The history of the library could be dated back to 1929 with the establishment of the Ayurveda College. The absorption of the Ayurveda College to the University of Colombo, the Institute of Indigenous Medicine offered BAMS and BUMS degrees to the students. With this development, the library was expanded to meet the requirements of the undergraduates. In the recent past postgraduate studies were introduced and the library had to extend its services to these postgraduate students too. Today the library caters to the requirement of about 700 undergraduates and 50 postgraduate students, academic and non academic staff.
The library is located in the last block of the old building of the Institute. The access to the library is through the main entrance of the building which is next to the Division of Moulika Siddhantha.
Hours of Opening
Term & Short Vacation Weekdays 8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Saturdays 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Long Vacation Weekdays 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Saturdays – Closed
Sundays & Public Holidays Closed
Mrs. C.K.Gamage – Senior Assistant Librarian
B.A.(Hons.)(Uni. of Sri Jayawardhanepura)
Higher Dip. (LIS) (Kelaniya)
Member of SLLA
Official E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Contact no. : 0094 772 726 071
Mrs. P.M.Ayomi - Assistant Librarian
B.A. (Hons.) (Kelaniya)
MASSc. (LIS) (Kelaniya)
Official E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal E-mail : email@example.com
Mrs. S. Wijesooriya – Senior Staff Assistant ( Library Services)
Mrs. Indrani Dharmarathne – Library Assistant ( Grade I)
Mrs. W.A.S. Jayanthi – Library Assistant ( Grade II)
Mr. K.A.M.D. Samantha – – Library Assistant ( Grade II)
Mr. I.S.P.Jayathilaka – Library Assistant ( Grade III)
Mrs. P.N.R. Pathirana – Library Assistant ( Grade III)
Mr. L.H.N. Kingsley – Book Binder ( Special Grade)
Mr. R.A.N.S. Perera – Library Attendants ( Grade I)
Mr. M.D. Ranaweera - Library Attendant ( Grade III)
Mr. H.C.M. Fernandu – Laborer ( Grade III)
The collection of library comprises of,
The library has a good collection of books on Ayurveda, Unani and Western medicine, approximately 28,000 in number in various languages. As a medical library, greater portion of the library collection consists of books and monographs. In addition to that periodicals, bound periodicals, reports, acts are also in the collection. There is a growing volume of information in electronic format. The collection covers a wide range of medical books relating to clinical medicine, Pharmacology, Dentistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Toxicology, Surgery, Psychiatry and allied subjects.
The books are bought especially on recommendations of the academic staff. The library also receives very valuable donations from intellectuals and scholars of local repute.
IIM library has there special collections namely,
Ola leaf manuscripts
Hand written manuscripts
Services of the library
IIM Library is gradually converting to a modern working University library, providing a full range of quality services based on both print and electronic media to its readers.
Related to the Reader Service
01 Library member must produce his/her library tickets when borrowing books.
02 Borrowers are held responsible for all books taken to their tickets.
03 Borrowers may not use the other member’s tickets and borrowers must not lend books to others.
04 Borrowers must not remove books other than they have been duly issued to them. They must check to see that all library books have been properly issued to them before leaving the lending section.
05 Loss of books should be brought to the notice of the librarian immediately. After informing there will not be calculated fines from the date of when the book is reported lost. For lost books should be hand over the same book or new edition to the library. If it is not possible the students should pay twice the price of the relevant book. Further He/She should hand over three books (photocopied and bound) which he/she has lost.
06 Lending books are issued for two weeks
07 Reference books are issued only after 3.00 p.m. daily, for overnight and weekend use. Borrowed materials should be returned back to the library by 10.00 a. m. on the following working day.
08 Permanent reference books are not lent under any circumstances
09 Taking photocopies from books, hand over the student’s identity card at the reference counter.
10 Readers should not replace books on the shelves and should handover them to a member of the library staff or leave them on tables provided.
Theses are issued only for academic staff members and P G students who have to handover the identity cards an offer filling the form (not allow to photocopy)
01 For over due books fines will be calculated till the date the book.
02 Loss of a ticket/ tickets should be reported immediately to the librarian in writing. A duplicate/ duplicates will be issued after one month and a sum of Rs.100/- should the paid for per ticket.
03 All the students should return library tickets at the end of each academic year.
04 Postgraduate students have to return their library tickets before they face the final examination
01 Readers are not allowed to do joint works in the library.
02 Readers should not remove any books to the periodical section.
03 Members are responsible for all library materials on loan to them.
04 The borrower should produce the book borrowed from the library at the security desk and hand over the gate pass and the number given from the issuing counter to the security.
05 Any member of the staff of the library empowers to examine any book that a student carries out of the library. The rules of the library make obligatory that the student complies promptly.
06 Valuable articles or cash should not be kept in bags at the entrance of the library. The library staff will not hold themselves responsible for any losses.
All issues relevant to the registration of students, staff members issuing and cancellation library tickets, issuing clams citification and requirements of readers are handled by the reader services section.
An “ inquiry services” which is attached to the reference section entertain readers for their subject and academic information requirements. This service provides directional and referral information and guilds the readers to the correct materials.
Readers who are attached to the academic staff are provided an opportunity to request materials from outside source on interlibrary loan scheme as reference services.
The Photocopying Services operated in the library is located at the right side of the entrance of the library concessionary for the academic staff and students.
Although there is no separate cloakroom, these facilities are provided at the entrance to the library. Before you enter the library shelfs have been provided at the entrance to deposit all books, files, umbrellas, bags and other personal belongings. However, the library will not hold it self-responsible for any articles loss.
Sections of the library
The library comprises of various sections lending, reference, Periodicals, Research, Ola leaf and Bindery.
Lending section is located on the left side after the library office. The lending books are issued for two weeks from 8.30 am daily at the main counter. Reference books are issued only after 3.00pm daily. On Fridays reference books are issued from 2.30 noon.
The reference section, which covers a large floor area, has a seating capacity for 100 students.
The books storie in this section are only for reference and permanent reference. Among them, there are quick reference books as well. These include dictionaries, glossaries, bibliographies and encyclopedias, which are very valuable. Permanent reference books are not lent to any one under any circumstances.
This section is on the right side of the library facing the lending section.
Periodicals and magazines containing current information on medicine are found this section. Back issues of periodicals are housed in the store room. Photocopies of important articles can be obtained on payment.
This section is adjacent to the periodical section and is set apart only for academic staff and postgraduate students. All the publications available here are permanent reference only.
This section is housed adjacent to the library office. All users of the library are entitled for this service, on request. It contains 472 ola leaf manuscripts and are arranged in glass fronted cupboards and has closed access.
In addition to the books, a separate glass fronted cupboard contains post graduate dissertations under the closed access system. Theses and given only to academic staff members and postgraduate students who have to handover the identity cards after filling the form. This can be used only in the research section.
Permanent academic and non academic staff
Temporary academic staff
Research workers with permission obtained from the director reference facilities only
All registered internal undergraduates of the institute
Registered full time postgraduate students of the institute
All categories of members below are required to register with the library and obtain their library tickets. They must present their university identification card with a duly filled application form.
Tickets for borrowing books are issued to students and the date for registration of students at the library will be notified. Students should produce their record books and the identification card. Books will be issued as follows.
Academic staff members are eligible to borrow 5 books and are expected to return them at the end of the term. Recalls and reminders will be sent to these borrowers requesting to return those books, which are over due. With the exception of permanent reference books ( indicated in the spine of the book by PR) other books may be borrowed. A borrower is responsible as long as his borrowers tickets remain in the circulation counter. Each lending ticket enables a student to borrow a book for a period of 2 weeks. Reference ticket will be issued to borrow a reference book for over night reading. Duplicate ticket will be issued only after verification of lost. A payment of Rs 25.00 (after a month’s verification) is charged.
Issue of books
Books given on loan for a period of two weeks may be borrowed from Monday to Saturday. Reference books are loaned over night and week end use and issued from Monday to Friday 3.00 p.m. onwards. These books should be returned on the following day before 10.00 a.m.