Victim of an Uncivilized Act - Jaffna Public Library

My Childhood Memory

Jaffna Public Library is situated in the town of Jaffna the Capital of Nothern Province of Sri Lanka. This was the place which introduced to me non-textbook knowledge from variety of fields. In late 70s it was one of my favourite place. One early morning in 1980 this building was burnt down with its very valuable books and manuscripts. After more than two decades, this building had been rebuilt based on the same design as the previous building. The original building was designed by an Indian Architect from Chennai (then Madras). After long time I visited this place in 2004. The building had been rebuilt, but we cannot get all those valuable books (about 100,000) back.

1. Front view of the rebuilt library building.
1. Front view of the rebuilt library building.
2. Another View of the Building at an Angle.
2. Another View of the Building at an Angle.
3. Main Entrance to the Library. Note the statue of the Hindu Godesses of Learning, Saraswathy, at the centre of the landscaped area.
3. Main Entrance to the Library. Note the statue of the Hindu Godesses of Learning, Saraswathy, at the centre of the landscaped area.

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SunSeven 9 years ago from Singapore / India

How did it burn down. Was that an accident or dod someone set fire to it? Anyway its sad to note that so many valuble books are lost forever.


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Rmnathan 9 years ago from Sharjah Author

Anti-Tamil elements set fire to it.


Tamil 8 years ago

On May 31, night according to many eye witnesses saw policeman and government sponsored thugs or gangsters set fire to the Jaffna public library thus destroying it completely.Over 97,000 volumes of books along with numerous culturally important and irreplaceable manuscriptswere destroyed.Among the destroyed were scrolls of historical value and the works and manuscripts of philosopher, artist and author Ananda Coomaraswamy and prominent intellectual Prof. Dr. Isaac Thambiah. The destroyed articles included memoirs and works of writers and dramatists who made a significant contribution toward the sustenance of the Tamil culture and those of locallyreputed medical physicians and politicians.

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Burningmemories 8 years ago

On May 31, night according to many eye witnesses saw policeman and government sponsored thugs or gangsters set fire to the Jaffna public library thus destroying it completely.Over 97,000 volumes of books along with numerous culturally important and irreplaceable manuscriptswere destroyed.Among the destroyed were scrolls of historical value and the works and manuscripts of philosopher, artist and author Ananda Coomaraswamy and prominent intellectual Prof. Dr. Isaac Thambiah. The destroyed articles included memoirs and works of writers and dramatists who made a significant contribution toward the sustenance of the Tamil culture and those of locallyreputed medical physicians and politicians

History of Jaffna library Sri Lanka

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