Contact Information
  • : Wen-ling Liu
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E860
  • Phone: (812) 855-9695
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 2/4/2011

Tibetan Studies

Tibetan Studies encompass the language, literature, and culture of Tibet. Areas covered include history, religion, philosophy, linguistics, literature, folklore, social life and customs, education, the arts, and traditional medicine. IUCAT provides the best search for most formats including DVDs, books, pechas, maps, and journals. See the Resources link on this page for select materials available online.



The Tibetan Studies print collection, with some exceptions,  is located on the 9th floor of the Herman B Wells Library. At over 7,000 volumes, the collection is the only fully cataloged easily accessible collection of its kind in the country, and it is among the largest collections. Much of it is available here because of the work of E. Gene Smith for the Library of Congress's P.L. 480 program.  Mr. Smith, the founder of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) , died in December, 2010.   Material from India, Nepal, and Bhutan is augmented by important collections and monographs published elsewhere in Asia. Edited and translated works as well as selected reference works are included. For online access to many of the same texts and additional materials, click the link for the TBRC under Resources on the left side of the page.

In addition,  books and journals related to Tibet in many languages including Tibetan shelve primarily in the Research Collections in the Wells Library. Selected reference tools such as guides to the literature and dictionaries shelve in the Reference Collection in the Wells Library.  Search IUCAT for these materials.

To search IUCAT for New Titles, use this:

 Bya-ra: A Tibetan Research Database,  a bibliographic database for Tibetan-language academic articles published in the People's Republic of China  was originally developed at Indiana University , and is available online at the Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library. See Tibetan Studies Resources for this and other online resources.

Tibetan Studies at IU is part of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. Indiana University is home to the  Antoinette K. Gordon Collection of Tibetan Art (part of the "Campus Art" collections; choose from among the Asian art categories -- objects are identified as GORDON.) See the Central Eurasian Studies subject page at left for additional information and links. See Notes from the Archives at the left side of the page for historical information about collections at Indiana University, and some locally relevant collections in the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

last updated: 2/4/2011