NATIONAL LIBRARY AND DOCUMENTATION SERVICES BOARD
Kindly inform you that we are compelled to temporarily restrict the access to National Library (NL) due to prevailing health situation in the country. Also note that the NL will be closed on Saturdays until further notice.
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Dr. Michael Roberts, former professor, Department of Anthropology at Adelaide University, Australia donates his research collection of books, articles, journals, documents, etc.; to the National Library of Sri Lanka. The collection widely available for the benefit of the academics, researchers and general public worldwide.
The Asia Foundation has donated self-protective instruments and materials worth Rs. 1 million to the National Library and Documentation Services Board on 10th June 2020 to distribute among the public libraries in Colombo district. Face masks, face shields, surgical and rubber gloves, water based and alcohol based disinfection are some of the items donated that will help protect library personnel as well as readers and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Priority is given for the public libraries in Colombo district as it has been identified as one of the high-risk areas for spreading Covid-19. Mrs. Dinesha de Silva Wikramanayake, Country Representative of Asia Foundation presented the donation to Mr. W. Sunil, Director General of National Library and Documentation Services Board at the library premises. The NLDSB highly appreciated this worthy cause.
Mrs. Dinesha deSilva Wikramanayake, Country Representative of the Asia Foundation handing over the donation to the Director General of the NLDSB and Mr. Anton Nallathamby, Director- Book Programs looks on.
ජාතික පුස්තකාලය පාඨකයින් සඳහා නැවත දැනුම් දෙන තුරු විවෘත නොවන බව කරුණාවෙන් සලකන්න. ඔබගේ තොරතුරු අවශ්යතා පහත දුරකථන අංක හෝ විද්යුත් තැපෑල හරහා දැනුම් දෙන්න. හැකි පමණින් තොරතුරු මාර්ගගත ලෙස හෝ දුරකථන හරහා ලබාදීමට අප විසින් කරනු ඇත.
இலங்கை தேசிய நூலகத்தின் வாசகர் சேவையானது மறுஅறிவித்தல் வரை மூடப்பட்டுள்ளது. தயவூசெய்து எங்கள் தொலைபேசி எண் மற்றும் மின்னஞ்சல் முகவரி மூலம் உங்கள் தகவல் தேவையை எங்களுக்கு தெரியப்படுத்துங்கள். நாங்கள் மிகச்சிறப்பான சேவையினை உங்களுக்கு வழங்குவோம்.
The National Library of Sri Lanka is closed for readers until further notice. Please let us know your information needs through our telephone numbers and email address. We will do our best to serve you.
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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 2019. 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 2019. 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: +94 70 3535764
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed with Kuliyapitiya Urban Council (KUC) on 20th August 2019 and Kuliyapitiya Model Library is will be beginning according to advice by the National Library and Documentation Services Board (NLDSB).
Mr. P. M. Deepal Chandraratne, Chairman, Mr. W. Sunil, Director General of NLDSB and Mr. A. M. Laxman Adikari, Chairman, Mr. H. M. P. K. Herath, Secretary of KUC were participated the event. Mr. Eran Janaka Halpe member of KUC and officers of the senior staff of NLDSB were participated that occasion. The event organized by Strategic Planning Division of the NLDSB.
Development of research in any field is very instrumental for the development of the respective fields. The main advantage of the conducting research is the generation of new knowledge which is important for education and development. To fulfill that responsibility, Library Research Division will be organizing Annual National Library Research Symposium in this year. This symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss of the cutting–edge issues relating to the fields of Library & Information Science and Social Sciences. It will be an ideal platform for networking and socialization among researchers, academics, professionals and graduate & postgraduate students in the relevant fields.
All submissions to the symposium will be reviewed by independent review panel and we will remove author identifying information before manuscripts are sent to reviewers. Checking the anti-plagiarism and any paper that infringe the intellectual property rights will be rejected. Only the accepted papers will be published and released on the first day of the Conference.
|LIS Students or University Students
(Undergraduate Student reading his/her 1st Degree)
|Authors/ Paper Presenters||2000|
Every Registration includes admission to the Inaugural & all Conference-Sessions, Running Lunches, Refreshment (Morning & Afternoon), Conference Kit with Proceedings and the Certificate of Presentation/Participation.
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National Library Review is a journal on Library and information Science published by the National Library and Documentation Services Board, Sri Lanka. This journal consists of articles on library and information science in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages. The journal is useful for librarians, library science students as well as general readers who are interested in Information Technology and Mass Communication.
Submission open for
January – 2019 Issue
Last Date of Submission
31st March 2019
within 2 weeks after submission
We contribution as extended abstract of full papers form library professionals and researchers from Sri Lanka or foreign. Deadline for submission of papers on or before 29th March, 2019
Authors are advised to send their contribution as extended abstract or full papers. The articles can be accepted in Sinhala, Tamil and English. Those who to submit their articles in Sinhala or Tamil, should attach a separate abstract in English. All the articles should be sent Editor of National Library Review through email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All submitted articles must be original work that is not under submission at another conference/journal/book or under consideration for publication in any other form. Authors have to follow the instructions and format outlined below submitting their research paper:
National Library Review
Publication and Book Development Division
National Library and Documentation Services Board
No 14, independence Avenue, Colombo 07
Tel. 0094 - 112698847 or 0094 – 112687583
Fax. 0094 -112685201
Email : Pub@mail.natlib.lk
Library is a collection of sources of information and similar resources, made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing. It provides physical or digital access to material, and may be a physical building or room, or a virtual space, or both. Modern libraries are increasingly being redefined as places to get unrestricted access to information in many formats and from many sources. They are extending services beyond the physical walls of a building, by providing material accessible by electronic means, and by providing the assistance of librarians in navigating and analyzing very large amounts of information with a variety of digital resources.
One of the main objective is to provide the information in library field, National Library and Documentation Services Board Research Division will be plan to prepare a Library Directory in Sri Lanka. Directory information like this has an important role to play in Library field. It is very useful for Professionals, Academic, Policy Makers, Researchers and Authors to get reliable information.
Collecting reliable data from various range of institutions/authorities in Sri Lanka, Such as public libraries, academic libraries, special libraries, government & non-government libraries, research libraries and private libraries.
We look forward your institution/organization support to fulfill this task. The completed Application form should be sent to Head, Research Division, National Library and Documentation Services Board by Registered Post or as a Excel Data Sheet via Email on or before 15th of March, 2019.Application Form
Mr. Maithree Jayasundara
+94 71 4435475
Mr. Uditha Gunasekara
+94 71 9569470
National Reading Month Award Ceremony 2018 was held on 13th of December 2018 at "Ape Gama" premises. More than 300 librarians and local government officials were participated for this occasion. Dr.Sunil Wijesiriwardhana participated as the chief guest.
Uva Provincial State Literary festival-2018 (Sinhala and Tamil) was held on 12th November 2018 at the auditorium of Uva Provincial Library Services Board (UPLSB). An awarded on the Provincial state award an excellent book of miscellaneous subject of the year 2017, is development on Provincial Central Libraries (Plath Madhya Pusthakala Sanvardhanaya) written by Mr. Wijaya Premadarshana, Assistant Director of NLDSB, and it is published by National Library and Documentation Services Board. This is the first evaluated under Library and Information Science subject (Sinhala) book of Sri Lankan history, and another thing work on a board publication as well as who written by officer’s of the staff of NLDSB.
Mr.Ariya B. Rekawa governor of Uva Province and Mr. Chamara Sampath Dsanayake, chief Minister of Uva Province were took place as the chief guests in that inauguration ceremony, and the function has organized by UPLSB and Ministry of Uva Provicial Education.
NLDSB Research Division had organized the National Library Research Symposium (Natlib Sympo 2018) is another activity carried out by NLDSB for the promotion of library research. The objective of this symposium is to provide an opportunity for the library professionals to present their research papers and also to encourage them to conduct further research in the library and information science field. This year, the theme of the symposium is “Promoting Research Culture through Knowledge Sharing”. It is helpful in NLDSB’s effort to create a research culture in library field in Sri Lanka. Professionals, academics and researchers in the field of Library and Information Science and Social Sciences (20 presentations & over 75 participants) were participated from various regions in Sri Lanka in this time.
Seminar on E-Government, Cyber Security and Social Media for information professionals and management heads in government organizations of Sri Lanka was held on 16th October 2018 at NLDSB main auditorium. Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, Chairman, Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, Mr. Wasantha Deshapriya, Former Secretary, Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, Mr. Nalaka Gunawardene, Journalist and Science Writer, Dr. Kanishka Karunasena, Research and Policy Development Specialist, Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team | Coordination Centre (Sri Lanka CERT) served as resource persons of the seminar.
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 2018. 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 2018. 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 – Ext. 223
(Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and other public holidays)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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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.
Deadline for abstracts - 25th May 2018
Notice:- Submission of the abstracts will be extended to 4th June 2018
Abstract should be informative and not more than 500 words.
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)
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)
Galley. K. E. (Ed.). (2004). Global climate change and wildlife in North America. Bethesda, MD: Wildlife Society.
In-text reference: (Galley, 2004)
Environmental resource handbook. (2001). Millerton, NY: Grey House.
In-text reference: (Environmental Resource Handbook, 2001)
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)
United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2007, May 4). Climate Change. Retrieved From the Environmental Protection Agency website: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange
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: http://www.heatisonline.org
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|
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.”
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.
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 – 0112698847Opening hours of the National Library
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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