and our extensive collection of Trungpa Rinpoche recordings. 

Special Collections 

The Special Collections room at the Allen Ginsberg Library holds a variety of valuable resources, including signed books and limited edition chapbooks. Please see our Special Collections page for more information.

Naropa Masters Thesis

You should contact library staff at to learn how to access theses by students from Naropa's masters programs, because the majority of them are only available on-site. However, there are exceptions, such as Strategic Presence: The Effect of the Tibetan Buddhist Chaplain's Presence on the Family's Process during End of Life Medical Feeding Decisions, by Donald Stikeleather. 

Naropa Writing Center

The Naropa Writing Center provides support for a variety of writing assignments, and also offers assistance with citations and formatting. For more information please email or visit their Writing Resources page here.

View course catalogs for Naropa University and the Naropa Institute from 1977 through the present in PDF format.

Institutional Review Board 

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are federally mandated panels that review research conducted by organizations in the US to assure compliance with regulations designed to protect study participants, also called human subjects.  If you do research with human subjects, it is important that you read and familiarize yourself with these IRB requirements. All faculty, staff, and students at Naropa University who do research with human subjects need to understand and follow the guidelines. 

Please visit MyNaropa. Under the Student drop-down menu, click on Institutional Review Board for more information. 

Free Research Resources

Directory of Open Access Databases

Open Access on Project Muse

Google Scholar

HathiTrust Digital Library

Wikipedia List of Free Resources

Google Books

Internet Archive Text Archive

The Online Books Page

Open Research Library

Open and Free Content on Jstor (different from the Jstor we subscribe to, available on our databases page)

Historical U.S. Newspapers Guide


Local Libraries with Online Resources:

Boulder Public

Longmont Public

Denver Public Library

Jefferson County Library

Westminster Public Library