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The Sri Lanka Medical Library established in 1844  celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. It is one of the oldest medical institutions in Sri Lanka. Although housed at Wijerama House the library is independent of the Sri Lanka Medical Association and is managed by its own Committee of Management.

In celebration of the 175th Anniversary the Library is pleasure to offer Life Member ship at the concessionary rate of Rs. 3500/= from 15th to 22nd July. (Normal Life Membership fee is Rs. 7000/=)

The library has the best collection of past medical journals in the country including the first copies of the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. In addition to the historical collection, the library currently subscribes to 6 international medical journals and has a collection of medical books numbering over 4500.

The library receives a grant of Rs 500,000 annually from the Ministry of Health. Up to two years ago the library received a generous grant every year from Glaxo Smith Kline  for the purchase of journals, the day to day running of the library and the conservation of the historical collection of books and journals. However due to adverse trading conditions consequent to the price control of pharmaceuticals this grant has stopped.

The day to day running of the library costs around Rs 120,000 per month. The committee of Management is of the view that if we could raise a sum of Rs 10 million which can be placed as a fixed deposit, it can keep the library viable with the monthly interest on the deposit. To achieve this aim a savings account has been opened at the Head Office branch of the Hatton National Bank in the name of the ‘Sri Lanka Medical Library Development Fund’. We have so far raised Rs.1.5 million with donation from the College of Physicians, Sri Lanka Heart Association, College of Pediatricians, College of Dermatologists, College of General Practitioners and individual contributions.

This is the only medical library in Sri Lanka that caters to all groups of doctors in both the state and the private sector .The Committee of Management likes to make an earnest appeal to you  to contribute generously to the development fund to help keep the library running. Cash can be deposited directly to the Sri Lanka Medical Library Development Fund savings a/c no:003020808744 at the Hatton National Bank Head Office branch.  Cheques should be drawn in favour of the “Sri Lanka Medical Library” and sent to the library with a covering letter to indicate that the payment is for the Development Fund. All payment will be acknowledged.

               The Management Committee, Sri Lanka Medical Library




Sri Lanka Medical Library unveils portraits of distinguish members

Prof. Neville Perera, President of The Sri Lanka Medical Library unveiled the portraits of two distinguished members of the library, Prof. Wilfred S.E. Perera and Dr. Tistle Jayawardene at the 168th Annual General Meeting of the library held on 28th August 2014 at the library premises at Wijerama House, Colombo.

Prof. Wilfred S.E. Perera a pioneering Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist was the president of the SLML for 15 long years from 1996 to 2013. He got involved with the SLML as an administrator in 1984. He has served as a committee member and sub-committee member of Finance and Fund Raising Committee and as the vice president. His personal donations in cash and kind over the years to the library have ensured its survival at times of great financial crisis.

Dr. Tistle Jayawardene, a pioneering Consultant Anaesthesiologist has been involved with the library since 1987. He has rendered yeomen service to the library in various capacities as a member of the Management Committee, Member Book Committee, Member Sub Committee on Finance and Fund Raising Committee, Honourable Director Management Committee, Honourable assistant treasurer, Honourable Treasurer and Vice President. His tenure as Treasurer from 2004 to 2013 was at a critical junction in the history of the library. He extended his skills as an intensivist to nurse the library back to financial stability during his term as its treasurer.

The SLML is greatly honoured to have felicitated these medical greats for their selfless and exemplary service to the library which has ensured its services to the next generation of medical professionals by unveiling their portraits to be displayed in the SLML.

Dr.Ruvaiz Haniffa
Public Relations Officer

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