Tibetan Studies


Director:  Françoise Robin
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 27 18 30

The Institute of Tibetan Studies (Institut d'Études Tibétaines, IET) was founded in 1974 by Rolf Alfred Stein (1911-1999), a Tibetan and Chinese scholar and a Professor at the Collège de France from 1965 to 1981. His twin aims were to foster research on Tibet, and to address the increasing need to publish or reprint Tibetan texts for the many of scholars and spiritual masters who went into exile after 1959.

The Institute of Tibetan Studies’ holdings focus primarily on the religious sphere, covering all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and bon, as well as on the historiography of Tibet to the present day. It currently holds over 6,000 volumes in Tibetan and some 3,000 Western volumes and standard works. It also has a modest Chinese collection and approximately fifty periodicals in Tibetan, Chinese and Western languages, of which 10 are current.

Go to the Institute of Tibetan Studies collection

Additionally, the Institute of Tibetan Studies holds Europe’s largest collection of the Tibet Mirror (Yul phyogs so so'i gsar 'gyur me long), a Tibetan-language newspaper which was published in Kalimpong (India) from 1925 to 1963. Part of the collection was digitized in 2010 under an agreement with Columbia University (New York) to raise the profile of this unique heritage, which can now be viewed online.

In 2010, the Institute of Tibetan Studies became the first library in the West to offer a dual script (French/Tibetan) computerized catalogue.

Access the Columbia University Libraries online digital collections

The Institute of Tibetan Studies supplements other academic and research libraries in Paris which hold substantial Tibetan collections: the Bibliothèque Nationale, BULAC (INALCO), the Musée Guimet and the Centre de Documentation sur l'Aire Tibétaine. With these five resource centers, Paris plays a major role in Tibetology research in the Western world.

Tibet Institut

Jenny Ferreux
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 27 18 30

Reading room – opening times
Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2pm-5pm, by prior appointment made with J. Ferreux

Note: part of the TBRC’s digitized holdings can be consulted at the Institute of Tibetan Studies; all of it can be consulted at the BULAC.

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