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WHAT WE COLLECT


MAIN COLLECTION

General Reference Collection

The main reference collection contains Tertiary Sources such as General and Subject Encyclopedias, Dictionaries of English Language, other languages, Bilingual Dictionaries

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NEWSPAPER COLLECTION

National Library receives all the newspapers published in the country since 1976 to the present day.

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PERIODICAL COLLECTION

Current information can be obtained from the articles of periodicals.

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SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION COLLECTION

This collection includes publications such as Bills, Acts, Ordinances, Parliamentary Debates (Hanzards), Sessional Papers, Parliamentary Series, Gazettes, Sri Lanka Law Reports

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THESES AND DISSERTATION COLLECTION

Building of a theses and dissertation collection was commenced in the latter part of 1999.

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OLA LEAF MANUSCRIPTS COLLECTION

National Library has a fairly good collection of ola-leaf manuscripts and its developing continuously.

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MAPS COLLECTION

Special emphasis is given on building up a complete collection of maps relevant to Sri Lanka.

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COLLECTION FOR READERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

In order to build up a national collection of Braille literature for readers with special needs in the country, the National Library commenced acquiring Braille and large print books in June 1990.

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DRAMA MANUSCRIPTS COLLECTION

The National Library commenced building up a collection of Drama Manuscripts in 1995.

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INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE COLLECTION

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is promoted by UNESCO as a counterpart of the World Heritage which focuses mainly on the aspects of culture.

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INFORMATION REPACKAGING COLLECTION

Information gathered from different sources such as books, periodical articles, newspaper articles, Internet etc;

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AUDIO VISUALS AND MICROFORM COLLECTION

Audio visual materials and microform can be used by readers to obtain required information.

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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

Martin Wickramasinghe Collection

The private collection of Martin Wickramasinghe, a foremost writer in Sri Lanka is one of the largest of such collections.

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