Exclusive Library For Scholars

 Tamil Nadu State Archaeology Department has one of the best libraries in the country housing over 13,300 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 reference libraries containing published versions of advanced research works in Art and Archaeology.

The department Library was started in 1963 with 300 books. At present it has 13,300 books and journals of very rich, rare, old and important books. The entire collection of books are computerized. The books are categorized under the following heads:

Book Categories

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


  • 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          

Ways of Collection Development

  • Purchase
  • Donation
  • Exchange

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 Jounal of Dravidian Linguistics (I - XVII)
  • Journal of Tamil Studies
  • Journal of Asian Studies 

Visiting Hours

: 10.00 A.M. to 05.45 P.M.


: Saturday, Sunday and all Government Holidays


: Mrs.N. Uma


: 044-28190020