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Donations, Bequests, Valuable and Special Collections

Donations, Bequests and Valuable Collections

The library's holdings from its inception have been enriched from time to time by donations, bequests and purchases of valuable collections in private hands. A. Pathmanabha, Charles Batuwantudawe, T.W. Rhys Davids, Rev. Rambukwelle Siddhartha, A. C. Sulaiman, Andreas Nell, Lucian Janz, E.J.Thomas, George Grierson, H.R. Hamley, Albert M. Fehring, C.W. Nicholas and George H. Wickramanayake are some of the important collections that have been catalogued, accessioned and merged with the general collection of the Main Library.

Others partly catalogued or listed are available for consultation in the library, and are still maintained as separate collections for reference only. Since they are in locked cases, requests to use them should be made to the Senior Assistant Librarian/ Reader Services. Borrowing is not permitted under any circumstances. Most significant of these collections are:

Name of the collection Location
Lesley de Saram; Henry de Mel Ceylon Room - Ground Floor
Donald Ferguson; W.A. de Silva Cataloguing Div.- Ground Floor
Richard Abeysekara; M.D.Ratnasuriya Asst. Librarian's Room (Reader Services)- First floor
D.J.Kalupahana Collection (with restricted borrowing facilities for permanent members of the Dept. of Pali & Buddhist Studies) Philosophy and religion room- Second Floor
John Blaze; R. Sri Pathmanadan Third Floor - next to UNO Room
D.E.P.Hettiarachchi Basement

Special Collections

The library also possesses the following collections of rare and important materials built up during the last 80 years:

Name of the collection and location Contents
Ceylon Room (Ground Floor) A permanent reference collection on Sri Lanka, containing monographs, periodicals and periodical articles on Sri Lanka, written in all languages. A comprehensive range of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) government publications from 1860 and theses submitted to the university from 1942, including copies of some theses submitted to foreign universities by Sri Lankan authors as well as books on any subject published outside Sri Lanka, by Sri Lankan authors are deposited in the Ceylon Room
Legal Deposit Materials Collection (Legal deposit materials room in the basement) Not accessible to readers Beginning 1955, the University of Peradeniya Library receives a copy each of all publications (excluding newspapers) printed in Sri Lanka and registered in the National Archives Department under the Printers and Publishers Ordinance, enacted in 1886 and revised in 1952. The collection in the library begins with materials published in 1952. In March 1999, there were 226,453 items in the collection. An accession number, allocated by the Archives Department, identifies each item in the collection. The members of all universities in Sri Lanka are permitted to use the materials in this collection for their research needs, with prior arrangement.
Collection of Palm Leaf Manuscripts (Ground Floor and Basement) The library possesses over 5000 palm-leaf manuscripts, which have been catalogued, accessioned and microfilmed. Photocopies of a reasonable number of leaves of these manuscripts can be provided using the library microfilm reader printer.
Collection of Microfilms of Rare Materials belonging to the University of Peradeniya Library A major part of the rare materials belonging to the University of Peradeniya Library have been microfilmed on 16mm. and 35mm. reel microfilm. A4 size copies of items in the rare materials collection are obtainable through the library microfilm reader printer. Reputed scholarly libraries in Sri Lanka and abroad are permitted to obtain either duplicates of these microfilms or print outs by prior arrangement. For details please contact the Librarian.
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