The libraries in Colombo and Kandy will remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Our library in Jaffna is now open for our members.
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, films, magazines and get free internet access from any of the library computers. You will also be able to access more than 50,000 resources and be able to join events, talks, activities and workshops in person.
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 01/ Head Office|
|Narration/Description: Name with initials and membership number (given in the confirmation e-mail) (e.g. A. A. Perera - ACBXXXXXX)|
|Account name: British Council|
|Account number (select according to the library branch where you have requested for membership):|
|Library branch||HSBC Virtual account number (applicable only for online transfers)|
Online bank transfer is our preferred option however if you are unable to do so and plan to complete the payment by visiting a bank branch of your choice, please pay into the following account instead of the accounts mentioned above:
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.