The registered User can borrow the Books from the Library. The books are classified into different types Stacks (Lending), Reference. Permanent Reference, Government documents, Periodicals, Archives books and Quick reference books etc.. Two types of books, Stacks (Lending) and reference, are loaned as detailed below:

Under graduate Students

Year of study
First Year
02 weeks
Second Year
02 weeks
Third Year
02 weeks
Final Year
02 weeks

Post graduate Students
Post graduate diploma020002 weeks
Masters & Doctoral020002 weeks
Other diplomas020002 weeks

Staffs-No. Of books entitled to borrow
Academic (Permanent) – 08 books either category at a time (one month)
Academic (contract) – 04 books either category at a time (one month)
Administrative (Permanent) – 08 books either category at a time (one month)
Non academic (Permanent) – 02 books either category at a time (one month)

One extension of 14 days may be asked for before the expiration of the original loan period of stacks books. Such extensions are normally granted if another Reader has not reserved the book.

  • Reservation and booking: Readers can reserve books for their needs according to the reservation procedure of the library.
  • Notification Service: Reminders are sent to the readers to inform the long dues.
  • Inter-Library Loan Services:Facilities are provided for the permanent members of the academic staff to obtain library materials available in other major university libraries in the country on inter-library loan basis.
  • Registration: Readers’ service section is responsible for the registration of members and supervision of all service points.

Readers’ service section

Member’s requirements are met by this section. The membership of the library is open to all registered students of the University of Jaffna and all members of the University Staff, irrespective of their grades Reader services section is responsible for the circulation of books.  They impose fine on students who fail to return the books on or before the due dates.  The Section will check whether the books are returned in good condition. If the books are damaged or lost the cost of this is recovered from the reader. The Section will recall for books if the books are not returned before or on the due dates.

This section maintains the circulation statistics quantitatively as well as qualitatively through opinion box. These facts help us to find the current need of the readers and identify the drawbacks in the services which could be improved.