The British Council Library recently opened its doors once again for the public. If the new tagline, it all happens here is any indication, the library will no doubt continue its popularity among the folk as one of Colombo’s favorite hive for the arts.
“When we were revamping the library we gave serious consideration to this question – what does a library look like in today’s world? It’s certainly evolved beyond the brick and mortar of a traditional library”, notes British Council Country Director Gill Caldicott, at the re-opening. She further stated how the British Council is a popular venue for events that cater to a more intimate crowd. These events draw an interesting and diverse group of people in. The crowds gather to both enjoy a performance and to meet other like-minded people.
British Council Library: A fresh, new vibe
The library gave the public a taste of its fresh, new vibe with an Open Day, for enthusiasts of all ages. The culture buffs were greeted with open-mic sessions and theatre workshops. Meanwhile, the younger audience were treated to movie screenings and storytelling sessions.
The addition of an instrumental area and the Library Coffee Corner offers a glimpse of the sense of direction the British Council is heading towards. In other words, it’s essentially the perfect combination between a study center and a cultural hub.
There are currently three British Council libraries in the country, each in Colombo, Kandy, and Jaffna. The community in Sri Lanka alone exceeds 25,000. This is actually the largest library membership in the British Council global network.
The British Council Library essentially provides easy access to over 500,000 books, magazines, DVDs, and other resources. A membership card grants entry to special events and activities at the library. A member is also entitled to discounts at bookshops like Sarasavi, Vitjia Yapa, and Chapters bookshops.
For those of you curious, the library has also expanded its digital shelves. It now hosts over 14,000 e-journals and119,000 ebooks. These range from Business and Economics to Anthropology.