Traditional Tibetan texts (dpe-cha) are shelved in the Tibetan Reading Room at Lehman Library, while modern-format books and most other materials are in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library (300 Kent Hall.) About 40% of modern-format titles are stored off-site at RECAP, but can be requested for pick-up (with 48 hours advance notice).
Rare titles are housed at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Butler Library, 6th floor), or in the Kress Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room at the Starr Library. Columbia owns some very valuable Tibetan religious works, including early Bon texts as well as a nearly complete Snar-thang edition of the Buddhist canon, published between 1730 and 1732.
Please see CLIO records for location details, or contact the Tibetan Studies librarian if you have any question.
In addition to titles received in bulk through SACAP (successor to the PL480 program), the Starr Library actively orders titles published in Tibetan regions of China, and from commercial vendors covering India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, and other areas.
Since January 2008, acquisitions ordering for Tibetan titles is done online. Thus, researchers can immediately know when a title has been selected, and estimate when it might arrive. In addition, preliminary records are now entered for materials received, but for which no full record is available. To access these materials, please send an e-mail with the pertaining title to the Tibetan Studies librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org).