Can't get out to grab a book, a magazine, or a movie? We have all this and more in our Digital Library. Our online membership is just LKR 4000 for a whole year.
Join up and join us. Call Nishika on 0773 770 788 or Anuri on 0770 718 765 for more information.
The libraries in Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna will remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice. We will keep you updated on the dates of the reopening of our libraries – and regret that at this time, we have temporarily suspended our Online Book Ordering facility until further notice. We hope that you and your families remain safe and well during these times.
Please note the following:
We are working hard to respond to the increased number of calls about our services. We are sorry if you have been unable to contact us.
You can reach us on:
+94 (0) 70 7521 521
(Active from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Monday to Saturday)
You can also reach us on email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer different types of membership to suit your learning and information needs. We also have exciting discounts and offers for British Council students and IELTS candidates.
Become a member and get access to top quality online resources including journals, books, magazines. You will also be able to access more than 65,000 resources from our libraries, and be able to join events, talks, activities and workshops online.
It's easy to become a member...
- Choose the library convenient to you. Colombo, Kandy or Jaffna.
- Choose a membership that is right for you, available at that centre.
- Have your proof of identification ready. (National Identity Card or a valid Passport*)
- Complete a membership application form online, and make your payment using the online bank transfer payment facility. Look out for the automated email that you will receive with full instructions.
Register for a library membership from the comfort of your home
Lots of free time and nothing at home to read? Our wonderful collection of digital resources – and our books in the library – are only a click away.
You can now sign-up for a library membership by simply completing the form and making an online bank transfer payment.
You're three steps away from being able to access our collection.
Step 1: Register
Register for a library membership of your choice by clicking on the 'register now' button on any of the membership categories from the drop-down below. You will enter your details and create an account in this step.
Step 2: Making the online bank transfer
Once you receive an e-mail confirming the completion of step 1, you could proceed to make the payment. Here are the account details:
Bank Name: HSBC
Bank Branch: Colombo 1
Account Name: British Council
Account Number: 001-002377-002
Narration: Name with initials and membership number. (e.g. A. A. Perera - ACBXXXXXX)
Please avoid paying through the cash deposit machines as the narration doesn’t appear on our statement and we will not be able to identify your payment easily and process your membership application in a timely manner.
Step 3: Account activation
E-mail a screenshot of the bank confirmation to our Customer Services team on email@example.com.
Please use 'Library Membership Payment' along with your membership number as the subject line of your email (e.g. Library Membership Payment – ACBXXXXXX).
Your account will be activated within two working days upon completing this step.
If you want to renew your membership and want to know the renewal fee, please click here to log in and follow the process.