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About the Library

History of the Allen Ginsberg Library

On July 3, 1994, Boulder Mayor Leslie Durgin proclaimed the day to be Allen Ginsberg Day. The new library was dedicated in a ceremony in Allen’s honor, with poetry readings, tributes, and seven Buddhist monks chanting blessings.

“Beats and Other Rebel Angels: A Tribute to Allen Ginsberg,” a ten-day literary conference, was the center of Naropa’s twentieth-anniversary celebrations in that year.

Reporters came from as far away as Sweden, England, and Japan to see Ginsberg friends, musicians, poets, activists, and artists including Cecil Taylor, Amiri Baraka, Philip Glass, Ken Kesey, Robert Creeley, Marianne Faithfull, Ed Sanders, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Meredith Monk, David Dellinger, and Francesco Clemente.

Estimates were that as many as ten thousand people attended the events of the week, including many young Generation X’ers.

Giving to the Library

Policy for Book Donations (Gifts-in-Kind)

Due to an extreme shortage of space, as well as limited staffing and funding for the evaluation, selection, and processing of donated books, the library must be very selective regarding donations of books. Please speak with the library director before making a donation.

Making a Monetary Contribution

The Allen Ginsberg Library would be extremely grateful for your financial support. Gifts are used by the library to support book purchases as well as other library and archives projects and improvements.

For all donations, we request that you use Naropa University’s online donation form. Please be sure to choose “Areas of Greatest Need,” and then you will be able to add additional instructions for your gift. 

Thank you so much!

Library Information


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Allen Ginsberg Library is open
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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

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