The National Library of Sri Lanka has organized a one-day seminar for celebrating World Book and Copyright Day. The seminar will be held on 25th April 2018 at the National Library Auditorium. The authors, publishers, librarians and other interest personnel are invited to participate the seminar. The theme of the seminar is “Reading, It’s My Right”


Copyright Law of Sri Lanka and its practical situation Dr. D. M. Karunarathne, Former Director General, Sri Lanka Intellectual Property Office
Problems which have arisen within the electronic environment and transferring the publication to the digital form Mr. Boby G Botheju, Veteran writer
Rights of the films as an intellectual property Dr. Nuwan Nayanajith Kumara

Display of Information at the National Library to mark the 70th Anniversary of Independence

National Library has made arrangement to organise information display called “Vidarsha National Library Information Display” every month since 2018 relevant to the specific days and events.

Under this programme, an information display on “Local Government” was held in January.

An information display on 70th independence celebration is conducted during February on the theme of “Read on Independence” at the National Library, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07. This information display includes rare and valuable information sources, historical and rare information an independence, heroes of independence struggle, independence struggle and literature, various viewpoints an independence, independence memorial ceremonies, etc..

National Library invites all to see and the information display on “Read on Independence.”

Sri Lankan, scholar to participate in Asia Dialogue Conference

One Sri Lankan scholars will participate in the first International Conference of Asian Cultural Dialogues that is going to be held in Iran on 13th January 2018.

The prominent academics and researchers will present their articles at the conference on January 13 – 15, 2018.

Iran’s Islamic Cultural and Relations Organization (ICRO) in cooperation with a number of Iranian universities will host the conference with the goal of laying grounds for boosting cultural, historical and social bonds among Asian nations and confronting the increasing threats of violence and extremism.

In face of the globalization process and cultural integration, the Asian countries have tried to preserve their cultural identity while welcoming the global culture and maintaining a positive engagement with it, the conference secretariat announced.

From Sri Lanka, Dr. W. A. Abeysinghe, chairman of National Library of Sri Lanka, participate in this event. He written a paper entitled “Cultural Dialogue between Iran and sub-continent: Spirituality and Sufism” for this seminar.

National Reading Month – 2017, Free Membership of the National Library

The month of October has been declared as the National Reading Month by the National Library and Documentation Services Board (NLDSB). In relation to this NLDSB has decided to offer one-year free membership of the National Library to the Sri Lankan readers during the National Reading Month in October 2017. Many university academics, researchers, journalists, university students and many more make use of this opportunity.

You can make use of the offer only by visiting the National Library during the opening hours during October 2017. Application forms can be obtained from the main counter of the Reader Services Division. All Sri Lankans irrespective of any limitations are eligible for membership. This could be a good opportunity for academics, researchers, university students, journalists and general information seekers to obtain one-year free membership. For more details, contact Tel.0112674386 – 0112698847

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National Library and Documentation Services Board (NLDSB) organizes a Walking to make aware the people on the value of reading

NLDSB implements various programmes to mark the National Reading Month – October every year. To mark the National Reading Month 2017, NLDSB has made arrangement to organize a walking on 02nd October 2017 from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm to make aware the public about the value of reading.

The walking will be started from the NLDSB premises under the patronage of Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education and goes to the Colombo Public Library through Lipton roundabout and finished there after a meeting. Objective of this walking is to create awareness among the people about the importance of reading.

Development of research in library and information field is a main responsibility of the National Library and Documentation Services Board (NLDSB). As a one step to fulfill this responsibility, NLDSB has made arrangement to conduct a research symposium on 20th September 2017 in the NLDSB auditorium, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07. Objective of the symposium is to provide the opportunity for the library professionals to present their research papers. The theme of the symposium is “Knowledge Development through information innovation”. Participation fee is Rs 2000/= for librarians and Rs. 1000/= for library Science students. Cheques should be drawn in favour of “Chairman, National Library and Documentation Services Board’’


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