The university library has excellent printed and electronic resources that support teaching and research in the South Asian studies. The vernacular materials in South Asian are housed in the Asian Library at the third floor of Main library while titles in western languages are located in the main stacks and departmental libraries. There are around 135,000 volumes in vernacular languages that include books and serials in Assamese, Bengali, Burmese, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Prakrit, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and other dialects. The primary focus of the South Asian collections is on humanities and social sciences and is strong in the areas of linguistics, literature, geography, history, Indology, philosophy, religious studies, cultures, societies and women studies.
The Reading room in the Asian Library contains a good collection of reference works and a selection of current serials in English and South Asian languages. By providing vernacular and reference materials and service, the South Asian division of the Asian Library directly serves departments such as Linguistics, Religious Studies and Comparative Literature and other areas under the Centre for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES). The English language material supports teaching and research of other departments including history, music, art and architecture, political science and business studies.
A large selection of South Asian videos and DVDs are housed in the undergraduate library, while music CDs are available in the Music Special Collection. Reference service and orientation is provided at the Asian library, and patrons can find the language specialists who can assist them in using the collections and services. Most of the books and journals are acquired through the South Asia Cooperative Acquisitions Program (SACAP) from the Library of Congress offices at New Delhi and Islamabad. The library collection has grown steadily with gifts from the government of India and individuals, and substantial library acquisitions. Cooperative and exchange agreements exist with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Digital South Asia Library (DSAL) and South Asia Microfilm Project (SAMP). The CRL has large numbers of South Asian newspapers and journals, and acquires local and state government publications, both monographs and serials, from all the South Asian countries. SAMP is a cooperative project to which the library subscribes. It places an emphasis on the preservation of retrospective files and in making available in the United States special South Asia collections from other countries. Microforms acquired or filmed are owned by CRL, but are available for loan to SAMP subscribers. Suggestions for new books and serials are always welcome and may be forwarded to the South Asian Studies Librarian - Dr.Rajwant Chilana