The Digital South Asia Library makes openly accessible digital materials for reference and research on South Asia. DSAL is a collaborative program of the University of Chicago and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), built upon a two-year pilot project funded by the Association of Research Libraries’ Global Resources Program and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants in DSAL include leading American Universities, CRL, the South Asia Microform Project (SAMP), the Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation, the Association for Asian Studies, the Library of Congress, the Asia Society, the British Library, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, MOZHI in India, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in India, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in Nepal, and other institutions in South Asia. More details on the program are outlined in the grant proposal available in PDF or HTML.
The Digital South Asia Library can be searched and/or browsed according to the following categories:
- Scholarly reference books with a link to full text dictionaries at Digital Dictionaries of South Asia (DDSA)
- Images organized by the original collections
- Maps ranging from historical to topographic
- Statistical data from the colonial period through the present, available in a variety of formats
- Electronic catalogs and finding aids for dispersed resources and collections
- Periodical indexes and document delivery mechanisms
- Pedagogical books, general scholarly titles, journals and newspapers
- Other Internet resources.