Special Notice

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 reopening of our libraries. 

We have taken the following measures to allow more flexibility during this time; 

  • While our libraries in Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna remain closed until further notice, you can now order and borrow books from our Colombo and Jaffna libraries by placing an online order. Here are the steps to make your first order
  • The British Council Kandy Library will resume its online book ordering and pick-up facility from Tuesday 19 January 2021.
  • Please note the following:
  1. We encourage our customers to borrow books from our libraries using the Online Book Ordering facility during the periods of library closure.
  2. Our book drop facility is available for any book returns, at all of our libraries.
  3. Please note that no fines will be incurred for late returns whilst the libraries remain closed.
  4. If you wish to use the online book ordering procedure to borrow a fresh set of books from the Colombo and Jaffna libraries, please ensure that you bring and return the books already borrowed at the time of collecting the books ordered and borrowed via the online ordering procedure.
  5. We regret that we will be unable to issue the subsequent online book order until books previously borrowed have been returned.
  6. If you are holding any British Council Library books that have been borrowed prior to the closure of the libraries, please ensure that those books are duly returned to the libraries within 3 days of the libraries reopening, to avoid incurring a fine.
  • Upon the expiry of the existing membership, an automatic one-time bonus extension will be granted for a period of six weeks. Thereafter, please ensure that your library membership is duly renewed. You can now renew your membership online here.
  • General, Family, Gold Adult and Platinum memberships have been provided with complimentary access to our digital library until we reopen. Please click on this link to access our digital library
  • You can also access our Digital Library using the mobile app – MyLOFT – via your Apple and Android devices. Click here for the instruction video.  
  • Our free online resource ‘Learn English’ is available for children under parents’ supervision.

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)11 7521 521 

+94 (0)11 4521 521

(Active from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Monday to Saturday) 

You can also reach us on email at info.lk@britishcouncil.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, films, magazines and get free internet access from any of the library computers. 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.

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)
Colombo 0004200001
Kandy 0004200002
Jaffna 0004200003

Alternative Option

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 info.lk@britishcouncil.org.

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.

Click on the drop-down menu below, to learn more about our membership categories 

Online membership (to access the Digital Library)

You can access our Digital Library from anywhere in the world. Here's our digital membership offer:

  • Access to the entire digital collection of thousands of movies, ebooks, concerts, audio-books, magazines, theatre productions, comic books and many more.
  • Price per year: Rs. 4,000
  • Age group: 18 years and above
  • The online membership does not include the 'Road to IELTS' platform offered for IELTS candidates
Register now!

Colombo membership

Click here to check out our library!

IELTS library membership

  • 02 IELTS packs
  • Access to online resource: Road to IELTS
  • Price for 3 months: Rs. 3,000
  • Age group: 15 years and above
Register now!

Teens membership

  • 05 kids and teens books
  • 01 teens DVD
  • 01 Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) / School examination material
  • Price per year: Rs. 4,000
  • Age group: 13 - 17 years 
Register now!

Kids membership

  • 05 kids books
  • 01 kids DVD
  • 01 Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) material
  • Price per year: Rs. 4,500 
  • Age group: 5 - 12 years
Register now!

General membership

  • 04 general books
  • 01 English language pack
  • 01 work card
  • 01 magazine
  • 01 DVD
  • Access to Press reader online resource
  • Price per year: Rs 4,000
  • Age group: 18 years and above
Register now!

Family membership

  • 04 general/young adult books
  • 04 kids books
  • 01 English Language pack
  • 01 work card
  • 02 DVD's (any collection)
  • 01 magazine
  • Access to Press reader online resource
  • Price per year: Rs 8,000
  • Age group: 18 years and above
Register now!

Organisational library membership

Entitlement per card for a total of 10 cards (Please refer terms for organisational memberships for further details)

  • 02 books from any collection
  • 01 magazine
  • 01 IELTS pack
  • 01 English Language pack
  • 01 work card
  • 01 DVD (any collection)
  • Price per year: Rs 20,000
  • Age group:  18 years and above (Organisations only)
Download the application form at the bottom of this page and visit customer services with the duly filled application to obtain the membership.

Kandy membership

 Click here to check out our library!

IELTS library membership

  • 02 IELTS packs
  • Access to online resource: Road to IELTS
  • Price for 3 months: Rs. 3,000
  • Age group: 15 years and above
Register now!

Teens membership

  • 05 kids and teens books
  • 01 DVD
  • 01 Cambridge Assessment English (CAE)
  • Price per year: Rs. 4,000
  • Age group: 13 - 17 years 
Register now!

Kids membership

  • 05 kids books
  • 01 DVD
  • 01 Cambridge Assessment English (CAE)
  • Price per year: Rs. 4,000 
  • Age group: 5 - 12 years
Register now!

General membership

  • 04 general books
  • 01 magazine
  • 01 DVD
  • Access to Press reader online resource
  • Price per year: Rs 4,000
  • Age group: 18 years and above
Register now!

Family membership

  • 04 general/teen books
  • 04 kids books
  • 02 DVD's 
  • 01 magazine
  • 01 Cambridge Assessment English (CAE)
  • Access to Press reader online resource
  • Price per year: Rs 7,000
  • Age group: 18 years and above
Register now!

Organisational library membership

Entitlement per card for a total of 10 cards (Please refer terms for organisational memberships for further details)

  • 02 books from any collection
  • 01 magazine
  • 01 DVD 
  • Price per year: Rs 15,000
  • Age group:  18 years and above (Organisations only)
Download the application form at the bottom of this page and visit customer services with the duly filled application to obtain the membership.

Jaffna membership

Click here to check out our library!

IELTS library membership

  • 02 IELTS packs
  • Access to online resource: Road to IELTS
  • Price for 3 months: Rs. 2,000
  • Age group: 15 years and above
Register now!

Teens membership

  • 05 kids and teens books
  • 01 teens DVD
  • Price per year: Rs. 2,000
  • Age group: 13 - 17 years 
Register now!

Kids membership

  • 05 kids books
  • 01 kids DVD
  • Price per year: Rs. 2,000 
  • Age group: 5 - 12 years
Register now!

General membership

  • 04 general books
  • 01 DVD
  • Access to Press reader online resource
  • Price per year: Rs 1,500
  • Age group: 18 years and above
Register now!

Family membership

  • 04 general/young adult books
  • 04 kids books
  • 02 DVD's (any collection)
  • Access to Press reader online resource
  • Price per year: Rs 3,000
  • Age group: 18 years and above (of the parent)
Register now!

Organisational library membership

Entitlement per card for a total of 10 cards (Please refer terms for organisational memberships for further details)

  • 02 books from any collection
  • 01 IELTS pack
  • 01 DVD (any collection)
  • Price per year: Rs 6,000
  • Age group:  18 years and above (Organisations only)
Download the application form at the bottom of this page and visit customer services with the duly filled application to obtain the membership.

Gift a library membership

We are delighted to introduce library membership gift vouchers at the Colombo 03 library

Given below are the prices of the membership gift vouchers which can be purchased from customer services.

  • Kids membership gift voucher - Rs. 4,000
  • Teens membership gift voucher - Rs. 4,000
  • General membership gift voucher - Rs. 4,000
  • Family membership gift voucher - Rs. 8,000
  • Online membership gift voucher - Rs. 4,000
  • IELTS membership gift voucher - Rs. 2,500

 
Terms and conditions on membership gift vouchers given below:

  • This voucher is valid until three months from the date of issuance and can be redeemed only at the Colombo 03 library for the membership type purchased.
  • This voucher is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for cash in part or full and is valid for a single transaction only
  • This voucher is not valid during a sale or in conjunction with any special promotion
  • Strictly no extension of the expiry date from the date of issue will be allowed
  • The management retains the right to reject any voucher that has been tampered with or found in any way unacceptable
  • We are not responsible if a Gift Voucher is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed and no replacement will be provided in these circumstances
  • Vouchers cannot be clubbed and used for a single transaction
  • This voucher can be redeemed only for the purchase of new/renewal of memberships stated on the voucher.

Are you a registered IELTS candidate?

We offer a discount of Rs.1000 on our IELTS library membership to all registered IELTS candidates of the British Council. You could now sign-up for this membership for a cost of Rs. 2,000 only.

The IELTS library membership allows you to borrow up to two IELTS packs and also use our IELTS online resources. Please enter your IELTS reference number when you fill in the form from the link below. 

Click here to claim this offer 

Are you currently following an English class at the British Council?

You are entitled to a 10% discount on any membership except IELTS and Organisational memberships.

Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by their parents/guardians at all times.
*if you are a non-resident, you must hold a valid visa (student, work or residence) to obtain a membership.

You can contact our customer service team to learn more.