Normally the library acquires books and periodicals by purchase, gifts (from individuals, Institutions, and Government), complimentary review copies and exchange copies against the Institute's publications. The Library subscribes more than 150 Indian and foreign journals. It also has a good exchange program with the learned institutions all over the world. There are nearly 175 institutions on exchange mailing list for the Deccan College Bulletin and other publications. Notwithstanding the limited nature of funds, the library has tried its best to purchase all essential books and continues to subscribe to 'core' journals from its regular grants so far. It has been possible to build up a good and useful reference collection consisting of various Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias, Atlases, Gazetteers, Census Reports, Annuals, Directories, Archaeological Reports and Memoirs, Linguistic Survey of India Reports etc. The library has also enriched its collections on the fringed and supporting fields such as Science & Technology, Art & Architecture, Botany, Ecology, Geology, Palaeontology, Agriculture, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Education, Marathi, Ayurveda, Medicine, Mysticism and of course Indology – Orientology. The library honors all the suggestions received from the teaching staff, research scholars, students and also visiting scholars to keep its collection up-to date.Table I: The Deccan College Library Collection:
|Items||No. of Volumes|
|Bound Volumes of Periodicals||34314|
|Doctoral Dissertations (Theses)||702|
|M.A. / M. Phil Dissertations||249|
Maps and Atlases
|National Geographic Maps||132|
The notable collection of books and periodicals (published from early 16th Century onwards) to our library has some of the rarest and unique titles.Personal Collections: The library houses collections of the following renowned scholars.
One of the tiniest Bhagwat Gita prints ever made forms the most precious collection of our Library. It is 2.3 cm long, 1.6 cm wide and 0.75 cm thick and consists of 392 pages. This contains not only the entire Gita with illustrations but some other books also. The book is in the Devnagari script. Since it is only thumb-size, it is called the "Angusthamatra Gita". The text is so clear that it can be read without the help of a magnifying glass. However, a lens is attached to its brass case. The case along with the Gita is shaped as a pendant. The book is hard-bound with golden decorations on it.
The library has about 12,000 rare handwritten paper manuscripts and some palm- leaf Manuscripts. Three descriptive catalogues of Sanskrit Manuscripts have been published by the Deccan College, covering in part collections on Veda, Kavya and Dharmasastra.
The Sanskrit section with the Departmental Library of the Sanskrit Dictionary Project is one of the best and well-organized collections in the field.Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak Memorials under the Library custody :