Tibetan Studies

Subject librarian

About the Tibetan Studies collection

Stanford Libraries' growing collection of Tibetan materials supports the research of students and faculty in several departments and centers across campus such as the Department of Religious Studies, the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Center for South Asia. Our collection of over four thousand volumes covers topics such as religion, medicine, history, and art, with a focus on the pre-modern period. The Libraries actively collect Tibetan materials published in India, the Himalayan regions, and the People's Republic of China, as well as Chinese- and Western-language scholarship on topics related to the study of Tibet.

Browse our available guides and the selected collections and databases listed below, or contact the subject librarian to schedule a research consultation.


East Asia Library

(650) 725-3435
Lathrop Library, second floor, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford CA, 94305-3106

Featured collections

  • Tibet Oral History Project

    The Tibet Oral History Project contains videotaped interviews with over three hundred elder Tibetan refugees who belong to the last generation born in Tibet before its annexation by the People's Republic of China in the 1950s. All videos are subtitled and accompanied by transcripts.

    Go to the exhibit
  • Canonical collections

    Stanford Libraries own a number of collections of canonical Tibetan Buddhist texts, including multiple editions of the Kanjur (Bka' 'gyur) and Tanjur (Bstan 'gyur) canons.

    View the guide
  • Literary anthologies

    Browse Stanford Libraries' collections of literary anthologies (gsung 'bum) containing the collected works of prominent Tibetan authors from both the pre-modern and modern periods.

    View the collections

Further resources