University of Toronto and Columbia University’s research libraries have announced the launch of their Tibetan Studies partnership, which will increase the availability of Tibetan resources to a wider community of scholars.

The collaboration will benefit faculties and students of both institutions by providing jointly sponsored acquisitions trips to enhance the Tibetan collections at both universities. It will also provide a shared point of service for research consultations.

“The agreement with Columbia University to further develop our research and teaching in this important region of the world positions the University of Toronto Libraries as Canada’s principal resource for knowledge about the Tibetan and wider Himalayan area,” said Dr. Frances Garrett, associate professor of Tibetan and Buddhist studies and associate chair of the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto.

Tibetan Studies scholars have collectively been awarded over $1 million in competitive research funding since 2003.

“We are delighted to be given this opportunity to strengthen our Tibetan Studies collection in order to support our rapidly growing Tibetan Studies community at the University of Toronto and also serve scholars across Canada and throughout North America,” said Hana Kim, acting director of the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library.

—Ameya Charnalia

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