University of Colombo Library

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The University of Colombo library system contained with the Central Library and faculty libraries. The Library, Faculty of Medicine is at Kynsey Road and the Library, Faculty of Science is at Thurstan Road. The Central Library is located in a five storied building between the Law Faculty Building Complex and the Arts Faculty Building Complex. The library consists of books and periodicals in Humanities, Education, Law, Management, and Social Sciences. The main entryway to the library is facing the Reid Avenue.


The library of the Medical College was established in 1870, the same year that the medical faculty was initiated. The library is the second oldest medical library in the continent of Asia. It is housed on the first floor of the administration building of the medical faculty on the Kynsey Road. The seating quantity of the library is more than 160. The medical library is the focal point of the Health Literature Libraries and Information Services Network (HELLIS) and privileged as the WHO depository library in the country.

The Faculty of Science library is on the Ground floor of the modernized physics building which is near to the Dean’s office of the faculty. The library included with Permanent Reference unit, Reference unit, Reading room, Lending section, Periodicals section and the Computer room. This like other leading libraries, this also charging the extra fee when lent books were not returned. The library provided with around the capacity of 150 seatings for readers.

Service Offering

  • Catalogue of library resources
  • Reader Service
  • Inquiry Service
  • Photocopying Service
  • Inter Library Loan Service
  • Document Delivery Service
  • Subject Specialists Service
  • Conference Hall facility
  • Cloak Room
  • Reading Rooms
  • E-Resource Center
  • Wifi


How to register as a member in library?

staff member - To become a staff member, the person must fill an application for registration.
Students - Students were enrolled while the opening time of faculty in a new academic year.
Postgraduate Students - They could register by using ID card of university or library fee's Payment receipt.
Outside Researchers - Foreign researcher will be charged for Rs.500/= and 200/= for local researchers for a month. This Temporary membership can be continued to maximum of three months durations.

What are the fine payment procedures and cost?

Rs 15.00 - Will be charged if reference book has not returned within the due date.
Rs 10.00 - Will be charged if lending books are not returned by due date.
Rs 25.00 - Charged as fine If any student lost their Cloak Room tokens.
The above mentioned fines are made to the Circulation Desk are need to be paid within time duration between 9.30a.m. to 11.30a.m. (Tuesday through Saturday), 1.30p.m. to 6.30p.m. (Sunday and Monday).



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