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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  • September 10, 2017
    There is history behind this place and worth the visit. Its is very creditable that it has been rebuilt and slowly getting back to its old glory. Lots of intellectuals have gone through this place and...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    This Library has been restored to its early glory, and contains a vast collection of valuable books. It also acts as a centre of learning for the local students. restricted acces to visitors.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    It is a nice building, not really special. For me the most interesting was to see how proud they are about this building and how they use it. People are reading newspapers, there are archives, etc..  more »
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  • June 7, 2017
    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
  • July 14, 2017
    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)!
  • June 15, 2017
    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
  • March 25, 2017
    The building's classical lines and beautiful proportions make it stand out architecturally.
  • June 1, 2017
    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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