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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 library was built in 1933 and burnt in 1981. But now it's almost renovated and only picture and posters remains. I would say there is nothing much to see now. It will be only opens at 4.30pm to 6p...  more »
  • no interest to visit this library... you wonder why it's part of visits... We see from the doors reading rooms because no accessible to tourists... ridiculous
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  • A place filled with memories. Once known to be the largest library on the country and later burnt down by the terrorists with a lot of books to be found only in the Jaffna library. Rebuilt and back on...  more »
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  • One of the Famous library in sri lanka. sufficent usefull books are there.
  • Jaffna Public Library (Tamil: யாழ் பொது நூலகம்) 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.
  • One of the biggest and finest library in Southeast Asia in 1960-70s and until it was burnt on 31 May 1981. It was a place of historic and symbolic importance to the Tamil people. In 1996, the then President Chandrika Kumaratunga commissioned a project to rebuilt the library. The library was reopened in 2003.
  • This is an asset of jaffna tamils. Acutely it was a largest library in asia. Unfortunately it burnt with 97000 books. Lots of history regarding tamil culture destroyed.
  • One of the best libraries in South Asia before the war . Must visit place in Jaffna . Has s AC auditorium , bicycle parking & good canteen as well