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One of the biggest library in Sri Lanka

We visited Jaffna Public library in our tour program. It's one of the biggest library in Sri Lanka... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AliskaK1
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Good views from the balcony

We popped in because it was open and free! It's a victorian era public library with reading rooms... read more

Reviewed March 11, 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated near Jaffna fort re built recently as it was distroyed by fire about 40 years ago. Lot of the very old books were distroyed.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Jaffna Public library in our tour program. It's one of the biggest library in Sri Lanka, has good collection of books in English. Building has beautiful architecture, area around is green and nice.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 5, 2019 via mobile

A place that you feel more happy when you see the library entrance and get to know more about everything about srilanka

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed March 11, 2019

We popped in because it was open and free! It's a victorian era public library with reading rooms etc. Frankly it wouldn't be a tourist attraction in many other cities but Jaffna doesn't have many.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 8, 2019

Lovely traditional old library, brought back lots of childhood memories. There’s a lending station, a reading room and. children’s library to the rear. There’s nothing unduly special about it but it has great atmosphere and tradition. Public visiting is from 4:30 to 6:00 pm and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 25, 2019 via mobile

Pay heed to the visiting hours! Think during the day visitors are kept out as school kids are given access. The exterior was gorgeous, with a statue of Saraswathy, the goddess of knowledge outside, set in a beautiful garden full of flowers. Read the history...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 2, 2019

First time I visited, I was able to go to the top floor and view the sun set in an evening. It was not possible this time during my visit as the stairway to the top floor was closed, may be due to some construction...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit to this place. Sad that it was burnt down in during past civil unrest. Can combine this with a visit to the fort. Visitors cant enter the main library.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Sorry, I don't know the answer. I haven't tried to borrow books.
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