James A. Blumenthal Library at Maitripa College

James A. Blumenthal Library at Maitripa College 2017-10-12T09:32:38+00:00
The James A. Blumenthal Library at Maitripa College currently holds over 4,000 titles in print and multi-media materials. Approximately 3,700 titles are English books, and additional titles include videos of teachings and films, audio media for Tibetan language study, magazines and journals, as well as Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Chinese works. In order to fulfill Maitripa College’s mission of offering a world-class enlightened education for the 21st century, a world-class research library is essential. Based on acquisition lists developed in consultation with internationally respected professors of Buddhist studies, we are now actively building our collections. We estimate that the College's library will ultimately house 20,000 volumes, becoming a lending and research facility that will meet the highest standards of electronic, archival, and print resources for the use of our students, faculty, and local community for many years to come.

Maitripa College Research Library

Hours: Enrolled Students

Currently enrolled full-time students may access the library Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM during the school semester; call or email for access in summer.

Hours: Public

Community members and Public (non-members) patrons are encouraged to make an appointment at library@maitripa.org

Community Membership

Maitripa College offers Library Community Membership for non-program students and members of the general public. A donation of $25 gives you full access to our print and online collections, as well as borrowing and reserve privileges for an entire year. Your contribution goes directly to our growing Library fund, supporting the Library’s mission of becoming a world-class Buddhist Studies research library here in Portland. We welcome you to come and enjoy this great resource of Buddhist philosophy, meditation, history, and language and support its important development.

Become a Library Community Member

Library Policies

  • Complete policies and patron user guide available on site and here (click to download and print; PDF format)
  • Enrolled students, faculty and staff faculty, and staff have access to the collections of print materials, multi-media, online research databases and reserve materials with current College ID
  • 1-year Community Membership with $25 donation to the Library Fund
  • Checking-out materials must be done with staff member
  • Lost or damaged items are charged $10 plus replacement cost
  • Overdue notices are sent via email
  • The library is available to the non-member public during restricted hours for non-circulation (on site) use. Please contact library@maitripa.org for more information.

Borrowing and Circulation

  • Books are available for 1 month
  • Audio & video materials & periodicals are available for 1 week
  • Reserve materials are available for 2 hours
  • All materials can be renewed 3 times consecutively
  • To renew or place holds: Email library@maitripa.org

Access the Library Catalog

Library Catalog

JSTOR: Online Research

If you have already established and activated your MyJSTOR account you may go directly to www.jstor.org and select “Login” at the top of the page to enter JSTOR with your username and password. You may access JSTOR via this account from any location.

If you have not established and activated your MyJSTOR account, please enter your password below and follow the instructions. Please email library@maitripa.org to obtain the password if needed.

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Support the James A. Blumenthal Library at Maitripa College

Please consider supporting new acquisitions for the Library by visiting one of our Wish Lists available through Alibris and Biblio (click on the buttons below). By purchasing books from one of these lists, you are helping to build a library at a Buddhist institute devoted to rigorous study, community service and meditative practice. Book donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law, and accompanied by immense gratitude!

Alibris Wish List
Biblio Wish List

Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact library@maitripa.org to volunteer in the library.