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A summary of Yale University Library's South Asia Collection, which includes material from and about Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Himalayan region, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
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Collection strengths

Yale University Library's holdings of materials on South Asia are strongest and/or fastest growing in the following subject areas:

  • the history of western involvement in South Asia
  • Independance-era India (ca.1947)
  • modern literature in English and Hindi
  • classical Sanskrit and Pali literature
  • religion (especially Pali Buddhism, Jainism, and Christian missionary activity)
  • Bollywood movies
  • Art history
  • agricultural and forestry material (Subject Guide)
  • the Himalayas (Subject Guide)

Materials in other areas, while not as heavily represented, are also actively collected: law, economics, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, religion (Islam, Hinduism, etc), and philosophy. 


Where is the South Asia Collection?

The South Asia Collection is spread across the entire Yale University Library system.  Search In ORBIS for material in the following locations:

  • Divinity Library: material about Christianity and missionary activity in South Asia


Librarian for South Asian Studies

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Sterling Memorial Library, room 210
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Mail: PO Box 208240
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Tel: (203) 432-7795
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