The South Asian studies collection at the University of Michigan Library covers the following countries: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sikkim (now a part of India), Sri Lanka, Tibet (for Buddhist studies), and, to a lesser degree, Afghanistan. Since many of these countries, or portions of them, were for extensive periods of time colonies of Portugal, France, and Great Britain, there are large overseas South Asian communities within the former colonial states. Similarly, there are significant immigrant populations in several other countries, including the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and the Caribbean Islands. South Asian studies also encompass these communities in the former colonies.
Materials on and from South Asia defined in these very broad terms are acquired and catalogued by the South Asia Division. Although within this broad view there are variations in degree of coverage or emphasis on particular countries and disciplinary interests, the study of India and Indians remains the prime interest and importance.
285,000 monographic titles in various formats 1,700 current serial titles (vernacular and Western languages). A large collection of maps is housed in the Map Library.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet (Buddhist Studies).
English, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Tamil, Tibetan, Bengali (not currently collected); Classical languages: Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, Persian, Arabic.