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Collection South Asian Digital Collection

About this Collection

The South Asian Digital Collection features selected books, serials, and manuscripts related to the present-day countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. All items in this digital collection are freely accessible online. This digital collection includes items in South Asian languages (e.g., Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Urdu) as well as items relevant to South Asia in English, French, German, and other languages. Researchers will find materials about colonialism in South Asia; vernacular literature; religion and philosophy; grammar and linguistics; the rebellion of 1857; American and European accounts of travel in colonial India; and many other subjects in the broad field of South Asian studies.

Additional information on South Asian materials at the Library of Congress is available through the South Asian collection research guide. Manuscripts in this collection are from the South Asian Rare Book Collection, which is accessible by advance appointment in the Asian Reading Room. To schedule an appointment, please contact reference staff through Ask a Librarian.

For questions about South Asian materials at the Library of Congress, please contact reference staff through Ask a Librarian.