One of the major initiatives in the area of reference materials that the Shastri Institute facilitates is the India Studies Library Programmme. The Library Programme acquires current Indian publications for scholarly and public use in the libraries of the member institutions. The programme is funded through grants received from the Government of India and is looked after by the Library Programme Advisory Committee (LPAC).
The libraries of SICI’s three founding members, the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia, act as resource libraries. They house extensive research collections that are available on loan to scholars throughout Canada. The other members act as support libraries, acquiring material on a more limited scale to support their individual India Studies programmes. Institute policy forbids the use of its funds to purchase rare or antiquarian materials in India.
Subjects covered under the library program included vast topics with the humanities, sciences and social sciences. The reference materials provided include publications in print and non-print (mainly CDs) and are mainly in English with some vernacular languages including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskri and Urdu.
If you are a Canadian Scholar looking for resource materials on India we suggest contacting the LPAC representative at your institution for more information on the resources we provide. To find your representative please click here.