The Library of University of Ruhuna being a central research library in the southern region of Sri Lanka caters for vast variety of communities in the country. The Ruhuna University Library has four branch libraries in addition to the Main Library viz: Agricultural Library at Mapalana, Allied Health Sciences Library at Mahamodara, Engineering library at Hapugala and Medical Library at Karapitiya.
The resource collection consists of more than two hundrad thousand books and 200 titles of periodicals related to courses and staff requirements of the university.
Main Library located in the Wallamadama university premises (very close to the Matara town) serves the comunities of five faculties viz: Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine science, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Management and Finance, and Faculty of Graduate Studies based on the objectives and requirements of respective faculties. In addition to that services are provided for outside communities too.
Branch libraries: Agricultural Library, Engineering Library, Medical library and Allied Health Sciences Library are located in respective faculties and fulfil the information needs focusing on the faculty objectives and requirments.
The library system has been automated with ISURU- an adoption of KOHA open source library management software. The OPAC provides a global access to the holdings of the library. Prior registration is required to obtain the borrowing facilities.
· Some services provided by the library are:
· Study space and reference services
· Online access to periodicals and e-resources
· Multy media lab facilities
· User awareness andtraining workshops
· Information Literacy Course modules for students