The Department was established in the year 1973 and is considered the oldest, as well as the one and only of its kind in the entire university system of the country.


The mission of the Department of Library and Information Sciences is to develop studies and research in the fields of Library and Information Sciences and to produce well trained, skilled human resources at all levels needed by this sector in SriLanka. Being the only Department in the university system in SriLanka offering Library and Information Sciences as a subject.

The Department

At present, it conducts the following courses of study.

  1. Diploma in LIS (Pt. 1)
  2. Diploma in LIS (Pt. 2)
  3. Diploma in Information Literacy and Information & Communication Technology
  4. Higher Diploma in LIS
  5. General Degree course in LIS ( 3 years)
  6. Special Degree course in LIS ( 4 years)
  7. MA in LIS  ( 1 years)
  8. MSSc in LIS( 2 years)
  9. Mphil
  10. PhD in LIS

Human Resources of the Department

The Department consists of following professionally qualified personnel as resource persons.

  • Senior Professors - 01
  • Professors - 02
  • Senior Lecturers - 03
  • Lecturers - 02
  • Temporary Lecturers - 03
  • Visiting Lecturers - 15