Library Resources

The Van Pelt Library of the University of Pennsylvania has an extensive collection of South Asian texts and films which can be borrowed for use in classrooms by following the procedures described below:

Obtaining print materials (primarily books)

To locate items of interest, first search library catalog, Franklin. This is a standard library online catalogue and searching it should be straightforward. For those items in our collection which circulate (the catalog record will make this clear), you can make note of the work and submit it to your local library’s interlibrary loan office and they will be able to process the request. Should you encounter any problems, feel free to contact our South Asia bibliographer, Pushkar Sohoni, or call at 215-898-7460.

Obtaining Films & Documentaries

Our films (both feature and documentary) are fully catalogued and are all available through our interlibrary loan system. If there is a film or films in our video catalogue that interests you, please request those through your respective library's interlibrary loan office. For those of you not affiliated with an institution of higher learning, you could make use of your local public library to place the loan request.