Harvard offers open access to Tibetan literature

(20 August 2013)    Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) and recently appointed director of the Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), in conjunction with the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) – headquartered in Harvard Square has been working  to provide global access to more than 17,000 volumes of Tibetan literature. Founded in 1999, the TBRC specializes in seeking rare Tibetan texts, and then digitally preserving, cataloging and disseminating the literature online.

The TBRC provides free access to the texts to Tibetan religious leaders and their translators and provides subscription programs for university researchers. “But our overall goal is to provide free and open access to these works. Our only sticking point is funding,” said Greg Beier, TBRC’s director of sustainability.

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