Jaffna Public Library (யாழ் பொது நூலகம்) in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, is the famous library in Sri Lanka by historical and Sri Lankan civil war. It functions under the Jaffna Municipal Council. The library was built in 1933 and burnt in 1981. During early 1980s, it was one of the biggest libraries in Asia, containing over 97,000 books and manuscripts.In 2001, rehabilitation of the library was completed with new structure and new books. Even though, old books and manuscripts were not replaced.
Jaffna Municipal Council of the Jaffna District in the Northern Province has been awarded “Swarna Purawara” Certificate for winning the 1st Place by the Jaffna Public Library.
Jaffna Public Library won the first place at the Awards Ceremony for the Best Public Libraries in Sri Lanka which was organized by Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils together with University of Kelaniya-Department of Library and Information Science.
Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda and Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri took part at this celebration of the success which was held at Jaffna Public Library on 27th October 2014.
Now Days, Success is observed in almost at every sector of socio – economic fields of northern people.
Governor wishes the relevant officials who brought the success.
“Books and computers are assets to any organizations, as it helps to improve the efficiency of working standards in many ways. It is well appreciated that a foreign delegation getting involved in this noble service.”
Handing over ceremony of books and computers to Jaffna Public Library and medical items to Jaffna Teaching Hospital was held in Jaffna Public Library. Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri participated as chief guest and hand over the books and equipments.
Federation of Malaysian Sri Lankan Organizations (FOMSO) and Dr. Puvanendran have jointly donated these items. 1 million rupees worth books were donated. Mayoress of Jaffna Mrs.Y.Patkunarajah received them from Governor. Director of Jaffna hospital received medical items from Governor.
President of FOMSO Dato’ S. Kulasegaran, Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan and other relevant officials also participated at this event.
Her Excellency Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commission for Human Rights arrived in Sri Lanka on a 7 day official visit. She was accompanied by five senior officials of the UN Human Right Council.
During her tour to the north part of Sri Lanka, she met Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri at his office in Jaffna on 27th August 2013 and had discussion regarding the current situation of the province. Governor G A Chandrasiri had a breakfast meeting with UN High Commissioner and briefed the main development and reconciliation activities which took place after the end of hostilities in 2009.
Governor gave a clear explanation to the questions raised by UN High Commissioner for human rights especially on resettlement, rehabilitation and land issues.