How to find South Asian books abroad

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NOTE: This page has not been updated since 2002 and is no longer being maintained.


This document is based on information from the soc.culture.indian FAQ and suggestions from readers of the SASIALIT mailing list.

(Please pardon the US-centrism of these suggestions. Analogous methods would work in the UK, Canada and many other countries.)

In rough order, here are the places I look when I'm trying to track down South Asian books:

  1. The online catalog of the local university library. Two online services which you can use to look up most university libraries are Hytelnet and the Ecola directory:
        gopher://liberty.uc.wlu.edu/11/internet/hytelnet
        http://www.ecola.com/college/library/
    
  2. An online bookstore. You may prefer to buy locally, but an online bookstore can be a quick way to find out whether a title is commonly available. Some online book services recommended by SASIALIT readers include:
        http://www.amazon.com
        http://www.barnesandnoble.com
        http://www.bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/
        http://www.amazon.co.uk
        http://www.powells.com
        http://www.bookpricer.com
        http://www.abebooks.com
        http://www.21northmain.com
    

    Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble have over a million titles; Blackwell's and Amazon UK (formerly Bookpages) are based in Britain; Powell's offers used books as well as new; BookPricer does price comparisons among a number of bookstores; and Advanced Book Exchange (abebooks.com) and 21 North Main are networks of rare book dealers.

  3. Other major library online catalogs. The goal here is to track down publication information: an exact title and author (if you're unsure of them), publisher and year, and if possible an ISBN number (the unique identifer used by the book trade). Online catalogs of libraries with major South Asian collections include:
    The Library of Congress      http://catalog.loc.gov/
    The New York Public Library  http://catnyp.nypl.org
    Universities:
      California (Melvyl system) http://www.dbs.cdlib.org/
      California (Berkeley)      http://pathfinder.berkeley.edu/
      Chicago                    telnet://library.uchicago.edu
      Columbia                   telnet://columbianet.cc.columbia.edu:2003
      Cornell                    telnet://ez-cornellc.cit.cornell.edu 
      Duke                       http://www.lib.duke.edu/online_catalog.html
      Harvard                    telnet://hollis@hollis.harvard.edu/
      Hawaii                     telnet://uhcarl.lib.hawaii.edu
      Iowa                       telnet://oasis.uiowa.edu
      Michigan                   http://mirlyn.web.lib.umich.edu/
      Minnesota                  telnet://pubinfo.ais.umn.edu/
      Pennsylvania               http://www.franklin.library.upenn.edu/
      Syracuse                   http://libwww.syr.edu/summit.htm
      Texas at Austin            http://www.lib.utexas.edu/
      Virginia                   http://virgo.lib.virginia.edu/
      Washington (Seattle)       telnet://uwin.u.washington.edu
      Wisconsin                  http://www.library.wisc.edu/MadCat.html
    

    Another guide to libraries with significant South Asian collections, especially those in Europe, is available at:

        http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucgadkw/indnet-libraries.html
    
  4. Inter-Library Loan. If your local public or university library doesn't have a book, they can usually order it via ILL. It helps if you can give them exact publication information and the name of a nearby library which carries it. Expect a delay of several weeks.

  5. An importer or exporter of books from South Asia. Most of these dealers also publish a regular catalog or newsletter featuring currently available titles.
        Asia Book House
        215 Mississauga Valley, Unit 74
        Mississauga, Ontario L5A 1Y7  CANADA
        Phone:  905-279-3315
        E-mail: amathura@accessv.com
        URL:    http://www.webspawner.com/users/asiabookhouse/
    
        The Asia Society/"Bookmarks"
        725 Park Ave.
        New York, NY 10021  USA
        URL:    http://www.askasia.org/tas/booklit.htm
    
        Asian Book Shop
        112 Whitfield St
        London W1  UK
        Phone: (0171) 3875747
    
        Asian Publications
        7137 - 132 Street 
        Surrey, BC, V3W 4M3  CANADA 
        Phone:  604-597-5837 
        Fax:    604-594-8514 
        E-mail: sales@asianpublications.com
        URL:    http://www.asianpublications.com/
    
        Asian Rare Books 
        (specializes in rare and collectible books)
        175 W. 93rd St. #16-D 
        New York NY 10025  USA
        Phone:  212-316-5334
        Fax:    212-316-3408
        E-mail: arbs@erols.com
        URL:    http://www.erols.com/arbs/
    
        Banyan Tree (audiobooks for children)
        URL:    http://www.thebanyantree.com/index2.htm
    
        Bagchee Associates
        Kalyan Nagar
        Pansila, West Bengal 743 180  INDIA
        Phone:  91-33-5532225
        Fax:    91-33-2482973
        E-mail: service@bagchee.com
        URL:    http://www.bagchee.com/
    
        Books & Periodicals Agency
        B-1 Inder Puri
        New Delhi 110 012   INDIA
        Phone:  91-11-5755096
        Fax:    91-11-5795554
        E-mail: services@bpagency.com
        URL:    http://www.bpagency.com
    
        Books-India
        76-36/265 Street
        New Hyde Park, NY 11040  USA
        Fax:    (718) 9601073
    
        Books from India (UK) Ltd.
        45 Museum Street,
        London, WC1A 1LR  UK
        Phone: 44[0]71-4053784
        Fax:   44[0]71-8314517
    
        D.K. Agencies (P) Ltd.
        A/15-17, Mohan Garden, Najafgarh Road
        New Delhi - 110 059  INDIA
        Phone:  (011) 5648066, (011) 5648067
        Fax:    (+91-11) 5647081,  (+91-11) 5648053
        E-mail: dka@pobox.com
        URL:    http://www.dkagencies.com
    
        Hindi Book Centre
        4/5-B Asaf Ali Road
        New Delhi - 110002  INDIA
        Phone:  (011) 327 4874, 328 6757, 326 8651
        Fax:    011-3273335, 6481565
        Email:  info@hindibook.com
        URL:    http://www.hindibook.com/
    
        Image Publications 
        (Gujarati-language publisher and bookseller)
        1-2, Upper Level, Century Bazaar, 
        Ambawadi Circle, Ambawadi, 
        Ahmedabad-380 006, INDIA 
        Phone:  +91-79-656 0504
        E-mail: image@imagepublications.com
        URL:    http://imagepublications.com/
    
        India Book Fair
        URL:    http://www.indiabookfair.com/
    
        India Bookhouse and Journals
        2551 West Devon Avenue
        Chicago, Illinois 60659  USA
        E-mail: bookmaster@indiabookhouse.com
        URL:    http://www.indiabookhouse.com
    
        The India Club, Inc.
        PO Box: 250
        Voorhees, NJ 08043  USA
        Phone:  609-770-0670
        Fax:    609-770-0705
        E-mail: info@indiaclub.com
        URL:    http://www.indiaclub.com/
    
        Indus Books
        ("Used and out of print books on India and South Asia")
        631 NE 31st Ave
        Portland, OR  97232-2424  USA
        Phone:  503-231-9215
        E-mail: indus@teleport.com
        URL:    http://www.teleport.com/~indus/
    
        Indian Books Centre
        40/5, Shakti Nagar
        Delhi 110 007  INDIA
        Phone:  91-11-7434930, 91-11-7126497
        Fax:    91-11-7227336
        E-mail: sales@ibcindia.com
        URL:    http://ibcindia.com/
    
        Kitab
        41 Middlesex Ave.
        Iselin, NJ 08830  USA
        Phone:  908-283-1661
        Fax:    908-283-9889
        E-mail: kitab@ix.netcom.com
    
        Laurier Books Ltd.
        P.O. Box 2694, Stn. D.
        Ottawa, ON. K1H 5Y5 CANADA
        Phone:  613-738-2163
        Fax:    613-247-0256
        E mail: educa1@yahoo.com
        URL:    http://educa0.tripod.com/aes000/
    
        Nataraj Books
        7073 Brookfield Plaza
        Springfield, VA 22150  USA
        Phone:  (703) 455-4996
        Fax:    (703) 912-9052
        E-mail: nataraj@erols.com
        URL:    http://users.erols.com/nataraj/
    
        Navrang Books, India 
        ("publishers of books on India and Sri Lanka")
        RB-7 Inderpuri
        New Delhi 110012  INDIA
        Phone:  5789914
        Fax:    91-11-5762467
        E-mail: navrang@del2.vsnl.net.in
    
        Navrang, Inc., Booksellers
        507 Seminole Drive, P.O. Box 10056
        Blacksburg, Virginia 24062-0056  USA
        Phone:  703-961 2003
        Fax:    703-961 4007
        E-mail: navrang@bev.net
        URL:    http://catalog.com/navrang/
    
        The Other India Bookstore
        Above Mapusa Clinic
        Mapusa 403 507 Goa  INDIA
        Phone:  91+ (0832) 263306
        Fax:    91 + (0832) 263305
        E-mail: oibs@bom2.vsnl.net.in or admin@oibs.ilbom.ernet.in
        URL:    http://www.mnet.fr/aiindex/i_oibs/OIBS.html
    
        Printsasia.com
        244 Madison Ave Apt 405
        New York,NY 10016-2817 USA
        Phone: 646-688-4334
        Email: web@printsasia.com , roger.m@printsasia.com
        URL:   http://www.printsasia.com/
         
        Printsasia.co.uk
        Suite No. 77,Chiswick High Road
        London W4 4HH, UK
        Phone: 0208-4326-903
        Email: web@printsasia.co.uk,  taylor@printsasia.co.uk
        URL:   http://www.printsasia.co.uk/
    
        Rasik.com
        (Hindi and Marathi online bookstore)
        5910 Thorntree Dr.
        San Jose, CA 95120  USA
        E-mail: orders@rasik.com
        URL:    http://www.rasik.com/
    
        Rediff On the Net
        URL:    http://www.rediff.co.in/therediffbooks/
    
        Sain Enterprises Ltd
        3218 Saltspring Avenue
        Coquitlam, B.C  V3E 1E9 CANADA
        Phone:  604-464-7385 
        Fax:    604-464-7385
        e-mail: virindersain@hotmail.com
    
        South Asia Books
        P.O. Box 502
        Columbia, Missouri 65205  USA
        E-mail: sabooks@juno.com
        URL:    http://www.southasiabooks.com/
    
        Star Publications (Pvt.) LTD.
        4/5 B Asaf Ali Road
        New Delhi 110 002  INDIA
        Phone:  91-11-328 6757, 325 8993, 326 1696, 326 8651
        Fax:    91-11-327 3335 & 648 1565
        E-mail: starpub@satyam.net.in
        URL:    http://www.starpublic.com/
    
        Star Publishers' Distributors
        112 Whitfield Street
        London W1P 5RU  UK
        Phone:  (020) 7380 0622
        Fax:    (020) 7388 2662
        E-mail: indbooks@aol.com
        URL:    http://www.starpublic.com/
    
        Strand Book Stall
        Dhanur Building
        Sir P.M. Road
        Opp. Bank of Tokyo
        Fort, Mumbai 400 001  INDIA
        Phone:  (office)  011-91-22- 2051754, 2630154
                (shop)    011-91-22- 2661994, 2661719
        Fax:    011-91-22- 2088071, 2630154
        E-mail: strandbk@bom4.vsnl.net.in
    
        Vedams Books International
        12A/11, W.E. Area, Post Box 2674
        New Delhi 110 005  INDIA
        Fax:    91-11-574 5114
        E-mail: vedams@vedamsbooks.com
        URL:    http://www.vedamsbooks.com/
    
        WisdOM Books Pvt.Ltd.
        11/B, Earle Street
        Calcutta 700026 INDIA
        Phone:  +91(33)476-4311/4313
        Fax:    +91(33)476-4313/4311
        E-mail: admin@WisdOMbooks.com
        URL:    http://www.WisdOMbooks.com
        
    

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