The collection, originated in 1939 by Sri G. M. Vedeshwar, consists today of almost 70 000 works, in 38 languages (dead and still spoken).
Old sanskrit books written on palm leaves are to be found next to american encyclopaedias and french poetry!
The ancient collection
The ancient collection of the Study Circle consists of:
_ more than a thousand old (600 years) books written on palm leaves;
_ a great collection of lithography print works dating back to the 1800s;
_ 175 years old study texts, printed by the Bombay Government;
_ about 200 books in kannada and marathi, published more than a hundred years ago.
Amongst the numerous works of indian literature, is to be found particularly:
_ original manuscripts from writers such as Ramakrishna, Bhat, Vasista Ganapathi Muni of Andhra Pradesh, and Daivaratha Sharma, the well-known Sanskrit erudit;
_ all volumes from the critical study of Mahabharata, important study of the greatest religious adventure published by the Oriental Research Institute of Pune, as well as all publications of the Dharmashastra History, essential opus of the hindu religion written by Dr. P.V. Kane;
_ rare books on Vedas and Shastras.
A great part of the collection is dedicated to general knowledge, with:
_ encyclopaedias universalis, of which the one of Great-Britain and USA;
_ specialized encyclopaedias (on fine-arts, agriculture etc.);
_ more than 400 volumes on Art History;
_ books on mythology, astrology and folkloric art. Sri G.M. Vedeshwar himself has conceived and published a book from distinguished people’s written answers to the inhexaustible question of the meaning of life in general and of their lifes in particular. Amongst those influant people one can find the politician Rajendra Prasad, the doctor S.Radhakrishna, the Nobel prized scientist C.V. Raman, Julius Huxley, Arnold Toynbee, Kuvempu, Shivarama Karanth, etc.
The Study Circle receives every year 600 to 700 publications from the Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan Shantiniketan, and from Calcutta, Dharwad and Mysore Universities.