Started with the founding of the Institute in 1955 and developed in close collaboration with the IFP's researchers, the library has a rich and varied collection relating to the domains of Indology, Social Sciences and Ecology. Its primary geographical coverage is India and more generally South Asia. As of today, the collection consists of 70 000 books, 460 theses, 1700 articles, 450 reports and 760 journals of which 133 are received currently.



The library catalogue contains the library’s collection of books, journals, theses, articles etc. It supports search and display of Indian-language books in the original scripts.



The Institute’s research staff, doctoral students and interns have access to thousands of e-resources (journals, books, databases, indexes) via the BibCNRS and N-List portals. The library is also a member of DELNET (Developing Library Network) which provides inter-library loan and document delivery services.


Although the library’s primary function is to serve the Institute’s staff, it also welcomes outside readers who are engaged in serious research and study, particularly post-graduate students, researchers and academics. The collection attracts research scholars and students from India and abroad. Admission is free of cost.


  1. Borrowing privileges are reserved for the Institute’s staff. Other readers are welcome to consult books in the reading room.
  2. Access to electronic resources and inter-library loan facilities are also reserved for the Institute’s staff.
  3. Photocopies can be made on a payment basis. Old and/or damaged books are not photocopied.
  4. The library reading room has wi-fi and plug-points for the use of laptops.


The library has digitized some of the rare books in its collection, including completing a project for the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library, in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles. See EAP 191: Strategies for archiving the endangered publications of French India (1800-1953)


Barbara Harriss-White, FAcSS is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies, Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. The fonds reflects her activities as a researcher, her fieldwork in India and other Asian countries, and her role as a teacher and director of Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford.

Our Team

ANURUPA NAIK (Chief Librarian)

K. RAMANUJAM (Librarian – Social Sciences)

R. NARENTHIRAN (Librarian – Indology)

G. SARAVANAN (Librarian – Ecology)