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Southern Asia Resources at the University of Chicago
There are over 700,000 volumes related to Southern Asia in the University of Chicago Libraries, covering all the languages and dialects of South Asia.

The University of Chicago's library catalog can be accessed from

Titles with unusual call numbers, such as P-U-2006334115, will be in the "South Asia Arrearage" on the 5th Floor of the Regenstein Library. Come to JRL564 between 10am and 5pm and we will help you locate the book.

Official Publications of India
The Library houses one of the world's most extensive collections of official publications of India. These are government documents related to colonial South Asia and Burma. The University's holdings include more than 20,000 volumes of the complete set on deposit from the British Library. The Library maintains a searchable database of the Official Publications of India.

Southern Asia Reference Collection
The Southern Asia Reference Collection is located in the northeast corner of the 5th floor of the Regenstein Library. Examples of what you will find here: dictionaries for South Asian languages, atlases, catalogs of collections of South Asian manuscripts and other materials; a nearly complete set of South Asian censuses and gazetteers; current issues of journals and newspapers related to South Asia. These materials do not circulate except by special permission of the Bibliographer. Materials in the Southern Asia Reference collection are noted as such in the library catalog.

Map Collection
Located in Room 370 of Regenstein Library, the Map Collection holds hundreds of maps on all parts of South Asia. Many of these are filed by area, and not cataloged.

Special Collections
Many old and rare books related to South Asia, such as travelers' accounts, are found in the Special Collections Department. Its archives include papers of prominent South Asia scholars.

South Asia Language and Area Center (SALAC)
The South Asia Language and Area Center (SALAC) is located in Kelly Hall 103. In addition to a collection of resources for K-12 educators (including a large number of Amar Chitra Katha comicbooks), South Asia Outreach has a collection of nearly 500 documentary and feature films that are available for borrowing by University of Chicago faculty, staff and students and by the general public. The films are cataloged in a searchable database.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
Center for Research Libraries (CRL), located at 6050 S. Kenwood Avenue, is a consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent libraries. We work closely with CRL, most notably on the South Asia Microform Project (SAMP), a collection of more than 23,000 scholarly publications, newspapers, and government documents. Resources from CRL can be accessed by visiting their facilities or through Inter Library Loan (ILL). South Asia Microform Project (SAMP) holdings can be located in CRL's online catalog.