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OCHS library collection

Collection Details

OCHS library collection held at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The library holds a collection of some 20,000 volumes received mainly by donation concentrating on the study of Hindu culture, religion, languages, literature, philosophy, arts and society.

History and development

The OCHS library was founded in 1997 with a small number of donated volumes.The collection reached its present size with major donations from J. A. F. Roodbergen, Shaunaka Rishi Das, Hridayananda Dasa Goswami Tamal Krishna Goswami, and Mr Ramesh Chauhan, Bisleri Water, India.


Areas of strength include Sanskrit grammar, poetics, philosophy, theology, comparative theology, and religions studies

General arrangement and access regulations

The library is open by appointment. It is intended to support undergraduate and post-graduate researchers from Oxford University and the wider international research community as well as students enrolled in courses offered by the OCHS Continuing Education Department.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

South Asia.

Languages of material

Bengali, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil.


Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, History, Language, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Women.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material), Audio materials (includes cassettes & CDs), Books, Serials.

Total size of collection

5,000 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has risen.

Annual intake

Approximately 500 volumes.

Content date range

1736 to present

Co-operative agreements

  • Partner in the Digital Shikshapatri project along with the Bodleian Library.

Collection Catalogue Information


The stock is gradually being added to the Oxford University online catalogue OLIS.

Catalogue transliteration schemes

Library of Congress

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