• Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)

  • " Established under the S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation "


    About Us

BCIS Library and Information Centre support the students who follow courses and any other programs at the institute. Furthermore it offers its support to academics and others who seek the services of the library. It is regularly updated with new arrivals on a wide range of subjects related to International Relations


Reference Section

The Reference collection is comprised of academic journals, comprehensive publications on International Relations, Diplomacy, other specialized areas, dictionaries, encyclopedias, reports, etc. The collection of the library is facilitated with seven special collections:

● S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Collection
● Digital Article Collection
● H.L. De Silva Collection
● Vernon Mendis Collection
● Lalith Athulathmudali Collection
● Sri Lanka Collection

Lending Section

The lending collection has specialized materials in disciplines related to International Relations. The collection comprises of works on Global Issues, Diplomacy, International Law, South Asian Studies, Economics and BCIS publications on international relations with special reference to South Asian, Asian and European regions. In addition to the above, there is a notable collection of books on foreign and local languages.

Reader Services  Get direct links:

  • Latest Additions
  • Library policy
  • Opening Hours

E-resources Get direct links:

  • Find a book (e-library Catalogue)
  • Online Database – JSTOR

    Library Services

Inter Library Loan Facility (IIL)

The Inter Library Loan facility allows one library to lend books to another library on mutual co-operation. Academics and researchers who are members of other specialized and academic libraries are provided with this facility on request.

Selective Dissemination of Information Service – (SDI)

Through the SDI Service, researchers involved in various fields are identified as they are looking for specific information. User profiles with their subject interests as well as the contact details are compiled. Current information will be disseminated to individuals/ small groups that enable to receive relevant information on a regular basis, through profiles that reflect their information needs. Relevant information will be provided through compilation of abstract, indices, content pages, quick references, literature searches etc. immediately to the users.

Current Awareness Service – (CAS)

This is a service that keeps the members of the BCIS Library informed about the availability of new materials. This service offers an acquisition list and list of new arrivals. The frequency of the publication of this list varies from one library to another. The acquisition list of the BCIS Library is a monthly publication. Other important materials acquired by the Library will be sent to the libraries as and when acquired, by way of lists of new arrivals. Apart from these services, current information will be disseminated to users by newsletters, news bulletins and brochures.

Reprographic Service

The BCIS Library has made arrangements to provide photocopies, computer printouts at a concession rate to all users of the Library. Providing copies is subject to the conditions of the copyright regulations.

The rates are as follows:

Photo copies:

Single Side Rs. 5.00
Double Side Rs. 7.00

Rs. 10.00 per paper Computer Printouts:

Information Literacy

Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a particular, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information.

● Free Internet Facility    ● Newspaper Clipping Service

ISINET Library Network

The Intended network is to be designated as the International Studies Information Network in Sri Lanka (ISINET) has been establish with the prime objective of promoting resource sharing among the libraries through the development of a network. It aims to collect and disseminate information besides offering computerized services to users to coordinate efforts for suitable collection development and also the reduce unnecessary duplication wherever possible. The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies has taken the initial step and it is expected to include the whole of South Asia in due course.