BCIS Library


Library Collection

Reference collection

The most unique aspect of the Knowledge Centre is our Reference Library, which holds not just rare and out-of-print editions and collections of academic journals, encyclopedias, reports, and dictionaries, but, the personal collections of some of Sri Lanka’s finest statesmen and thought leaders.

Special collections

Time-spanning and rare; nowhere else in Sri Lanka would you find a reference section of such magnitude and value.

Students enrolling with us, will have conditional yet unrestricted access to this wealth of knowledge, which considerably enriches their learning and research experiences; a fact that has been proven time and time again.

S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Collection
H.L. De Silva Collection

Lending collection:

The lending section of our library holds the most up-to-date selection of material relating to the study of IR; including works that have special relevance to Asia, South Asia, and Europe, where much of Sri Lanka’s international diplomacy is centered on. 

Electronic resources

The Library subscribes to several electronic databases for the use of staff and students of the University. Access is given either through IP address or username/ password. The databases accessed through IP address can be used only within the university network but others can be used outside university premises. The subscribed electronic resources are protected under copyright law and publisher’s license agreements.

  • Non-Subscribed 


    Cochrane Library 

    The Geological Society 

    Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematic Journal 

  • Open  Access databases 




    Thieme open 


    Wolters Kluwer 



    SAGE Open 

    Springer open 



    National Digital Library of India 

    ShodhGanga- Repository of Indian Thesis 

  • Open Access E-Books 

     Elgar online Open Access eBooks 

    The Crown Court Compendium Part I 

    The Crown Court Compendium Part II 

    International Trade Statistics 2021 Chapter I 

    International Trade Statistics 2021 Chapter II 

    Value stream mapping – D.M.C.P. Dissanayake 

Printed Periodicals

Printed Periodicals are located in the Lending Section of the Library. The periodical collection includes back issues of titles of printed journals related to International Relations and Social Sciences.

The following is the list of Periodical Holdings of the BCIS Library.

Periodical Holdings of the BCIS Library-2024

Foreign Affairs –  Back issues + current