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The FLRL has a collection of more than 14,800 volumes predominantly dealing with language, philosophy, arts and culture, medicine, geography, travel, history and the politics of Tibet and the Himalayan region. These materials are primarily in English, but include some in major European and Indian languages, as well as Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and Mongolian. More than 120 journals and periodicals of related interest are currently received and displayed. There is a modest collection of rare and out-of-print books, files of newspaper clippings covering the past 50 years of the Tibetan diaspora, bound collections of periodicals, and files of pamphlets, brochures and other materials concerning the Tibetan community dating back to 1959. Holdings can be accessed through an online cataloguing system. Books are kept in a separate stack room, from where librarians retrieve them on request. The reading room is divided between an area of large open tables and a set of individual study booths. The continuing expansion of the FLRL collection is matched by its growing number of patrons. New acquisitions are received each year from various sources, in addition to outright purchases. Publication exchange programs provide volumes from other publishers and libraries in exchange for books brought out by the LTWA. Books are also donated each year by visiting scholars and by other institutions not formally part of the publication exchange program. Both the libraries maintain manuscript exchange projects with other institutions around the world. In special cases the institutions provide and exchange photocopies of rare and important works which are otherwise unavailable for general circulation or loan.

Resources (Downloadable)

  • Rare (Jan, 2017)
  • Thesis (Jan, 2017)
  • News clips
  • Books of His Holiness
Rare (Jan, 2017) |

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Thesis (Jan, 2017) |

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News Clips |

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Books of His Holiness |

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Officiating Head


Name: Yeshi Tashi
E-Mail: librarianfr@ltwa.net