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Open Access Resources for International Area Studies

This guide provides links to FREE and open scholarly content arranged by country.

Open Access in India

India has been a leader in promoting Open Access initiatives in South Asia. Following the Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002), Indian researchers and information activists published the Delhi Declaration on Open Access in 2018. The OA movement  in India has focused primarily on scientific and medical research and is currently working to make Open Access the default publishing framework for India by 2025. However, the Indian government has also promoted OA initiatives in the humanities and social sciences. Its most important contributions for South Asian Studies have been the creation of National Digital Library of India and Shodhganga: a Reservoir of Indian Theses. State governments, religious institutions, and private research institutions have also developed OA repositories of important archival and literary materials in Indian regional languages. The field is rapidly growing and new resources are becoming available all the time. 


Andhra Pradesh Press Academy

Rare and out-of-print digitized copies of Telugu periodicals, pamphlets, annual publications, and other occasional papers.

Indian Academy of Sciences

Offers 12 open access science journals published by the academy and its digitized annual conference proceedings.

Jain E-Library

Online collection of Jain scriptures, Jain manuscripts, Jain dictionary, Jain encyclopedia, Jain articles, Jain magazines, and ancient and contemporary Jain books in English, Hindi, Gujarati, and other languages. Catalogues of Jain manuscripts of various Jain libraries add to the diversity of this collection.

National Digital Library of India

Largest repository of digitized book collections from major government, university, and research libraries across India. Texts available in over a dozen of the major Indian regional languages.

National Mission for Manuscripts

Digitized copies of reference works, catalogs, and histories related to Indian manuscript holdings across the country. The main focus is on Sanskrit manuscripts.

Shodhganga: A Reservoir of Indian Theses

 Digital open access repository platform of 260,000 Indian electronic theses and dissertations.

undarayya Vignana Kendram

Premier Research Library located in Hyderabad, India. Hundreds of digitized Telugu, Urdu, and English books and periodicals with a focus on leftist movements.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams E-Library 

Online collection of over 1,000 digitized works published by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Includes titles related to Hindu philosophy, ritual, linguistics, history, and editions of classical works in Sanskrit and Telugu poetry. Languages of publication include Telugu, Tamil, English, and Sanskrit among others.