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The Department has one of the best libraries in the country housing over 11,500 books on Archaeology, Anthropology, Art, History, Epigraphy and Palaeography, authored by reputed foreign and Indian scholars and experts. Collections and reprints of old and rare journals like Indian Antiquary, (60 volumes), and Asiatic Researches, (24 volumes), are also kept here. Reprints of old publications on Indology like the Sacred Books of the East (50 volumes) and Ancient Indian Tradition and Mythology (40 volumes) are also housed here. This is one among the very few libraries containing published versions of advanced research works in art and archaeology.

Library view

Tamil Nadu State Archaeology department Library was started in 1963 with 300 books. At present it has 11,500 books and journals of very rich, rare, old and important books. The lists of books are computerized. The books are classified under the following heads:

Book Classification

  • Archaeology
  • Palaeography & Epigraphy 
  • Numismatics
  • History, Civilization &Culture
  • Religion and Philosophy 
  • Art and Architecture
  • Anthropology 
  • Tamil Literature
  • All Dravidian dictionaries, Sanskrit, Hindi, English, French, etc., 
  • Encyclopedia, Gazetteers and Reports


Displayed Publication of Books 


  • Department Technical Officers
  • Students of the department  - Epigraphy Institute
  • Professors, Research scholars, M.Phil students of various Research Institutions, Colleges and Universities
  • General public, who are interested in Archaeological field. 

    The books are collected for the Library by way of

  • Purchase
  • Donation
  • Exchange


Library view

List of Journals available in the Library

  • Kalvettu (Departmental journal)
  • Avanam 
  • Archaeology
  • Antiquity
  • Indian Archaeology - A review
  • Ancient India
  • Lalit Kala (No.1 - 22)
  • Journal of Indian History (Vol.I - XXXIX)
  • Journal of the Numismatic Society of India (I - VX)
  • Numismatic Digest
  • Bulletin of the Deccan College Research Institute (Vol.I - XXV)
  • Institute of Archaeology Bulletin (1977 - 1987)
  • Vishveshvaranand Indological Journal (I - XII)
  • Tamil Culture (I - XX)
  • International Journal of Dravidian Linquistics (I - XVII)
  • Journal of Tamil Studies
  • Journal of Asian Studies

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