The Great Stupa Library was the vision of Lama Yeshe­ who saw the Library as a vital part of The Great Stupa. His Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraged us to develop the Library as a centre to encourage wider research, study and discussion on Buddhism, science and other religions and contemplative philosophies (see the Library Mission Statement below).

The Great Stupa Library was established in 2016 with a focus on Buddhism, Science and interfaith harmony. In 2022, the Stupa received funding from the Victorian State Government to build a new library inside the Great Stupa. This together with an endowment from the Ribush family, enabled the library to be officially opened in April 2023.


A Library Advisory Committee provides governance and direction for the Library. The members of the committee are: Jon Breukel (BA, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Lib) – Alison Ribush (former Director of Tara Institute and Mandala Books); and Barbara Rozmus (BA, Grad Dip Lib, Grad Cert Mngt), a professional librarian who currently oversees the library.


As outlined in the Mission Statement, the Library encourages study and research in the areas of Buddhism and the interface between faith and science, world religion and interfaith dialogue,  by making its resources and facilities available to scholars, researchers and the public. The Library aims to provide:

  • collections and facilities free to the public
  • resources in a variety of formats, including print, multimedia and digital
  • archival material and collections of cultural significance
  • research material relating to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion
  • online cataloguing of its collection, freely available on the web
  • research and study areas
  • display and exhibitions areas

If you wish to use the Library, please fill out this Membership Application to activate your membership. All members must read and agree to the Membership Loans Policy.

Opening hours:
11:00am to 3:00pm Tuesday and Thursday

Make Tax Deductible Donations to the Great Stupa Library Here:


Direct Deposit:
If you wish to leave a donation for The Great Stupa Library via a direct deposit, the bank details are below.

Donations made to the library that are $2 or more are tax deductible; if you require a receipt for your direct deposit please email:

Account Name: The Great Stupa Library Limited
BSB: 633 000
Account Number: 161 956 750
Reference: General donation


For enquiries regarding the Great Stupa Library,
please email: or call +61 3 5446 7568.

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