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The South Asia Studies Seminar Room

NOTE: BECAUSE OF ONGOING CONSTRUCTION IN THE LIBRARY, THE PHYSICAL FACILITIES ARE TEMPORARILY REALLOCATED AND THE RESOURCES HAVE BEEN SHIFTED.

The South Asia Reading Room, on the fifth floor of Van Pelt, houses a collection of reference works as well as the South Asia Art Archive. Regular classes in South Asian Studies are scheduled in this area, along with special arrangements of viewing material from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection. The South Asia Seminar Room is generally used by students and scholars working on South Asian material and resources.

The reference materials consist of encyclopedias, indexes and catalogs of resources and collections pertaining to South Asia, at the University of Pennsylvania and at other institutions. Books to be placed on reserve for instruction or frequent use may be temporarily assigned to the carrels in the Seminar Room.

The South Asia Art Archive consists of over 115,000 photographs and more than 4,000 color slides of Indic architecture, painting and sculpture. Among other collections, the Archive contains the holdings of the Center for Art and Archaeology of the American Institute of Indian Studies in Gurgaon, India and is open to all who are interested in the study of Indian art.

Location Room 551
5th Floor, West, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Capacity/Seating
There are four tables each seating four persons, with additional seating at each of the six carrels. There are also an additional six 'lounge' chairs in the periodical/newspaper area.
Collection Policy Materials in the South Asia Seminar Room are all non-circulating.

The South Asia Art Archive, containing over 115,000 photos of temple sculpture and architecture, is also housed in the South Asia Reading Room. For access to this collection, please see or contact Pushkar Sohoni, South Asia Studies Librarian, (215) 898-7460
Room Use Policy The room can be scheduled for seminar classes either for the semester or one-time use by contacting Pushkar Sohoni, South Asia Studies Librarian, (215) 898-7460.
Facilities There is one computer workstation which connects to the online catalog, databases and the internet. There is one ethernet connection located on the north wall in the middle of the room.
Contact Pushkar Sohoni, South Asia Studies Librarian, (215) 898-7460