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Hilariously untouristy

Worth a visit to see something of local culture at play. No women in periodical reading room... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2018
North London
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Good place if you want to read local dailies

We visited this place since we had time to kill. Did not undertake a tour of the premises but spent... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2018
Balaji J
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Jaffna, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 9 August 2018

This is one of Jaffna‘s most prominent landmarks. The library was built in 1933 and got destroyed in 1981 during the civil war. This was known to be one of the largest libraries in Asia back in 1980's that had around 100,000 books and other...More

1  Thank Vachintha
Reviewed 7 August 2018

It was funtastic experience visiting the library, saw how the micro film reader works, yazh, india corner...must visit place .very quite and people are getting benefitted...

Thank AkilaP23
Reviewed 19 July 2018

We visited this place since we had time to kill. Did not undertake a tour of the premises but spent the time reading. They have the entire range of local newspapers to read. Also magazines. They are open to public for reading only from 4.30...More

Thank Balaji J
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Unfriendly staff. Limited rooms for tourists to visit. Not very public at all. Not worth going inside.

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 14 July 2018

Jaffna public Library is Sri Lanka's prominent and biggest library. Before the war there were many books and once it was south asia's biggest library as well. Public can visit inside. Photos and videos not allowed. Two stories building. must visit place in Jaffna

Thank Mohamed Ricshan A
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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.