Harvard-Yenching Library

Tibetan Collection


Tibetan studies at Harvard are centered in the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies and in the Harvard Divinity School. Tibetan-language library materials are held by both the Harvard-Yenching and Widener libraries, and all can be located through romanized records in HOLLIS. New publications from China, India, and Tibet are added regularly and are supplemented by a growing collection of older materials on CD-ROM. The Tibetan Collection at Harvard-Yenching Library has historically centered on Buddhism, but there are also some holdings in history and literature. Strengths of the collection include printings of the 17th and 18th century editions of the Kanjur and the Tanjur.

Questions and comments, including requests for materials and inquiries about how to use the collection, may be directed to James Cheng, Acting Librarian for the Western-Languages Collection, via e-mail or at 617-495-3327. James Cheng oversees the Tibetan Collection as well as the Western-Languages Collection.

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Requesting Materials

  1. not in HOLLIS
  2. in HOLLIS, listed as "ordered/received" or "on order"

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