South Asian Core Collections

The South Asia collection at EFEO Central Library in Paris includes: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan.
This collection mainly focuses on classical research in religion, philosophy, religious history, art and religious iconography, archaeology, epigraphy, studies of source material, ancient history, and to a lesser extent, social sciences.

The collection expanded according to fields of research of EFEO researchers, such as Jean Filliozat, Suzanne Karpelès, François Gros, N.R. Bhatt, Françoise l'Hernault, etc.
Nowadays, it consists of approximately 21,000 documents in Western and Eastern languages (mainly in Sanskrit and Tamil), 133 titles of periodicals mainly in English language (including 22 current titles), more than one hundred manuscripts, a hundred maps, some rubbings and works of art (Tibetan figurines), and approximately 19,000 photographs (available for consultation at EFEO Paris photo library).

Since 2011, approximately 5,000 monographs and 50 titles of periodicals were deposited at BULAC (the following fields are in deposit according to documentary policy: literature and linguistics, Tamil studies, law, economics, sciences).
Collections of the Library of Pondicherry EFEO Center, which focus on Tamil and Sanskrit philology, archaeology, art history and epigraphy of South India, are also available in our online catalogs.

Contact: Maïté Hurel, head of the South Asian collection

EFEO News
EFEO Field Scholarships - 2nd Semester 2021
22 March 2021
The deadline for submitting an application to an EFEO Field Scholarships for Master and PhD students enabling a field study in Asia at one of the EFEO centers is set to the 22th of March 2021. READ MORE
Exhibition
Pondicherry, India, 19 January 2021
The exhibition "The Five French Settlements in India as Recorded in Eighteenth-Century Plans (1673-1824)" will take place from 19th January 2021 to 28th January 2021 at the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP).
Jointly organised by IFP, the Alliance française de Pondichéry and the EFEO Centre in Pondicherry, this exhibition, conceived and realised by Jean Deloche, will be held as part of the Pondicherry Heritage Festival 2021.
This exhibition is an introduction to the history of the old French establishments in India and an inventory of their vanished monuments.
Covid-19 Information: new procedures of the library
Paris, France, 14 January 2021
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Asian Treasures of the EFEO
Paris, France, 12 January 2021

Discover "Les paysans de la forêt à travers le regard d'un ethnographe: le fonds photographique de Jean Boulbet au Sud Vietnam, 1947-1963" presented by Catherine Scheer and Isabelle Poujol, 1st video of the series "Asian Treasures of the EFEO" created to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the EFEO!
Paris EFEO Seminar
Paris, France, 11 January 2021
Christophe Marquet (EFEO) speaks on: "Interroger les images populaires japonaises : Leroi-Gourhan versus Yanagi" [Questioning popular Japanese images: Leroi-Gourhan versus Yanagi]. This seminar is part of the sequence Images: objects and sources of the seminar ASIES of the master "Études Asiatiques".

From 10.30am to 12pm. The conference will take place online upon prior registration.
Once registered you will receive the elements to log in (seminar link and password). READ MORE