South Asia related Books and Magazines at SASNET's office

Location: Biskopsgatan 5 (Villa Norlind), Lund, Sweden

Visitors are most welcome to the office for reading. The office is open in weekdays from 9 to 17, but it is recommended to call in advance – phone 046 222 73 40.

Doctoral theses and other books:

SASNET keeps a small library at its root node office. SASNET has a unique collection of books about South Asia in its root node office at Paradisgatan 5 G in Lund, Sweden. The library consists of more than 200 South Asia related doctoral dissertations from the middle of the 1990s (and in some cases even older) up  to 2016 published in Sweden and the other Nordic countries; besides a large number of other titles. Go for the catalogue of South Asia related theses in SASNET’s collection

The unpretentious SASNET library also encompasses a wide range of subjects, reflecting the variety of South Asia related  research topics undertaken in the Nordic countries. It also contains a limited selection of useful reference literature on South Asia, in most cases donated to us or bought during contact journeys in the region. It includes the six-volumes The Encyclopedia of Modern South Asia (Charles Scribner’s Sons/Thomson & Gale/Berkshire Publishing 2002).
We also keep a collection of mostly Sri Lanka related books donated to SASNET by the Swedish journalist Thomas Bibin. It includes books, pamphlets and articles (mostly from Sri Lankan authors) from the 1960s onwards.
Finally the library contains all the leading international peer-reviewed South Asia related journals within humanities and social sciences.
Books and journals can be borrowed from Lars Eklund, who manages the collection. SASNET also gladly accepts any new publications from recent PhDs, researchers and academics in the Nordic countries.
– Books in the SASNET collection (pdf-file).
– The Thomas Bibin collection (pdf-file)
– Peer-reviewed journals (pdf-file)

See the full catalogued lists of books!

Karl Reinhold Haellquist Memorial Collection (KRHMC)

KRHMCHaellquist• SASNET has taken care of and catalogued a large books donation from the private library collection of the renowned Swedish historian Karl Reinhold Haellquist, who passed away in 2000 after working for many years at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) in Copenhagen. A large part of the collection, more than 6000 South Asia related books, journals, videotapes and pamphlets on various aspects of South Asian studies, was later donated to SASNET/Lund University by his wife, Inger Sondén-Haellquist. The material was selected by Lund University researchers Neelambar Hatti and Jan Magnusson.
The collection includes Haellquist’s unique collection of books on Mahatma Gandhi. These Gandhi books, and other works from the collection, are now on display in Lund University’s Asia Library (adjacent to the SASNET’s former root node office in Lund, open Monday-Friday 9–17, at Scheelevägen 15 C, first floor). The remaining part of Karl Reinhold Haellquist Memorial Collection is kept at SASNET’s office at Paradisgatan 5 G. More information on the Karl Reinhold Haellquist book donation.
In 2007, the Crafoord Foundation also decided to give a grant to SASNET in order to digitalize other parts of Karl Reinhold Haellquist’s private archive. With supplementary funding from SASNET this work was carried out during the Fall 2008 by a hired librarian, Erik Svanström. With regard to K R Haellquist’s specialised interest in Mahatma Gandhi, it was decided to concentrate the efforts to the vast material on Gandhi in Haellquist’s material. In the new web site we meet Gandhi through Haellquist’s lecture notes. SASNET’s ambition is that it will continue to spread light on Gandhi and his ideas. GandhiServe Foundation has kindly given their permission to make digital use of the images in Haellquist's lecture notes. Go for the KRHMC web site on Gandhi.

Book donationThe Mahatma Gandhi Book Collection (part of the Karl Reinhold Haellquist Memorial Collection) was formally inaugurated by the Indian Ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Balkrishna Shetty, on Thursday 10 September 2009. On behalf of the Indian government, the Ambassador also took the opportunity to donate to Lund University and SASNET another 120 volumes of Mahatma Gandhi literature, either works written by Gandhi himself or books focusing on him.
The function, including a puja ceremony by Ms. Bubu Munshi-Eklund, took place at Lund University’s Asia Library at Scheelevägen 15. A large number of Lund University professors and researchers, and also Indian students and guest researchers who have come to Lund University through the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window India lot 15, participated. Lund University was officially represented by the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sven Strömqvist. The daily newspaper Sydsvenskan carried a report from the inauguration, and also Lund University magazine LUM in its issue No. 8/2009. See the newspaper reports. (as a pdf-file). 

South Asia books in Lund University's Asia Library

Through its early involvement with the Masters Programme in Asian Studies (including a South Asia track), SASNET was actively working to open up the Lund University’s Asia Library (Asienbiblioteket at the ground floor in the same building as the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, ACE, and SASNET, entrance Scheelevägen 15 C) to include South Asia related literature besides its existing collections of literature on East and South-East Asia.
For a couple of years, starting in 2007, the SASNET board set aside SEK 25 000 a year to buy and catalogue books on modern South Asian studies for the Asia Library. A number of books from SASNET’s root node office collection were also donated to the Asia Library. A list of SASNET’s first contribution is available through the Asia Library web page.

In August 2013, SASNET again decided to contribute with South Asia related books to the Asia Library, and as a first symbolic gesture a number of books already available in SASNET’s office books collection were donated to the library, amomng them Kaushik Basu’s ”The retreat of democracy and other itinerant essays on globalization, economics, and India”; Gunnel Cederlöf’s ”Landscapes and the law: environmental politics, regional histories, and contests over nature”; Irfan Habib’s ”To make the deaf hear: ideology and programme of Bhagat Singh and his comrades”; Ramachandra Guha’s ”Makers of modern India”; Claude Markovits’ ”The unGandhian Gandhi: the life and afterlife of the Mahatma”, and Tan Chung’s (ed) ”Tagore and China”. Go for the complete list of new books to the library.