The Library of the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology (PGIAR) of the University of
Kelaniya, located at 407, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, is a
national-center-of-excellence library with facilities for specialist researchers. It
is one of the country's major specialized libraries in archaeology and the related fields
of art history, conservation and cultural heritage management ,epigraphy and paleography,
numismatics, environmental studies, garden history, ethno archaeology and anthropology.
The library has a fully computerized catalogue of more than 20,000 items, including
books, documents, maps and photographs. While the collection focuses on the
archaeology and art history of Sri Lanka, it also has substantial material on general
archaeological method and theory and on the archaeology of other regions, including South
and Southeast Asia and historic cultures such as those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus
Valley, China, Korea and Japan, classical Greek, Hellenistic and Roman civilization, the
Mayans, the Incas, the Aztecs, the Vikings and the cultures of Oceania.
The collection has over 10,000 books which include the Deraniyagala, Bandaranayake,
Anjalendran and Mohan Daniel loan
collections, rare book collection, over 83 periodical titles, more than 4000 pamphlets,
stumpages from inscriptions, seminar papers from Sri Lankan and foreign institutes, ola
leaf manuscripts, maps, clippings from journals, foreign newspapers and other documents,
and a local newspaper clippings file.
Special collections have been built in areas which relate to ongoing research interest
within the institute. These include, ancient urbanism in Asia and Europe, the
archaeology of pre-modern settlement, Palaeobotany and the history of climate change,
early iron and bronze metallurgy, new documentation and interpretations in epigraphy and
numismatics, and new approaches in art history.
Closely linked with the PGIAR library are databases being developed by the institute
and the Central Cultural Fund. These include the 'ABIA' index for the Archaeology of
South and Southeast Asia, carried out in collaboration with the Kern Institute of the
Leiden University and SPAFA (SEAMEO Regional Center for Archaeology & the Fine Arts)
Bangkok; and the Sri Lanka Temple Mural Database launched jointly by the Central Cultural
Fund and PGIAR in association with UNESCO in New Delhi.
The PGIAR researchers also have their own databases and the institute is developing a
GIS System covering archaeological sites connected with the PGIAR's areas of research
activity and interest.
The library is open all seven days of the week to researchers from university and
research institutions and to other interested readers.