The Shang Shung Institute of America offers an extensive library of educational resources on Tibetan culture. The facility accommodates intimate learning, contemplative study groups, calligraphic and paper making workshops, as well as Massage Therapy and Tibetan Medicine classes.
The library serves as gateway to the Archive Project, one of the most important assets and responsibilities of the International Shang Shung Institute. The aim of the Archive Project is to collect, preserve and make available documents relating to Tibetan culture in all of its aspects. There are four sections: Library, Photo, Audio and Video. It contains over twenty five thousand documents.
The Library contains over nine thousand texts and journals in Oriental and Western languages. The collection was put together by Professor Namkhai Norbu, who, in over thirty years of research, collected ancient manuscripts and prints in the Tibetan language, many of which are the only copies extant. Of particular importance is the rare collection of Dzogchen texts which is one of the most complete in the world.