Scanned Sanskrit Documents
The following links direct to Sanskrit books available online as
scans. If you find other websites or links that have scanned documents
in Sanskrit, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. For encoded
Sanskrit documents visit main page or list of texts elsewhere.
- The Digital Library of India: The Digital Library of
India (DLI) has scanned and preserved over 250,000 books in many
languages, of which around 13,000 are in Sanskrit. This project is
coodinated by the IISc and has over 20 partner centers across different
specialties. Read an article Digital Libraries in India for some details of
the project. The Government of India has spent a large amount
of resources in scanning and preserving valuable books through this
project. The principal collections are housed at the IISc, Bangalore and
at the IIIT, Hyderabad. You can either download books directly as mentioned below or you can read them page by page
in a browser. To read books in a browser, you should download the AlternaTIFF plugin on Windows computers
Given below are the main DLI
collections. Each houses a different set of books. You can find lists
of books in each collection and catalogs of the current availability of
scans of each book, in the links next to each collection.
- There DLI, IISC, Bangalore has apparently provided several servers with same searchable database. They are http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/ and http://www.new1.dli.ernet.in/, http://www.dli.ernet.in, http://www.dli.gov.in, and http://126.96.36.199.
List of Sanskrit books (February 2013, 31Mb, 29000+ books),
a list of Marathi books (February 2013, 3.5Mb, 4500+ books),
a list of Gujarati books (March 2013, 8.4Mb, 8000+ books),
with direct links to DLI.
There is an extensive searchable and cleaned catalog http://sanskritdocuments.org/scannedbooks/DLI_Catalog/ that gives list of books in seven languages: Bengali, English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. (September 2010) An older Sanskrit catalog file is in
Catalog listing with the scan availability of Sanskrit books (Sept. 2010).
DLI collection at IIIT, Hyderabad: The site http://dli.iiit.ac.in is permanently down due to ministery terminating the ERNET connection to servers. The data is in planning stage to be moved to IISc server or perhaps to
MCIT library Consortium locations. Here are the older Catalog listing with the scan availability of Sanskrit books,
another list of Sanskrit books,
a list of Marathi books for reference p[urpose.
- Many of the books at CDAC, Noida are available in PDF format at Partner Collection from IISc DLI server. There are over 900 books, mostly in the category of English literature (Nov, 2010).
- The new uploads to IISc-DLI are listed under recent collection.
- The methodology adopted in the acquisition, presentation, and corrective
catalogs is presented in many journals papers, Content Development for Digital Library of India and Digitizing a Million Books: Challenges for Documents Analysis, The Digital Library of India Project: Process, Policies and Architecture.
- The digital library at Osmania University, Hyderabad at http://oudl.osmania.ac.in/ hosts thousands of directly downloadable PDF files of many of the books at DLI. See a long list of Sanskrit and Marathi books (Jan 2012). The OUDL site appears to be available only during Indian office timings (IST 10 am to 6 pm).
- The Universal Library at Pittsburgh, USA http://www.ulib.org/
- The Internet Archive
houses scanned books as well as music, audiovisual and web content. The
books are available in different formats such as PDF, B&W PDF, text, djvu
etc. (a list of Sanskrit books, a
list of Marathi books).
- Google Books (a list of Sanskrit books, a list of Marathi books). All books are in PDF format. Use
full view texts in your search options.
- The National Mission for Manuscripts namami.org seeks to unearth and preserve the vast manuscript wealth of India. The department publishes a newsletter. Although there are no scanned books available, the details of the process and efforts taken in preservation of documents are informative.
- A Collection of Full-Text Books on South Asia at Columbia University. It containts plain text English translations and not scanned Sanskrit books like the repositories listed above.
- Archaeological Survey of India
asi.nic.in has made available over two thousand scanned books in
PDF format and is set to more than ten thousands.
These are digitized at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).
The digital library is at http://www.ignca.nic.in/ with
specific search capability. See a list of books with Sanskrit word search. The Sanskrit book list is given
here (asisanskritpdfs) with
title and PDF links. A similar list covering the available catalog is
also prepared here (asiallpdfs)
for convenience (Sept 2010). All the available and planned books are
listed on their search site or a consolidated mirror catalog.
- E-books at Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi. Some of these are uploaded on archive.org as a backup RSS Packaged.
- In order to centralize some of the different personal collections
made over the years, new material written or created by others and
some material from this site, we have started The Free Indological
Collection" at archive.org. This collection also makes materials from
some of the digital repositories that are hard to access, easier to
access, and also preserves defunct repositories. It also provides
backup access for some of the books. Please see the archive.org TFIC
homepage as well as our project page TFIC project page. Thousands of books
are being made available at the TFIC collection. Please use the "list
of titles" at archive.org TFIC
homepage. You are also invited to contribute
books not in our collection. Please send an email to dli.downloader[[@]yahoo.com.
- The Library System, University of Delhi has Digital Library with many PDF files. See some cataloged at main, and thinned.
- For reference, a set of Guidelines for digitization_of manuscripts (National Libraries of India) are formulated. The UNESCO has given similar but more detailed guidelines at Digitization of Old Books, Manuscripts, and Other Documents, The Format for Storage of Metadata, and Method.
- A list of Collection of links to electronic libraries.
- West Bengal Public Library Network, has scanned books on various topics. Use dspace database.
Here are some software programs to download books from the DLI collections.
Several people have collected scans of Sanskrit books from the different repositories and placed them online.
If you have already downloaded books, especially Sanskrit/Marathi ones, and would like to offer them for public use, please send a note with links or mode of transfer to email@example.com.
Please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org for additions.