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Traditional and Digital Library Holdings at UVa

Digital Libraries

tibkakhaSince the 1990s, UVa has also been at the forefront of developing new digital library technologies, collections, and approaches. With the launching of the Tibetan and Himalayan Library (THL) in 2000, UVa has emerged as a global leader in using new technologies to promote innovation in Tibetan Studies and in engaged scholarly approaches to Tibet. Read more…

Tibetan Collection Librarians

The University of Virginia Library is one of the few institutions with a full-time librarian dedicated to the Tibetan collection. Nawang Thokmey has worked as the Tibetan collection specialist at the Library since 1996. It is through the continued efforts of Nawang as well as South Asia Collections leader, Philip McEldowney, that the Tibetan collection continues to grow. Read more…

Tibetan Literature

The UVa Library has one of the best collections of Tibetan literature and secondary literature on Tibet in the world. Built from the late 1960s and developed continually, the Tibetan Literature Collection is held in a secure area in the second floor of Alderman Library. The Collection is remarkable not only in its extent, but also in its accessibility for browsing by patrons. Read more…

Secondary Literature

In addition to housing one of the nation’s leading collections of Tibetan-language publications, the University of Virginia Library is home to a vast collection of English-language scholarly materials on Tibet. With over 2,300 books alone, the Library provides ample and up-to-date sources relevant for Tibetan Studies and research on Tibet. Read more…