The South Asian Collection acquires and preserves material from and about South Asia, in European languages and in the languages of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan. The South Asian Collection is particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences.
Scholars across campus, in the community, across the nation, and worldwide whose interests focus on our particular strengths
The Collection aims to be comprehensive in both classical Indian disciplines, such as Indology, and in publications from and on the countries which distinguish Cornell among its institutional peers: Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
Since 2009 the South Asian Collection has been an active partner in cooperative collection development efforts at both local and national levels. Research level collections of South Asian materials in the humanities and social sciences in particular are either held at Cornell or are made available to Cornell faculty and students through strategic partnerships with other institutions that lead in the field of South Asian Studies.
Materials in Sanskrit, Nepali, Sinhala, and Bengali (from Bangladesh) are collected near-comprehensively. Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Oriya, and Bengali (from India) are collected at study level with a particular focus on publications in the social sciences. We also collect at near-comprehensive level in other languages of the countries we specialize in, such as Tamil from Sri Lanka and Newari from Nepal. We collect selectively in other Indic languages such as Gujarati, Marathi, and Rajasthani, as demand or occasion arises.