Jaffna Public Library, Jaffna

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Jaffna Public Library in Jaffna, Sri Lanka One of Jaffna's most notable landmarks, it is run by the Jaffna Municipal Council. The library was built in 1933 and burnt in 1981. During the early 1980s, it was one of the biggest libraries in Asia, containing over 97,000 books and manuscripts. In 2001, rehabilitation of the library was completed, with new structure being built and new books received, although its old books and manuscripts were not replaced.
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  • The Jaffna library lacks the staff to give guided tours or have handouts regarding it's importance. This is one of the best libraries in the country & none of the local authorities are interested in d...  more »
  • The Jaffna library built in 1933 was burnt in 1981 and is a horrific reminder of the ethnic tension of the 80s. Over 97000 valuable manuscripts were destroyed (Seneviratne, 2006). It has now risen to ...  more »
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  • The library was built in many stages starting from 1933, from a modest beginning as a private collection. Soon, with the help of primarily local citizens, it became a full-fledged library. The library also became a repository of archival material written in palm leaf manuscripts, original copies of regionally important historic documents in the contested Context[›]political history of Sri Lanka and newspapers that were published hundreds of years ago in the Jaffna peninsula. It thus became a place of historic and symbolic importance to all Sri Lankans
  • Beautiful building - and wonderful reconstruction after the 1981 bombing. Take a walk up the the second story for the open air perch above the entryway... wonderful place to relax and wander - and take a break to read a book (or two)!
  • Jaffna Public Library is located in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. It is one of Jaffna's most notable landmarks, and is run by the Jaffna Municipal Council. The library was built in 1933 and burnt in 1981. #Wikipedia
  • The building's classical lines and beautiful proportions make it stand out architecturally.
  • The biggest Library in Sri Lanka with lot of books. Historical place and pride of Jaffna.

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Jaffna offers a scattered few accommodations for its visitors. They primarily take the form of guesthouses, with some more refined as well as some very basic options on the major boulevards and side streets close to the station. Take a peek close to the main green areas in town for some standard, purpose-built hotels, with larger rooms and a few more amenities. Alternatively, look around the peninsula for some more rural places to stay, primarily located near the coast.
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