About the New Delhi Office
The New Delhi Office of the Library of Congress, established in 1962, is the regional center for the acquisition and processing of materials published in India, Bhutan and the Maldives, as well as Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka where it maintains sub-offices. The Office also manages the South Asia Cooperative Acquisitions Program on behalf of other North American research libraries, and a Preservation Microfilm Program that microformats acquired items in immediate need of preservation reformatting.
The Office acquires publications through a network of twenty-eight commercial English and vernacular language book dealers with whom the Office has approval plan arrangements, in various states of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka; Bibliographic Representatives in Bhutan and the Maldives; exchange and gift arrangements with numerous institutions. LC staff conduct local and out station acquisitions trips to obtain non-commercial and hard-to-acquire publications which would not be otherwise available.
Acquisitions for the Library of Congress are geared to the information needs of our primary clients--members of Congress and their staffs. Acquisitions for participating libraries in the South Asia Cooperative Acquisitions Program serve the teaching and research needs of the academic community, and, increasingly, of the estimated one million Americans of South Asian descent.
The New Delhi Office and its sub-offices collect a wide range of material dealing with South Asia including monographs, newspapers, journals, official gazettes, pamphlets, maps, sound and video recordings, and electronic media.
Last Updated: June 20, 2011