Jaffna Public Library, Jaffna

3.6
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. 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. It is Sri Lanka's second main public Library only rivaled by the Library in ColomboThe building's classical lines and beautiful proportions make it stand out architecturally. It contains lush gardens and has been modernized with new facilities such as free-wifi that was added in 2016
Plan your visit to Jaffna Public Library and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Jaffna trip itinerary builder site .
Source
Create an itinerary including Jaffna Public Library
map
Jaffna Public Library Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.0
148 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • It's really a most wonderful place in Jaffana (Srilanka). One of the famous library in the world. Very rare and vaulable book you can read here.  more »
  • All the sections are closed to visitors, so you can only admire the building facade, walk the corridors and see closed doors What is interesting is the statue of Goddess Saraswati - the Hindu Goddess ...  more »
  • It only has historical legacy nothing much to see in present days. Make a visit in your half day city tours in Jaffna city. Can cover this max in 30 min upon arrival to library  more »
Google
  • Library with a great history. It is newly renovated. Could find so many rare books about almost everything.
  • What a beautiful place and important place in Jaffna. We have took this photo in the evening time and it was closed.
  • Newly rebuilt library after it was burned in 1981. Butifull building, but only accessible for tourists inside between 1630 and 1800. Most of the indoor areas of the library are closed for visitors.
  • 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. During the early 1980s, it was one of the biggest libraries in Asia, containing over 97,000 books and manuscripts.[2][3] 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. It is Sri Lanka's second main public Library only rivaled by the Library in Colombo[4] The building's classical lines and beautiful proportions make it stand out architecturally. It contains lush gardens and has been modernized with new facilities such as free-wifi that was added in 2016[5][6]
  • 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
Places to stay near Jaffna Public Library

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.

Plans to Jaffna Public Library by other users

6 days in Jaffna & Kilinochchi BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM OMAN May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA May, outdoors, beaches, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA May, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA June, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Jaffna BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA June, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM NORWAY October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA June, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans