South Asian Collections at the University of Toronto Libraries
The University of Toronto Library system, the largest in Canada, is currently ranked third among academic research libraries in North America, behind Harvard and Yale. The research and special collections comprise almost 11.5 million print volumes, nearly 5.5 million microform volumes, more than 17,000 journal subscriptions, and a rich collection of manuscripts, films, and cartographic materials. The Library also provides access to approximately 900,000 electronic resources in various forms including e-books, e-journals, and digital text collections. The Library is committed to working with the Centre for South Asian Studies to ensure that its resources reflect the teaching needs and research strengths of the University in this area.
In 1968, Library partnered with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Book Programme to ensure that monographs and journals in South Asian Studies published in India reached library shelves at the University of Toronto. These materials, along with those acquired through a relationship with Library of Congress established in the 1990s, are primarily in the languages of the region including Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Tamil, and Urdu, as well as in English. There are currently over 120,000 print volumes, including encyclopedic and multi-volume works, and over 150 journal subscriptions. In addition, the library has over 200,000 volumes on South Asian studies from around the world in English and other European languages. Library collections and e-resources can be accessed via LibGuide to South Asian Resources.