Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Sri Lanka  /  Northern Province  /  Jaffna  /  Miscellaneous  /  Jaffna Public Library

Jaffna Public Library, Jaffna

3.7
#6 of 21 in Things to do in Jaffna
Library Traveler Resource
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.
Arrange to visit Jaffna Public Library and other attractions in Jaffna using our Jaffna travel itinerary maker.
Source
Create an itinerary including Jaffna Public Library
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
128 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • As tourists/visitors are not permitted to enter you only to see the library sections from the desk at the entrance. There are som interesting photos from the days of the blast of the place. Do take a ...  more »
  • it's sad during d war many rare books treasures etc were burnt n distroyed. Also it's was damaged now re buit it again.  more »
  • This was one of the biggest disappointments, as its such a hyped-up place. The visiting hours are restricted (between 4:30-6pm and you can only visit 2 small reading room areas - and everything else i...  more »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Jaffna

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Jaffna

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.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Jaffna by other users

5 days in Colombo & Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 1 day in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA September, kids, beaches, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 2 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA September, kids, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 2 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM CANADA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SPAIN October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans