About the Library

When the Ananda University of Living Wisdom’s (formerly Ananda College) undergraduate program first began at the Ananda Meditation Retreat campus in 2003, we began collecting books on Higher Consciousness, Science, Spirituality, Yoga Philosophy, World Religions, esoteric wisdom traditions and more.

Over the years, several noted Science and Consciousness authors have contributed their publications to the library.  Our goal has always been to have a library that would serve the unique and emerging field of Consciousness Studies.

The Library’s New Home

library shelves

When the campus briefly moved to Oregon in the fall of 2012, we were able to have space enough to create a full library.  David (Byasa) Steinmetz served as the library’s founder and helped to establish the library’s catalogue (Library of Congress) and computer system. In December 2014, the library was moved back to California.

Tmoving the libraryhe library is now located at Rajarshi Park in Ananda Village, Nevada City, CA.  The library currently has more than 5,000 books and new titles are added monthly.  Our long-term goal is to have the Library of Higher Consciousness housed within one of the University’s facilities that will be located on the campus adjacent to the Ananda Village community.

A Library Beyond the Internet

The Internet has given us the ability to access information quickly and easily but the availability of quality information and research on Higher Consciousness is often difficult to find.   Many books in the library contain a wealth of information and esoteric knowledge that does not exist on the Internet.  The esoteric knowledge contained in many books is not searchable or is difficult to distinguish from the morass of misinformation surrounding it.  We also have authors who would like to contribute their books to the library, but we will need additional resources to collect and conserve more materials.

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Would you like to see the Library of Higher Consciousness become widely accessible? If so, we invite you to become a Friend of the Library of Higher Consciousness.  You can make a tax-deductible donation today to help us to build and expand the library.

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