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Serials on South Asia

The primary location for serials (journals and magazines) on South Asia is the Van Pelt Library. The Museum Library and the Fisher Fine Arts Library are the primary libraries for Anthropology/Archaeology and History of Architecture/Art serials on South Asia respectively. A large number of less frequently used serials are now also located at LIBRA (Penn Libraries Research Annex). Serials are accessible in either electronic or paper formats. In the interests of space and to avoid duplication, the library will not subscribe to both formats, unless an exception is to be made for very specific reasons. Serials can be found in the Current Periodicals sections of all the Libraries. Some titles are in the South Asia Seminar Room. The bound serials are integrated in the general collections - literature (mainly call numbers PK and PL) on the third floor, religion and the social sciences on the fourth floor (in call number ranges B and H), and history on the fifth floor (DS). In addition, specialized disciplines such as epigraphy and numismatics will be in their respective call number ranges (CJ and CN). The library catalog (Franklin) mention the location of the item.

The record in Franklin will make it clear if a title is located at LIBRA or any of the other libraries and materials can be recalled by using the Place request button at the top of the Franklin record. Large runs of serials can be consulted at LIBRA itself by appointment. Please contact the LIBRA staff for assistance.

Serials on South Asia in our collections are published throughout the world and are not limited to titles published only in South Asia. We acquire serials published anywhere on and about South Asia, including diasporic literature. For a more detailed description of our books selection policies, please see our Collection Development description for South Asia.

For further information about our book policies: or 215-898-7146.