Tibetan and Himalayan Library - THL

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Tibetan and Himalayan Library / Profile


Tool Development, Scholarly Content, Networking


The Tibetan and Himalayan Library (THL) is a publisher of websites, information services, and networking facilities relating to the Tibetan plateau and southern Himalayan regions. It also stresses engaged scholarship and participatory initiatives aimed at facilitating new distributed models of knowledge production with a far greater inclusivity than tradition academic models.

The Tibetan and Himalayan Library (THL) is a publisher of websites, information services, and networking facilities relating to the Tibetan plateau and southern Himalayan regions. THL promotes the integration of knowledge and community across the divides of academic disciplines, the historical and the contemporary, the religious and the secular, the global and the local. In addition to more typical academic projects, THL promotes participatory knowledge that is created by and benefits local communities, while including contributors from all walks of life around the world. Data includes text, audio-video, images, maps, immersive objects, reference works, and interpretative essays. THL’s knowledge and technology are provided free of charge, and are built collaboratively by hundreds of people across the world who share this vision.


THL is directed by David Germano, managed by Steve Weinberger, and technically co-directed by Than Grove and Andres Montano.  Overall, it has an international advisory board that includes….


THL is funded by short term grants from various sources, including the US Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, Luce Foundation, USAID, and others.

Current Focus

THL is currently focused on a recreation of its infrastructure that focuses on adding online submission and editing features, integrating its various repositories around space, time and subject, and transiting from a web site to a publisher of web sites and services. We are just now releasing the first public release of this new approach, and will be incrementally adding to it until the summer of 2009, at which time we expect to have a well developed incarnation.

Future Goals

In the coming years, we aim to focus more on projects and data which are built and maintained by scholars around the world without central staff involvement at UVa.


THL was founded in 2000, at which point it was called the “Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library (THDL). It initially had no central funding, but rather was built from projects on Tibetan language learning resources using video, cataloging Buddhist scriptures, and Tibetan music. The UVA Library and IATH played central roles in helping broadening that work into what gradually became a large infrastructure for promoting and faciliating publications of diverse formats and from multiple disciplines.

Scholarly Disciplines
Anthropology (), Geography (), History (), Literary Studies (), Religious Studies (1)
General Interests
Digital Technology (), THL Cultural Geography Initiative (), web ()
Places of Interest
Amdo (), Kham (1), Ngari (), Tibet (1)
Technologies of Interest
GIS (), Ruby on Rails (1), XML (1)


We offer data services from a variety of large collaborative repositories - Tibetan terms, Tibetan places, images, audio-video, maps, Tibetan texts, reprints of journals, bibliographies, and more.


We offer a variety of tools for the building of resources on Tibet and the Himalayas. These tools provide online interfaces for scholars to freely use to build resources for dissemination within THL.

Mailing Address

PO 400126







Direct Contact

Email: thl@collab.itc.virginia.edu