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Senior Assistant Librarian, Faculty of Science.

Mrs. S. Ileperuma, Senior Assistant Librarian, Faculty of Science went on sabbatical leave from 25th February 2014 and
Mrs. Harshani N.K. Dissanayake was appointed to the Faculty of Science Library until the return of Mrs. Ileperuma. Mrs. Dissanyake graduated from the same faculty in 1988 with BSc (Special) in Chemistry and Obtained an M Phil in Natural Products Chemistry in 1993 from the same faculty. She obtained Masters in Library and information Science from University of Colombo in 2002. Mrs. Dissanayake is a Life Member of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Associate Member of the Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA), member of the Institute of Chemistry and University Librarians' Association (ULA). She has worked as a Scientific Officer in the ITI (formerly CISIR) and as Librarian / Documentation Officer of International Centre for Ethnic Studies before joining the University of Peradeniya Library in 2009.

We wish both Mrs. Ileperuma and Mrs. Dissanayake, success in all their academic, professional and personal endeavours.

Dental Sciences Library University of Peradeniya
Subcommittee for Library and E-learning of the Faculty of Dental Sciences organized the “ User Awareness Seminar on Resources and Retrieval of Health Information for the 2nd year BDS students”, Faculty of Dental Sciences  on 11th February 2014 at the IT Center, University of Peradeniya . It was sponsored by HELLIS – (Health Literature and Library Information Service Network ,WHO).
It was hands on training and covered the following subject areas.
Access to E-journals and E–Books,  Searching Techniques,   Searching Medical Literature through PUBMED
Resource persons: 
Dr. C. Jayawardane, Senior Lecturer, Department of Basic Sciences Faculty of Dental Sciences                                                             
Ms. Sriyani Perera  / Senior Assistant Librarian, Medical Library Sunil Premarathne/ Senior Assistant Library, Dental Sciences Library


Academic Journals through UGC Consortium
Sri Lanka consortium of electronic journal databases was set up by the University Grants Commission and access has been provided to Elsevier (Engineering) and Emerald databases. Taylor and Francis, Oxford University Press, SAGE Research Methods Online and Wiley also will be available shortly. You can access them through our library web page by clicking Link

New appointments
Ms. Dilani Kanishka Abeyrathne was appointed to the post of Assistant Librarian in the Library Network of University of Peradeniya. She obtained her first degree, B. Sc (first class honors) from the same university. She received the university award for academic excellence in the year 2010/2011. She has served as a Demonstrator in the Department of Botany before joining the Library Network. At present she is attached to the Agriculture Library.

Mr. Rivikantha Herath assumed duties on 1st of March 2013 at the main library of University of Peradeniya as the Programmer of ICT Division. He obtained his first degree, B Sc. (physical sciences) from University of Peradeniya and currently reading for the M Sc. in computer science at the Post Graduate Institute of Science (PGIS). Prior to his appointment at the university he has worked at GniusIT (Pvt) Ltd. as Web Developer.

Staff Promotions
Mr.Ajantha Dhrmarathne has been promoted to the post of Senior Assistant Librarian Gr.II with effect from 01st June 2011




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Exhibition in the Main Library, University of Peradeniya on 9th and 10th October 2014

Parallel to the 60th anniversary of the University of Peradeniya, Main Library organized a two day exhibition showcasing some of its treasured possessions. Among these exhibits, were the historical documents, rare and old palm leaf manuscripts, rare Tamil publications, items used in the library in the old days etc. The Emeritus Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra Collection opened in the Main Library in May 2014 was also opened for public viewing during this two-day period.

To coincide with the exhibition, Mr. Buddhika Konara, an MPhil student of the Department of Sinhala conducted a highly informative and enlightening lecture on “Historical documents found in the Main Library” at the library premises. click link below for photos.


Display of books by Late Prof. D. J. Kalupahana

Display of books authored by Prof. D. J. Kalupahana is taking place at the Main Library of University of Peradeniya until 21st of February 2014.
Prof. D. J. Kalupahana,  a brilliant student of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies passed away in Hawaii recently. He was the Emeritus Professor of  Philosophy in University of Hawaii. Prof. Kalupahana served at the Department if Pali and Buddhist after his graduation in 1959 and served nearly a dacade before joining University of Hawaii.
University of Peradeniya  awarded him the honorary Doctor of Literature Degree in 1998. He established a scholarship in his name for students specializing in Buddhist Studies BA degree programme  and donated  his personal library collection of books to the Peradeniya University library.
At the ceremonial opening of his collection on the 25th of October 2001 he said “ I had a free education all the way up to the Ph.D. Degree and the University of Ceylon was the institution that helped me to be whatever I am today. As such I had a deep obligation to this institution. I felt that by donating the books, many of which were found to be not in the Main Library, I was fulfilling this obligation. ”


ULA Annual General Meeting -2014.

The Annual General Meeting of the University Librarians Association (ULA) of Sri Lanka was held on the 07th February 2014 at 10.30 a.m. at the Postgraduate Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.

Prof. Atula Senaratne, Vice Chancellor and Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake, Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Peradeniya  graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour respectively.   Dr. P. Wijetunga, Librarian of University of Peradeniya delivered the welcome address.  The biannual journal of the University Librarians Association was offered to the head table by the Editor Mr. Ajantha Dharmarathne, Senior Assistant Librarian of the Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science Library. The vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Sunil Premarathne, Secretary of ULA and the Senior Assistant Librarian of the Faculty of Dental Sciences. 


Donation of C.G. Weeramantry collection
Judge C. G. Weeramantry, former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice ceremonially handed over his personal collection to the library of the University of Peradeniya on the 15th of July 2013. He also delivered a special oration on “Peace Education” at the University Senate room.


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