The collection ranges from introductory undergraduate texts to more specialized monographs. The aim has been to provide materials relevant to all branches of Buddhist thought, although the greater concentration is on Mahayana, and India. The collection is least strong with respect to Zen Buddhism and Japan.
History and development
Buddhism was introduced as a subject in taught courses in 1970, from which date the Library began to collect relevant publications to support teaching and research in the field.
Mahayana. Buddhism in India.
General arrangement and access regulations
The Library has a simple unique classification system, geared towards the undergraduate courses. The categories are very broad. Books on Buddhism fall into the section on non-Judaeo-Christian religions (Section 11). They are arranged mainly by author.
Subjects of the
Regions of Asia
Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, South Asia, South East Asia.
Burma, China, India, Nepal, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet.
Languages of material
Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Religion, Sociology, Women.