Established in 1983, BPUSL Library System consisted of two libraries viz.: Homagama Internal Education Centre-Library and Colombo Head Office Library. The Library system is currently home to nearly 38,372 books, 56 periodical titles, 35 Ola-leaf manuscripts and a collection of Audio and Video Cassettes, and electronic materials on CD, VCD and DVD formats. The sacred Dhamma cannon Tripitaka is available in six languages and in both traditional and electronic formats. Books and periodicals are acquired to facilitate the needs of the course modules of the University. More emphasis is given for the following disciplines in the selection process of materials; Buddhism Buddhist Literature, Pali Language and Literature, Sanskrit Language and Literature, English language and Literature, Archaeology, Buddhist Arts, History and Social Science. In addition, general reading materials such as books, reference sources like Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Guide books are also annually enriching the library collection. Internet and e-mail facilities are also available for readers at the Colombo Head Office Library.


Following Library materials are not permitted for lending:

Periodicals; Rare Books, Ola-Leaf materials; Reference & Special Collections, A/V & Electronic materials (CD,VCD,DVD & Diskettes)

Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)

Online public access catalogue (OPAC) is available to access all the items of the library. There are 3 computers allocated to access the OP AC and they are placed in the Main Hall of the library.

Library opening hours

Main library at Homagama

  • Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Only on week days)
  • Closed on weekends, Public holidays and days notified as holidays by the university.
  • The opening hours of the Library will be extending during the examination periods in the University.

Library at Colombo

  • Saturday & Sunday 8.30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Closed on Monday to Friday

Branch Library

The library is located at 214, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07.

Books, Periodicals are available for post graduate courses in that library


The library is well organized by dividing into major divisions according to the Broad subject. Disciplines with a view to build up the collection along with developments of the facilities of the university. All relevant documents are allocated at the divisions with a separate entity for convenience of the users. Periodicals are maintained as a separate section for easy retrieval of the resources.

Major sections are as follow:

  • Buddhist Philosophy & Buddhist Culture division
  • Archeology division
  • English language & Literature division
  • Languages division (Sinhala, Pali & Sanskrit



Center of intense Buddhist intellectual inquiry, the most dynamic learning environment in the world in the teachings of the Buddha; ensure its collections remain scholarly, intellectual and diverse in breadth and form; open to exploring, and of world-renowned quality; with the resources available to users for excellence in support for the learning, teaching and research; through cutting-edge innovations made access to these resources easier; preserve information across all formats that ensure effective storage and delivery systems for serving all users; fosters and nourishes circles of partners yielding unified access both in and outside Sri Lanka to broaden knowledge and reach a high standard in virtue.


The mission of the library of the Buddhist and Pali University is to provide comprehensive and innovative resources and services in support of research, teaching, and learning needs of the University user community and the other circles of partners both in and outside Sri Lanka as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. To fulfill this mission, the Library commits to:

  • Provide a pleasant, user oriented and user centered learning environment;
  • Provide the information and services of highest quality through effective management of resources and skills for teaching, learning and researching, by understanding and learning the needs of its users;
  • Build collections and create tools to support research, teaching, and learning and disseminate relevant information on right time to facilitate the teaching, and learning and research;
  • Assist and provide access and promote the discovery and use of local and external information resources;
  • Ensure the preservation and long-lasting availability of Library collections and resources.
  • Collaborate with other members of the University to enrich the research and learning community;
  • Advance and link with local, national, and international library and information initiatives;
  • Develop, encourage, and sustain expertise, skill, commitment and an innovative spirit in the staff of the library of the Buddhist and Pali University.

Our Values

In all of our relations, we shall be guided by these values:

Enhancing knowledge

  • Encourage the process of learning and the life of the mind.
  • Facilitate truth seeking through discourse and investigation.
  • Support and contribute to scholarly inquiry.
  • Promote the Library as both a real and virtual extended classroom.
  • Take up our role as collectors and custodians of the intellectual record.

In providing service

  • Offer an environment that supports creativity, flexibility, and collaboration.
  • Believe that each user of the Library is unique and important.
  • Shall evolve to meet the changing needs of the Library and its users.
  • Maintain a user friendly, comfortable, welcoming and secure place for study, research, work, reflection and interaction.

Maintaining quality

  • Commit ourselves to excellence.
  • Seek the services of the best people and resources to accomplish our work.
  • Support individual growth and organizational development.
  • Shall work diligently to exceed the expectations of those we serve.
  • Shall maintain integrity
  • Shall relate to each other with honesty and candor.
  • Shall adhere to the principles of fairness, justice and equality in our work.
  • Shall promote the highest standards of our profession, including open and equitable access to information.
  • Shall demonstrate a strong work ethic, taking responsibility for our actions, keeping our word, and following through on our commitments.

Respect to our users

  • Treat everyone with equal consideration and courtesy.
  • Encourage differences in perspective, opinions and ideas.
  • Consider the needs of others.
  • Provide an environment that is inclusive and diverse.

In effective communication

  • Engage in open and honest communication at all levels.
  • Recognize the importance of Library-wide participation.
  • Reach out to all segments of our user communities.
  • Share information and solicit opinions about decisions that affect the success of the Library.

Librarian's Message

The services and resources that the library of the Buddhist and Pali University provide are the bedrock on which the Buddhist community builds its high standard of learning, teaching and conducting research. The library today combines traditional roles with an ongoing commitment to transformation of its facilities and services in order to assist the University in fulfilling its objectives and mission. To achieve this, the library shall effort considerably to support to its fullest extent the University's aspiration, to retain, and ultimately increase, its standing as one of the best Buddhist Universities in the world. The basic characteristic of a good academic library is its total identification with its institution because the measure of its excellence is determined by the extent to which its resources and services support the academic pursuits of the institution.

We understand that our library plays a critical role in supporting learning and the creation and dissemination of new scholarly resources all over the world. It is used as a dynamic instrument for explaining and expanding the horizons of knowledge on the teachings of the Buddha. It is a well known fact that the library exist in a rapidly changing environment. As such we have to preserve past knowledge while offering the latest resources, services and make use of the Information Technology in dissemination of information. To meet this challenge, it necessitates acquiring extensive and appropriate resources, enabling ready and straightforward access to them, and using both traditional and cutting-edge methods of acquisition, access and delivery of service to users.

All these include systems and processes that could be used to acquire, organize, store, access, retrieve, teach and disseminate knowledge and information in all formats, both traditional and digital. Access to scholarly resources and information services to the students, users, faculty and staff is our primary goal. In reaching this, we will attempt to address the ongoing needs for new electronic content and archival collections. New technologies are currently being implemented and will enhance the library services ‘to the user community in the university.

The services of the library to users will be improved and developed and will take account of users' needs to a much greater extent than before. Staff providing the services will have apposite skills, will work flexibly and responsively.

Please let us know how we can assist you in your research and study needs. We are eager to listen to your comments and concerns in order to provide you with an improved service. Also if there are specific ways we can assist with your learning, teaching, and research needs, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Resources & Collections

  • Permanent Reference
  • Lending
  • Periodicals
  • Rare Collection (Theasease)
  • Audio Visual Collection


  • Classification Scheme
  • Audio Visual Collection

System of Arrangement

Books are arranged on the shelves by subjects according to the international standard classification scheme called “Dewy Decimal classification “outline of classification schedule is displayed in all major arrears of the library. The user can use any access point such as the title, Names of author/ authors, compiles, editors, and classification number etc. to retrieve the items.


  • Reader Service
  • Reference Service
  • Photocopy Service
  • Reading Rooms
  • Inter Library Loans
  • Content Pages
  • New Arrivals
  • E-mail Information
  • Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) Services

Photocopy Service

The Photocopying units are located in the library for the benefit of the users at nominal fees. This service enables the user to obtain relevant parts & articles from the library materials. Photocopying charges as follows:

A4 (29x21 cm) Single
B5 (50x70 em) Single
Rs. 1.00
A3 (42x29 em) Single
Legal (35x22 em) Single

Inter Library Loans

Inter library loans allow to borrow books from other libraries and lend the book to other libraries among the Universities on mutual co-operation. Inter library code for Sri Lankan University libraries which is being recently accepted by the UGC/SCOLIS is followed for uniformity of the practice. Academic and research workers from other university libraries are given the ILL facilities on request.

Please download and complete the form below for any interlibrary loan (ILL) request. Forward the duly completed form to "

Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) Services

Selective dissemination of information (SDI) services regularly alert users to new information on their closer topics.

The library circulates content pages of current issues of periodical to the academic staff to promote the use of the periodicals. New accessions are displayed in the ground t1<) or of the library. Availability is acknowledged through news letter and through E-mails. List of Books are also provided to the users on request.

Membership & Registration

The following persons are eligible for the University membership:

  • Registered internal undergraduate students
  • Registered post-graduate Students
  • Members of the permanent Academic Staff
  • Members of the temporary Academic Staff
  • Members of the permanent non-academic Staff
  • The membership for researcher will be provided with the special permission from the librarian.

The Registered students of the University are automatically entitled to become a member of the library. They should fill the membership form & submit to the registration counter to obtain the library tickets. Application for the library membership can be obtain from the Reader Service section. The Registration counter is located at the ground floor of the library. Staff members are registered by submitting the duly completed application form after the receipt of a copy of the letter of appointment.


  • Academic Staff
  • Internal Students (both Lay & Monk)
  • Post Graduate Students (Internal)
  • Visiting Academic Staff
  • Non-Academic Staff
  • Special Researchers (on approval of the Librarian)
  • Except Special Researchers, all the categories entitled to be members should obtain their Library Borrowers’ Tickets from the Library by submitting the duly filled enrollment application to the Librarian.

Circulation & Borrowing

All the circulation activities are performed at the main counter of the library. All books with PR spine labels are not available on loan.

Books with GR and lending spine labels may be checked out for outside use. SR books will be issued 2 hours prior to the closing of the library and to be returned before 10.00 am of the following day of library opening. Weekends and public holidays are exempt from this rule. Overdue charges will be imposed on late returns.

Loan Category Loan Period Overdue Charges
Lending 2 Weeks Rs. 2.00 per day
Special Reference Overnight Rs.I0.00 Per hour


(For academic Staff)

It is required to produce library tickets along with the university record Book or identity card at the time of check-out of library materials.

Borrowers are responsible for the prompt return in good condition of all materials borrowed.

It is the responsibility of the library user to check for any damage to library materials such as tom out pages, defacing etc. and to get an endorsement from the library staff at the issuing counter to that effect in the library material concerned. In the absence of such a report, the library materials will be presumed to have been in good condition when loaned, and the borrower will be held responsible and fined for any damage observed at the time library materials are returned.

All checked out materials have to be produced for inspection by security officers at the main entrance.

PR books and periodicals will be issued only for photocopying.

Library Ticket

Internal under graduate students

1st & 2nd & 3rdYear Lending Reference Total
4th Year 2 1 3
  3 1 4

Post graduate students

  • Lending - 2

Academic & executive staff

Category Lending Reference
Sm. Professor / Professor / Deans / Heads of the Dept / Sm. Lecturer 10 05
Lecturer 08 04
Temporary Asst. Lecturer 05  
executives 06 02
Non-academic staff 02  


Library tickets are not transferable. The holder of library tickets is responsible for any library material issued under such tickets and therefore should protect them with utmost care.

The loss of library tickets should be reported to the registration counter immediately. Duplicate copies can be obtained after submitting a duly completed form from 1 month of the submission. Replacement charge is Rs. 25.00 per ticket.

The library tickets should be returned to the Reader's Adviser Desk after the final examination. Then the library will be issued a no claim certificate is a must to obtain the Degree certificate or any other certificate issued by the university. If no claim certification is lost, he has to pay Rs. 25.00 to obtain the same again.