Over 39000 books, 73 current journals. A collection that is among the richest in South India in the domains of Indian literature and grammar (primarily Sanskrit and Tamil), sastra-s (i.e. traditional disciplines, including philosophy), religion, art, archaeology and epigraphy, astrology and traditional medicine etc.
Some of the noteworthy sections in the collection are: The art and architecture section that includes books on temple art, architecture and iconography, particularly of South India; the Sanskrit literature and Tantra sections that contain several rare editions ; the Tamil section that includes books on classical and modern Tamil literature, grammar, religious literature, history, sociology etc.
The Indological collection of the IFP is deemed to be one of the largest French collections in the field of Indology.
Over 10500 books and articles, 440 reports and 43 current journals devoted to ecology, forestry, agroforestry, botany, palynology, pedology, cartography, agronomy, environmental studies, climatology etc. Includes a comprehensive collection of books on forest ecology in South India, especially in the Western Ghats.
The collection is also rich in books on Indian flora, Indian medicinal plants and mangroves.