A major role of the National Library and Documentation Services Board is to identify the training needs of the different categories of libraries, organize and conduct In-service training programmes, seminars, workshops, lectures etc. for librarians and library staff, awareness seminars for heads of institutions which the libraries are under them, directing and coordinating of library education activities in Sri Lanka. Through these programmes, National Library expects to upgrade the efficiency and effectiveness of the library professionals in the country.

National Library organizes training programmes in collaboration with following national and provincial level institutions and organizations

  • Ministry of Provincial Council, Provincial Councils and Local Government institutions in the country
  • Ministry of Education and Ministry of Vocational Training
  • Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya
  • National Institute of Library and Information Science (NILIS), University of Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA)

Training programmes, seminars, workshops, lectures

  • Training programmes on Information Communication Technology (ICT) conducted for library staff of different types of libraries
  • Duration 03 Days
    Course fee Rs. 3500.00

  • In-service training programmes
  • Persons who intend to have training on library activities may request to National Library and Documentation Services Board.

    Duration 05 Days
    Course fee Rs. 5000.00

  • Workshops on book publishing methods for printers/ publishers/ writers
  • Duration 02 Days
    Course fee Rs. 4000.00

  • Training programmes on conservation
  • Phase I Phase II
    Duration 03 Days 02 Days
    Course fee Rs. 4500.00 Rs. 2000.00

  • Training programme on conservation of Ola-leaf manuscripts
  • Duration 02 Days
    Course fee Rs. 2500.00

  • Training programmes on document conservation and book binding
  • Duration 02 Days
    Course fee Rs. 4000.00
    Target group Library staff, book binders, record room keepers, document conservator

  • Short term training programmes on Library and Information Science
    • Training Programmes for school librarians and the staff
    • Training programmes, workshops and seminars for public librarians and the other library staff
    • Training programmes for officers in charge of pirivena libraries
    • Training programmes and workshops for staff and trainees of the training colleges and colleges of education

  • Other training programmes for librarians
    • Research methodology
    • Compilation of documentation sources/ secondary information sources
    • Cataloguing and classification of library materials


Address : Assistant Director (Education and Training)
National Library and Documentation Services Board
No. 14; Independence Avenue
Colombo 07
Sri Lanka
Phone : +94 11 3610772
Email :

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