Barking Dog Library
Welcome to PIMC’s Barking Dog Library
This is a library created to serve the needs of a Buddhist sangha and serious practitioners, with a much greater depth of scholarly and obscure offerings than can be obtained in the county library system. As an Insight Meditation sangha, PIMC is pleased to offer a thorough collection of books emphasizing the Thai Forest Tradition, Vipassana practice, and Insight Meditation. In addition, our catalogue also includes volumes addressing the full range of Buddhist philosophies as well as the full range of practitioner levels, from beginner to advanced.
After more than two years of closure, the PIMC Barking Dog Library officially reopened on Sunday, July 10, 2022.
Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, PIMC now has a vibrant, modern Buddhist lending library with over 2,000 volumes on mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism. Special thanks go to Had Walmer (who started the library originally), Alezah (a professional librarian who gifted our library with a modern, online catalogue), Connie (our current head librarian, who labored for months to finish cataloguing books, develop procedures, and train volunteers), and all the dedicated folks who supported Connie during the library re-vamp.
The Barking Dog Library is open when the center is open for retreats and group meetings.
Request a Library Card
When the librarian sets up your account, you will receive a username based on your email address and a 3-digit password.
Locating Items for Check-Out
You can locate items by browsing our online catalogue, Library Cat, on your phone or computer, or by looking around in the Barking Dog Library. When visiting the Barking Dog Library in-person, there is a document on the wall titled “Locating Items in the Barking Dog Library” that lists the Library of Congress Classification System locations by number and area in the library.
Please wait until you have the physical book or item in hand, and that the barcodes match, before clicking on the blue check-out button.
Once you have an item in your hand, follow the “Getting Books From The Barking Dog Library” instructions posted on the library wall.
Please return borrowed items within 30 days. Drop the item into the returns/donations basket located by the library door in the back of the PIMC Living Room.
The library accepts books, CDs, videos and pamphlets under the subjects related to mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhism. Due to limited space, we are not accepting magazines or newspapers. If you know of someone who is accepting books or magazines, we have many available. Please let the librarian know.