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The South Asia Collection in Kroch Library supports research and teaching in various disciplines at Cornell. Here South Asia comprises India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

The Library collection is particularly strong in areas where Cornell’s South Asia Program, a National Resource Center, has distinguished itself. As a “center for the peripheries,” it collects actively in the modern languages taught here, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Nepali, Sinhala, and Tamil, as well as the classical languages Sanskrit, Pali, and the Prakrits.

South Asia Collection

Cornell University Library celebrated the historic visit of the Dalai Lama to Ithaca, New York in October 2007 with Bridging Worlds: Buddhist Words and Works, an exhibition and lecture series.

Painting of Padmapani Lokesvara

The South Asia Program (SAP) is an interdisciplinary hub for Cornell students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic visitors. It has over 50 affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges, professional schools, and in the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

SAP has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title VI, South Asia National Resource Center (NRC), one of only seven in the US. Cornell offers 9 languages:  Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Sinhala, Sanskrit, Urdu, Pali, and Tamil.

Handmade cover and editorial page of the 'little magazine' Ezra.

In 2015 two eminent figures of Indian poetry in English, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and Adil Jussawalla, donated their personal papers to the Cornell University Library. Their gifts significantly enrich the Library’s South Asian resources. A one-day symposium with Arvind Mehrotra and invited scholars took place in September 2017, along with a Library display on mid-century Bombay.


Films, MIlls and Poets:  Mid-Century Bombay (Online Exhibit)