Professor Vaiyapuri Pillai (1891-1956) was an outstanding lexicographer
and textual scholar who edited and published many Tamil classics. He was
the editor of the Tamil lexicon published by the University of Madras.
His personal library, comprising 2943 books and manuscripts in Tamil,
English, French, German and Malayalam, is at present with the National
Library. The main subjects covered are English language and literature,
history, philosophy and Tamil language and literature. National Library has
published a check-list of palm leaves available in this collection.