National Library is mainly a Research and a Reference Library and is open to all members of the public. Any Sri Lankan or Foreigners who visit Sri Lanka can become a member of the Library

The Library

National Library has started a project for recommending the books suitable for libraries with the objective of guiding the libraries and readers to select more suitable books.

Book Recommending

The National Library and Documentation Services Board located at No. 14, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07 hires its auditorium and Conference Hall at a very reasonable price.


National Library and Documentation Services Board has been nominated as the National Agency in Sri Lanka for ISBN, ISSN and ISMN International Standard Numbering Systems.


Sri Lanka National Bibliography (SLNB), the only authoritative record of current publishing in Sri Lanka, compiled and published by the National Library since 1974


“PANHINDA” traditional herbal oil for the preservation of palm leaf manuscripts. The formula of the herbal mixture has been obtained from ancient documents.


A major role of the National Library is to identify the training needs of the different categories of libraries, organize and conduct In-service training programmes.

Training Programmes

The National Library has launched a project to acquire PhD/ M.Phil/ MA/ Master of Library Science Theses/ Dissertation, from scholars and researchers.

Acquire Theses