The Center for South Asia Libraries (CSAL) functions in the United
States as a not-for-profit corporation composed of American academic member
institutions and governed by an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee
is composed of librarian representatives from member institutions, elected to
office for periods of three years on a rotating basis; South Asian studies scholars
elected for a period of three years by the member institutions; and a permanent
member designated by the Center for Research Libraries.
Academic institutions become members of CSAL by payment of the annual membership fee. The Center for
Research Libraries serves as a special permanent member of CSAL, without payment of annual dues.
In South Asia, sister institutions become affiliated with CSAL at the invitation of the membership.
Relations with the U.S. parent body are governed by memoranda of understanding between CSAL and the
The focus of activities by South Asian sister institutions varies
based on mutually determined local needs and strengths of library resources
in those South Asian locales. To date, CSAL maintains formal engagements with
three research facilities operating in South Asia: the Roja
Muthiah Research Library (Chennai), the Urdu
Research Centre at the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram (Hyderabad), Urdu Documentation Centre (Hyderabad), and
the Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (Kathmandu).
Further, there is a close working relationship with the Library
of Congress Field Offices in New Delhi and Islamabad.
For American scholars and students engaged in sponsored research and fieldwork
in these cities, all three of these CSAL facilities provide full access to vast
and unique local research collections, as well as research and logistical support
including guesthouse accommodations, a strong network of local contacts, and
The Center for South Asia Libraries' operations in South Asia also
provides logistical and infrastructural support as needed for the other American
overseas research centers in the region (most notably, American
Institute of Indian Studies, American
Institute of Pakistani Studies, American
Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, American
Institute of Bangladeshi Studies). Beyond the three existing CSAL facilities,
agreements are now in preparation for similar arrangements with the Centre
for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and we are exploring a range of
institutional settings and collaborations for expansion in Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
and Bangladesh. A link has been established with the National Library of Bhutan
and further connections there are being explored.
For more information on the Center for South Asia Libraries please contact:
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