Jaffna Library


The Jaffna Library was inaugurated initially in 1934 as a Central Library with 844 books and 36 periodicals. Soon with the help of primarily local citizens, it became a full-fledged library. The Library also become a repository of archival material written in Palm leaf manuscripts, original copies of regionally important historic documents and newspapers that were published hundreds of years ago in the Jaffna peninsula.

Eventually the first major wing of the library was opened in 1959 by then Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah. The architecht of the Indo-Saracenic style building was Narasimhan from Madras, India. Prominent Indian librarian S.R.Ranganathan served as an advisor to ensure that the library was built to international standards. The library became the pride of the local people as even researchers from India and other countries began to use it for their research purposes.

Travel Path

Bus Stand -> Travel through Hospital road 700m ->Turn left to KKS road (AB16) on left side 650m -> Jaffna Library.

Contact Name

Municipal Council (021-2222275)/ Librarian


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