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Very warm inside

Couldn’t get very excited about this place. No doubt it’s a good place to study but for a tourist... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Pretty Building

This is a beautiful architectural building. There is a statue of learning in front.Visiting hours... read more

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Jaffna, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Couldn’t get very excited about this place. No doubt it’s a good place to study but for a tourist it is hot, not air conditioned and rather dull. The building however is quite impressive.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful architectural building. There is a statue of learning in front.Visiting hours are restricted. The garden is beautiful. A good photo opportunity.

Thank 3SEse7
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

Short experience as most of the library rooms are off limits for visitors. It's a shame to have had this place destroyed earlier, you can feel the enormous wealth of knowledge and history this place would have stored. Friendly staff and worth a short visit

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Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

If TripAdvisor allowed to give no stars at all this is the place for which I have used it. A complete waste of time. They do not allow you to enter any of the rooms which houses the books.not even to know what kind of...More

Thank Malki S
Reviewed 25 September 2018

This is a beautiful white building near the Jaffna fort. Known to be the biggest library in Asia in past. destroyed in 1980/1 due to the civil war. Visitors are not allowed to use books though.

Thank lakshansilva
Reviewed 2 September 2018

The biggest library in Sri Lanka surrounded by a beautiful garden is located very close to the Jaffna clock tower, the tall white column and the police station on the way to Jaffna Fort. The library looks like a newly renovated building.

Thank Maria T
Reviewed 19 August 2018

one of the most popular library in Asia. Consider World well known library. Must visit in Sri Lanka. Full of knowledge

Thank 007vignes
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit to see something of local culture at play. No women in periodical reading room, tourists not allowed anywhere Toilet floors swimming in water abd no taps working 4 security men at entrance Did look nice if allowed in

Thank the_finchley_lees
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Nice building, well renovated but poor content: you can just walk into a few corridors and cannot enter departments: you will not see much not see many explanations. But important historical place in Jaffna.

Thank guillermo_calvino
Reviewed 10 August 2018

open from 9am to 17hrs.Entrance is free of charge.we find the all the books.there are two areas.Indian and sri lankan section.photographs not allowed inside the library

Thank Mohamed N
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8 October 2015|
Response from Margaret N | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know the answer. I haven't tried to borrow books.