The library of the IFP is a multi-disciplinary research library. Started with the founding of the Institute in 1955, its collection was constituted over the years with the active collaboration of the IFP’s researchers. Today the library has a rich and varied collection relating to the the domains of Indology, Social Sciences and Ecology. Its research interests cover India, and more generally South Asia. As of today, the collection consists of 67 000 books, 380 theses, over 1600 articles, 440 reports and 820 journals of which 144 are received currently. Over 800 books are added to the collection every year.


The library catalogue is unique, as it enables search and display of Indian-language records in both the original Indian scripts and in Roman transliteration (UNICODE). It contains the library’s collection of books, theses, articles and current journals.




The Institute’s research staff, doctoral students and interns have access to thousands of e-resources — journals, books, databases, indexes etc. — thanks to the IFP’s affiliation to the CNRS (BiblioSHS and BiblioVie portals) and to the Pondicherry University (N-List).

The library is also a member of DELNET (Developing Library Network) which provides inter-library loan and document delivery services.


Though the library’s primary function is to serve the Institute’s staff, it also welcomes outside readers who are involved in serious research and study, particularly post-graduate students, researchers and academics. The collection attracts research scholars and students from India and abroad. The library receives over 5000 visits from readers every year. Admission is free of cost.

1. Borrowing privileges are reserved for the Institute’s staff. Other readers have to consult the documents in the reading room.
2. Access to electronic resources and inter-library loan facilities are also reserved for the Institute’s staff.
3. Photocopying facilities are provided to all on payment basis. Old and/or damaged books are not photocopied.
4. The library reading room has wi-fi coverage and plug-points for the use of laptops.
The library has undertaken digitization of rare books in its collection, including completion of a project under the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library, in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles. See EAP 191: Strategies for archiving the endangered publications of French India (1800-1953)

Ms ANURUPA NAIK (Chief Librarian); Mr. K. RAMANUJAM (Librarian – Social Sciences); Mr. R. NARENTHIRAN (Librarian – Indology); Dr. G. SARAVANAN (Librarian – Ecology)
Contacting the library
French Institute of Pondicherry,
11, St.Louis Street,
P.B. 33, Pondicherry-605 001
Phone: (91)-413-2231660 / 661
Monday to Friday:9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m