Special Notice

Our libraries remain closed to the public until further notice. We will keep you updated on the date of reopening. 

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

  • You may hold on to the items you have already borrowed as there will be no fines for late returns for this period and up to three days after we reopen.
  • Automatic extension of library membership for six weeks upon expiry. 
  • General, Family, Gold Adult and Platinum memberships have been offered a free online library membership to enable access to online resources until we reopen. Please click on this link to access our digital library.
  • We’re working on offering options to provide you with the facility to order online and borrow books without accessing our premises. Stay tuned for further updates on this. 
  • Our free online resource ‘Learn English’ is available for kids under parent’s 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 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. | Monday to Saturday) 

You can also reach us on email at info.lk@britishcouncil.org

We offer lots of different membership types to suit your learning and information needs.

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 books 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, Orion City (Colombo 09), 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.
  • Visit your library and make the payment in person by producing your proof of identification.

Register for an online library membership from the comfort of your home

Do you have lots of free time and nothing much to do? Here's a great way to enjoy your time and nourish your creativity and imagination.

You can now sign-up for an online membership by simply completing the form and making an online bank transfer payment.

Click on the drop-down menu below, to learn more.

Digital membership (online)

 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!

You're three-steps away from welcoming our digital collection into your home.

Step 1: Register

Register for our online library membership by clicking on the 'register now' button above. 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 specifics:

Bank name: HSBC
Bank branch: Colombo 01
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 (pick the branch closest to you):
Branch Account number
Colombo 0004200001
Kandy 0004200002
Jaffna 0004200003
Orion City 0004200004

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 on time to complete your booking. 

Step 3: Account activation

E-mail a screenshot of the bank confirmation to our Customer Services team on info.lk@britishcouncil.org.

Please use 'Online Membership Payment' along with your membership number as the subject line of your email (e.g. Online Membership Payment – ACBXXXXXX).

Voila! Your account will be activated within 2 working days upon completing this step.

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!

Teen membership

  • 05 young adults books
  • 01 young adults 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 from 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!

Gold Adult (15 years and above)

Price per year: Rs. 3,000

Benefits:

  • 04 books from the Adults collection
  • 01 DVD
  • Access to online resource: Press Reader
Register now!

Gold Young Learner (Below 15 years)

Price per year: Rs. 3,000

Benefits:

  • 04 books from the children's collection
  • 01 DVD
  • access to Cambridge English Young Learner exams material.
Register now!

Platinum (18 years and above)

Price per year: Rs. 6,000 

 Benefits: 

  • 04 books from the adult's collection
  • 04 books from the children's collection
  • 02 IELTS study packs,
  • 02 DVDs
  • 01 magazine
  • Access to online resource: Press Reader
Register now!

Organisational membership

Price per year: Rs. 15,000

Benefits: 

  • 20 books from the adult's collection, and the children's collection
  • 02 magazines,
  • 04 DVDs
Download the application form at the bottom of this page and visit customer services with the duly filled application to obtain the membership

IELTS membership

Price: Rs. 2,500
*Please note that this membership is only valid for three months

Entitlement:

  • Two IELTS packs
  • Access to online resource: Road to IELTS
Register now!

Jaffna membership

Click here to check out our library!

Gold Adult (15 years and above)

Price per year: Rs. 950

Benefits:

  • 04 books from the Adults collection
  • 01 ELT (English Language Teaching) pack
  • 01 work card
  • 01 magazine
  • 01 DVD
  • Access to online resource: Press Reader
Register now!

Gold Young Learner (Below 15 years)

Price per year: Rs. 950

Benefits:

  • 04 books from the children's collection
  • 01 DVD
  • access to Cambridge English Young Learner exams material
Register now!

Platinum (18 years and above)

Price per year: Rs. 2,500 

 Benefits: 

  • 04 books from the adult's collection
  • 04 books from the children's collection
  • 02 IELTS study packs
  • 01 ELT (English Language Teaching) pack
  • 01 work card
  • 02 DVD's
  • 01 magazine
  • Access to online resource: Press Reader
Register now!

Organisational membership

Price per year: Rs. 6,000

Benefits: 

  • 20 books from the adult's collection and the children's collection
  • 02 magazines
  • 02 IELTS study packs
  • 01 ELT (English Language Teaching) pack
  • 02 work cards
  • 04 DVD's
Download the application form at the bottom of this page and visit customer services with the duly filled application to obtain the membership

Orion City membership

Click here to check out our library!

Gold Adult (15 years and above)

Price per year: Rs. 3,000

Benefits:

  • 04 books from the Adults collection
  • 01 DVD
  • Access to online resource: Press Reader
Register now!

Platinum (18 years and above)

Price per year: Rs. 6,000 

 Benefits: 

  • 04 books from the adult's collection
  • 04 books from the children's collection
  • 02 IELTS study packs
  • 02 DVD's
  • Access to online resource: Press Reader
Register now!

Organisational membership

Price per year: Rs. 15,000

Benefits: 

  • 20 books from the adult's collection, and the children's collection
  • 02 IELTS study packs
  • 04 DVD's
Download the application form at the bottom of this page and visit customer services with the duly filled application to obtain the membership

IELTS membership

Price: Rs. 2,500
*Please note that this membership is only valid for three months

Entitlement:

  • Two IELTS packs
  • Access to online resource: Road to IELTS
Register now!

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 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.