The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users. This project builds upon a two-year pilot project funded by the Association of Research Libraries’ Global Resources Program with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants in the Digital South Asia Library include leading U.S. universities, the Center for Research Libraries, the South Asia Microform Project, the Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation, the Association for Asian Studies, the Library of Congress, the Asia Society, the British Library, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, MOZHI in India, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in India, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in Nepal, and other institutions in South Asia.

The original Web design for the Digital South Asia Library and the Digital Dictionaries of South Asia was by Rebecca Moore.

Further details on the project as outlined in the grant proposal are available in PDF form or HTML form. The proposal for the first phase of DSAL is available in HTML form.

Participants in the South Asia Information Access project for DSAL can find planning documents and reports here: Participants.

Cataloging information for adding DSAL resources to local catalogs and opacs can be found here: Catalog records.

Reference Resources

Scholarly reference books and a link to full text dictionaries at Digital Dictionaries of South Asia (DDSA).

Bibliographies and Union Lists

Electronic catalogs and finding aids for dispersed resources and collections.


Photographs are arranged in databases organized by the original collections.


Includes periodical indexes and document delivery mechanisms.


Catalogs of maps and maps themselves, ranging from historical to topographic.

Books and Journals

This section includes pedagogical books, general scholarly titles, journals and newspapers.


Statistical information from the colonial period through the present, available in a variety of formats.

Other Internet Resources

A link to SARAI, South Asia Resource Access on the Internet.


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A proposito dell'autore

Laureata in Storia presso l’Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia con uno studio sulla società longobarda dell'Italia meridionale nell'Alto Medioevo, ha conseguito la Laurea specialistica in Archivistica e biblioteconomia presso lo stesso Ateneo con una tesi sulle biblioteche digitali per gli studi medievistici. Autore di Storia Digitale | Contenuti online per la Storia: blog-repertorio che dal 2007 si propone di monitorare e selezionare iniziative e progetti presenti nel web utili agli studi storici.

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