Latse has a unique collection of resources comprised of print and digital materials, multimedia, and other holdings drawn from sources worldwide. Our holdings include over 7,000 several thousand journals, newspapers, and magazines, as well as a unique collection of non-print materials.

GENERAL COLLECTION

Latse’s library collection is comprised of publications on Tibetan culture, society, history, art, and literature from around the world and in three languages: Tibetan, Chinese, English. Our collection focuses on resources for the study and understanding of modern Tibet, but we also have considerable holdings in classical literature, histories, and earlier Tibetan studies classics. Our holdings include catalogs, bibliographies, and indexes; dictionaries, encyclopedias, and glossaries; rare,out-of-print early travelogues on Tibet; language texts and learning aids for Tibetan language; Tibetan medicine resources and almanacs; resources on fine and decorative arts and photography; classical and contemporary literature and literary theory; histories and biographies; government documents and publications; early Chinese Communist Party and PRC government publications in the Tibetan language on government policy, ideology, and political systems; and so on.

CHILDREN COLLECTION

Our collection of children’s books is the most comprehensive outside of Tibet. Comprised of some 1,000 volumes in Tibetan, English, and Dzongkha, the Children’s Collection reflects the breadth and variety of juvenile literature in Tibetan language and/or with Tibet-related content. From picture books to dictionaries to textbooks, Latse’s collection is a treasure for reader and researcher alike. Latse also has Tibetan educational games and other resources for childhood language learning. Latse also has Tibetan educational games and other resources for childhood language learning.

RARE BOOKS & RESOURCES

Latse Library has a notable collection of rare, out-of-print books, as well as unpublished manuscripts and writings. Special holdings include the Geshe Chödrak Dictionary (དགེ་བཤེས་ཆོས་གྲགས་པའི་བརྡ་དག་མིང་ཚིག་གསལ་བ།)—the first Tibetan woodblock print book in a Western format—and glossaries from the 1950s; early Chinese Communist Party and PRC government publications in the Tibetan language on government policy, ideology, and political systems; thousands of photos, slides, and digital images documenting culture and society from the early twentieth century to the present; calligraphy samples, contemporary paintings and prints, posters, pamphlets, and postcards.

PECHA & RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The library has a special collection of pecha, traditionally formatted Tibetan books, along with Western-format religious texts and recent scholarly works on the subject of religion. Notable holdings include:

  • Pecha of woodblock prints, including rare texts from monasteries in Amdo;
  • Religious histories, monastic histories, and biographies;
  • Sungbum (གསུང་འབུམ།) / collected works;
  • The Derge edition of the Kangyur and Tengyur and the Comparative Edition of the Kangyur and Tengyur.

AUDIO-VISUAL COLLECTION

The library’s periodicals collection comprises a wide and unique variety of publications. Our holdings of over 200 different titles from around the world feature: research, literary, folk art, and cultural journals; zines and journals produced by monasteries, student groups, and private individuals; pictorials published during the 1950s–1970s.

PERIODICALS

The library’s periodicals collection comprises a wide and unique variety of publications. Our holdings of over 200 different titles from around the world feature:

  • Research, literary, folk art, and cultural journals;
  • Zines and journals produced by monasteries, student groups, and private individuals;
  • Rare Tibetan-language journals 
  • Pictorials published during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

ARCHIVES

GESHE NORNANG COLLECTION

In 2010, Geshe Nornang of Seattle, Washington, donated a large portion of his personal collection of texts and resources to Latse Library. Geshe Nornang’s donation reflects a lifetime of teaching and research, as well as strong ties to the Tibetan and Tibetan studies communities. In addition to books, journals, offprints, and pamphlets in Tibetan, English, and Chinese, there is a fascinating variety of other materials, including book manuscripts and drafts, film reels, and newspaper clippings about Tibet from western newspapers from the 1950s on, and decades-worth of highly detailed class notes. The collection also includes dozens of phonograph records of recorded Tibetan conversation that formed the basis of his Modern Spoken Tibetan. An avid advocate of traditional Tibetan music, the collection also includes numerous songbooks and sheets of musical notation. The Archive is currently being processed. Please write to us for access.

TAKTSER RINPOCHE COLLECTION

In 2009, Latse Library received the personal library and papers of Taktser Rinpoche, Thubten Jigme Norbu, as a donation by his widow, Kunchok Yangkyi. Among the mainly Tibetan and English books are some rare, out-of-print volumes and unpublished manuscripts. The collection also includes photos, slides, film reels, and negatives, which provide valuable insight into Taktser Rinpoche’s public, personal, and family lives. The materials also serve as important documentation to the experiences of the Tibetan government and Tibetan society in recent modern history. There are also quite a number of notes and correspondence. The Archive is currently being processed. Please write to us for access.
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