Asian Studies at the International and Area Studies Library

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About the Collection


The University Library was one of the first subscribers to the Library of Congress foreign acquisitions program for South Asia and has been actively collecting South Asian materials since 1963. Today the South Asian Collection is comprised of over 210,000 volumes.In addition to its many books and journals, the library has a growing collection of Indian popular media, especially films. The library also has the most comprehensive collection of Indian comics and graphic novels in North America. 

Primary Focus:

The primary focus of the South Asian Collection is on the humanities and social sciences. And, as a result the South Asian collection is strong in the areas of:

  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Indology
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Cultures
  • Societies
  • Women Studies


The South Asian Collection contains materials in both English and vernacular languages of South Asia, including the 23 languages of India. By providing reference materials in vernacular languages the South Asian division of the International and Area Studies Library directly serves departments such as Linguistics, Religious Studies, Comparative Literature and other areas under the Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES).

Below is a sampling of some of the languages the collection holds:

  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Burmese
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada 
  • Kashmiri
  • Konkani
  • Malayalam
  • Manipuri
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Oriya
  • Pali
  • Prakrit
  • Punjabi
  • Rajasthani
  • Sanskrit
  • Sindhi
  • Sinhalese
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu


The South Asian collection also holds materials in the English language. The English language materials support teaching and research in departments such as History, Music, Art and Architecture, Political Science, and Business Studies.

For more information on languages included within the South Asian Collection please visit our Language Learning Resources page.


Most of the collection's books and journals are acquired through the South Asia Cooperative Acquisitions Program (SACAP) from the Library of Congress offices in new Delhi, India and Islamabad, Pakistan. The library has also grown steadily with gifts from the government of India, individuals, and substantial library acquisitions.

Cooperative and exchange agreements exist with numerous libraries and organizations: