Opening of the Palm-leaf manuscript Preservation and Conservation Unit in the Main Library

The ceremonial opening of the Palm-leaf manuscript Preservation and Conservation Unit was held 15thMay 2018 under the patronage of Prof.Upul B. Dissanayake, theVice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya.

The ancient rare palm-leaf manuscripts are a precious treasure for the Library which possesses the literary evidence of the society to trace the cultural legacy of Sri Lanka. Comparing the palm-leaf collections available in the country, University of Peradeniya holds the 2nd largest collection and it is the largest collection holds in a university library.

The collection is nearly about 5000 items which is about 250,000 individual leaves (pages). Steps have been taken by the Acting Librarian Mr. R. Maheswaran to preserve and maintain this cultural heritage in a proper condition through establishing the “palm-leaf manuscript preservation and conservation unit” in the library.