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Digital Libraries

This page contains links to important online libraries of digitized Indic-language texts. By "digitized" I mean scanned versions of printed texts, not typed-in, machine-readable e-texts, which are listed on this website under "e-texts.

These digitized / scanned books are sometimes searchable by keyword, especially if they are in Roman script. But in Devanagari, only the repository of Oliver Hellwig gives reliable keyword-search results at present (2014).

Yoga-vaiśāradī: searchable web-repository of classical Yoga literature.
This repository is the outcome of the work of Literary Research Division of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. At the time of writing (May 2019) it contains the following texts:
  • Vyāsa’s commentary to Yogasutra (3rd or 4th CE) - with Tamil translation
  • Tattvavaiśāradī of Vācaspati Miśra (9th or 10th century)
  • Vivaraṇa of Śaṅkara (13th Century – not settled with finality)
  • Vārttika of Vijñānabhikṣu (15th Century)
  • Bhāsvatī of Hariharānanda Āraṇya (19th century)
  • śrī-rāghavānanda-sarasvatī-viracitampātañjala-rahasyam a sub commentary to Tattvavaiśāradī of Vācaspati Miśra
  • Yogavallī a Yogasutra commentary by Sri T Krishnamacharya - in Tamil and Sanskrit
  • Srīmad-bhagavad-gīta Mūla Ślokas
  • Haṭha-yoga-pradīpika with Jyotsna commetaary of Brahmānanda
Digital Library of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute
Selected volumes from the collection (over 1000 in Feb 2019) scanned and presented with the page viewer from But full PDF downloading is disabled (Feb 2019).
The Asiatic Society of Mumbai: Granth Sanjeevani
"Granth Sanjeevani has over 20,000 books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, journals, government publications and reports. Though the majority of books are in English, there are books in Sanskrit and other ancient and modern Indian languages and in European languages like Greek, Latin, Italian, German and French. Books are in the traditional areas of Indology and Oriental scholarship, but also include Biography, Genealogy, Politics, Economics, Science, Management, Travel and Fiction. 15,000 have been classified as rare and valuable books, and they include first editions of antiquarian books in Indian and European languages. Granth Sanjeevani is an effort of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, to showcase its digitized collections to the worldwide users."
Sanskrit Scans by Oliver Hellwig
The website gives you access to a database of Sanskrit books that have been digitized without manual correction. This is the very first release (11/2014), and I'm planning to increase the database with scanned texts that are freely available in the web.
The Archive
"The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public."
The Digital Library of India = Public Library of India

"For the first time in history, all the significant literary, artistic, and scientific works of mankind can be digitally preserved and made freely available, in every corner of the world, for our education, study, and appreciation and that of all our future generations."

This Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset (MCADD)
"This Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset (MCADD) consists of a collection of books, journals and maps related broadly to the Himalayas and its outlying attached ranges including the Hindu Kush, the Karakorams, the Pamirs, the Tian Shan and the Kuen Lun as well as the Tibetan highlands and the Tarim basin. "

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