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Visit to Jaffna Public Library

First time I visited, I was able to go to the top floor and view the sun set in an evening. It was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SuranjaniW
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Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka
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Worth a visit to this place. Sad that it was burnt down in during past civil unrest. Can combine... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2018
PViddyy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Thank SuranjaniW
Reviewed 3 December 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
Thank PViddyy
Reviewed 1 November 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 29 October 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
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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank charithk3111
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lakshansilva
Reviewed 3 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank PolinaMariaVeronika
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

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank 007vignes
Reviewed 17 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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andy222009
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Sorry, I don't know the answer. I haven't tried to borrow books.
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