Jaffna Public Library

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Coordinates: 9°39′43.42″N 80°0′42.61″E / 9.6620611°N 80.0118361°E / 9.6620611; 80.0118361

Jaffna Public Library
யாழ் பொது நூலகம்
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Jaffna Public Library,
Established 1933
Location Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Branches 6[1]
Website Jaffna Public Library

Jaffna Public Library (Tamil: யாழ் பொது நூலகம்) 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.[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]

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  1. ^ Jaffna Library
  2. ^ "Fire at Kandy public library". BBC. Retrieved 2006-03-14. 
  3. ^ Wilson, A.J. Sri Lankan Tamil Nationalism: Its Origins and Development in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, p.125
  4. ^ "Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  5. ^ SureshikaThilakarathna. "Free Wi-Fi from today at 26 public locations in Sri Lanka". Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 

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