Senior Officials of the Pakistan Library Association visit the National Library of Sri Lanka

President of the Pakistan Library Association (PLA) Dr. Saeed Ullah Jan, Zeelshan Ullah, Assistant Secretary General and Zakria, General Secretary of the Pakistan Library Association visited the National Library of Sri Lanka on 07th of August 2018. Chairman, Director General and other senior staff of the National Library were joined that occasion.

Workshop on Research Methodology

Two days’ workshop on Research Methodology was held on 02nd & 3rd August 2018 at NLDSB main auditorium organized by Research Division. The workshop focused to professionals, academics and researchers in the field of Library and Information Science & Social Sciences to gain experience and generate a new knowledge in the field. Prof. K. A. P. Siddhisena, Emeritus professor of the Department of Demography in University of Colombo, Dr. Wathmanel Senevirathne, Librarian in Open University & Dr. Sunethra J. Perera, Senior lecturer of Department of Demography in University of Colombo served as the resource persons of the Workshop. The officers, professionals & researchers in different type of fields have participated to the workshop.

Seminar in Jaffna

National Library and Documentation Services Board conducted a seminar on the contribution of the book publishing for the reawakening of intellectual culture post-colonial period with special reference to Sri Lanka National Bibliography (retrospective) 1941-1961 (Tamil medium) on 18.05.2018 at the Jaffna Public Library. About 50 public librarians, authors, publishers and students participated the seminar. Dr. Suren Raghawan, Mr. Swaminathan Wimal and Miss K. Kamalambikai served as resource persons.

Digital Libraries for Knowledge Enhancement

National Library and Documentation Services Board (NLDSB) and Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) Sri Lanka jointly organize a three-day training programme in Esoft Metro Campus Training Centre, Bambalapitiya from 30th May to 1st June 2018. Public library staff of the Digital Library Project are participated for the programme.

NLDSB Organises Two Seminars in Jaffna

National Library and Documentation Services (NLDSB) organises two seminars in Jaffna on 18th May 2018. One seminar is on the reading habit survey of school children in Northern and Eastern Provinces which is organised in Jaffna Zonal Education office for the officers involved in education field in Northern Province.

The other seminar is on the contribution of the book publishing for the reawakening of intellectual culture in post-colonial period with special reference the Sri Lanka National Bibliography (retrospective) Tamil medium. This seminar is conducted in Jaffna Public Library for the public librarians, authors, publishers and students.

Workshop on Right to Information Act: The Role and Contribution of a Librarian - 16th May 2018

The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) library and Information Centre in partnership with Sri Lanka National Library and Documentation Services Board is organizing a “Workshop on Right to Information Act: The Role and Contribution of a Librarian” on Wednesday 16th May 2018 from 09:30a.m. to 03:45p.m. Room 105 Atlantis at the BCIS to create awareness on the role and contribution of librarians under the recently implemented Right to Information Act [2016].


BCIS Librarian - 071 8739076/

National Library Research Symposium – 2018

As the main government organization in library and information science field, National Library and Documentation Services Board (NLDSB) has a special responsibility to promote research in library and Information science field in Sri Lanka. As one programme to promote research in library field, National Library and Documentation Services Board (NLDSB) has made arrangements to organize a research symposium on 26th of October 2018.

The symposium mainly concentrates on Library and Information Science professionals, academics and researchers in the field of Library and Information Science to generate a new knowledge in the field. Also we have given the preference not only to library and information science field but also to other related fields as well. It is a good opportunity for library professionals who are interested in research in the relevant field.

Bearing in mind the above objectives, the NLDSB intends to organize the Annual Research Symposium on the theme “Promoting Research Culture through Sharing Knowledge”.

You are kindly invited to submit your abstract and full papers before the deadline given.

Main Theme

"Promoting Research Culture through Knowledge Sharing"

Sub Theme

  • Information Technology and Librarianship
  • New techniques and applications for modern research world
  • Importance of data management
  • Importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Digital technology for Information literacy
  • Social media and Web technology in libraries
  • New library management skills
  • Education and Learning Process
  • Promotion of reading habits and creating a reading culture
  • Conservation and Preservation challenges in Libraries
  • Archival Management

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstracts - 25th May 2018
    Notice:- Submission of the abstracts will be extended to 4th June 2018

  • Notification for acceptance - 20th June 2018
  • Full paper submission - 16th July 2018
  • Date of symposium - 26th October 2018

Submission for Papers

  • Authors are advised to send their manuscript as an Abstract.
  • The manuscript should contain previously unpublished or unreported observation in English/ Sinhala and Tamil.
  • Authors should address to the guidelines given below to paper their manuscript.
  • Submission of manuscript should be sent to the Library Research Division and Email.


Tel: +94 11 3056388/ +94 71 9569470      Fax: +94 11 2605201      Email:

Acceptance for Paper

  • All submitted manuscript will be subject to a panel for experts. Your understanding and Corporation are highly appreciated.
  • The proceeding will be released on the first day of the symposium.

Guideline for authors

Authors must follow the instruction and format outline below while submitted manuscript.


The Titles needs to be less than 15 words and in the title case.


Abstract should be informative and not more than 500 words.

Article/Full Paper

  • Article should consist of at least 3000-5000 words.
  • Article should be word processed and printed double spaced.
  • All Graphs and Figures should be consist in Black & White colours. Don’t use multivariate colours.

The first Page of the Article should be contain the following

  • Title of the article.
  • Name(s) and affiliation of author (s).
  • Complete address, Contact Numbers and Email address with a passport size photograph.
  • The presenting author’s name should be underlined.


  • The paper should be in Ms-Word format
  • Font type - Times New Roman, FM Abhaya, Kalaham
  • Font Size - 12pts and Line Space 1.5

Medium of Manuscripts

  • Can be accepted Sinhala, English and Tamil


Authors are advised to adhere to APA (American Psychological Association) 6th edition style for both in – text citation and references list.

APA Reference List Examples

  1. Book with Single Author:
  2. Gore, A. (2006). An inconvenient truth: The planetary emergency of global warming and what we can do about it. Emmaus, PA: Rodale.
            In-text reference: (Gore, 2006)

  3. Book with Two Authors:
  4. Michaels, P. J., & Balling, R. C., Jr. (2000). The satanic gases: Clearing the air about global warming. Washington, DC: Cato Institute.
            In-text reference: (Michaels & Balling, 2000)

  5. Book with Editor as Author:
  6. Galley. K. E. (Ed.). (2004). Global climate change and wildlife in North America. Bethesda, MD: Wildlife Society.
            In-text reference: (Galley, 2004)

  7. An Anonymous Book:
  8. Environmental resource handbook. (2001). Millerton, NY: Grey House.
            In-text reference: (Environmental Resource Handbook, 2001)

  9. Magazine Articles:
  10. Allen, L. (2004, August). Will Tuvalu disappear beneath the sea? Global warming threatens to swamp a small island nation. Smithsonian, 35(5), 44-52.
    Begley, S., & Murr, A. (2007, July 2). Which of these is not causing global warming? A. Sport utility vehicles; B. Rice fields; C. Increased solar output. Newsweek, 150(2), 48-50.
            In-text reference: (Allen, 2004)
                                            (Begley, 2007)

  11. Website:
  12. United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2007, May 4). Climate Change. Retrieved From the Environmental Protection Agency website:
            In-text reference: (United States Environmental, 2007)

    Gelspan, R. (2007). The Heat Is Online. Lake Oswego, OR: Green House Network. Retrieved from The Heat Is Online website:
            In-text reference: (Gelspan, 2007)


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

Opening hours of the National Library

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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Colombo 07
Sri Lanka
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