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This page was last updated on 25.04.2019


Library of the   Medical Research Institute will be creating and delivering high-quality, user-focused information resources and services to support and facilitate all the researchers in the field of human and animal health and creating the most dynamic learning environment.


To deliver a high standard of library resources and information services to meet the academic and professional needs of the researchers to support the mission of the Medical Research Institute to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest level of excellence.


The purpose of the MRI Library is to support the mission of MRI by working in cooperation with the staff with the support of the relevant authorities to facilitate, nurture, develop and stimulate the researcher' enthusiasm for learning and research in a professional learning environment. The library strives to achieve this purpose through its collections, facilities, personnel and services, which collectively uphold the goals, standards and traditions of the Medical Research Institute. Through the acquisition and management of relevant collections, the library seeks to fulfil the instructional and research needs of users. A qualified staff committed to bibliographic instruction promotes the library mission to foster researcher’s maturation in knowledge, information literacy and lifelong learning.


The MRI Library, Sri Lanka is one of the very few libraries in the country which belongs to the Ministry of Health. The library is designated to collect, disseminate and preserve the printed material produced in the MRI/country/world to the Staff and Training students at MRI. The library is situated in the Main MRI Building Room No 120.

Working hours are Week days from 8.30am to 4.00pm


Librarian: Mrs. S.M.Menaka Mudithangani Subasinghe from Jan 2019


Former Acting Librarian: Mr Ranathunga ( BSc) 2016- JAN,2019


  Former Librarians

Name Period

Mrs. Chandra Gunathilake               Librarian Grade 1

(Chartered Librarian)

 upto 2016






Useful Links to Journals and other resources: 

    1. Pubmed Central 
    2. Biomed Central
    3.   Journals
    4. BMC Family Practice
    5. ELSEVIER Search
    6. WHO Hinari
    7. WHO Books repository
    8. Leidon University Repository
    9. Library of Open University of Sri Lanka
    10. Library of University of Colombo
    11. Library of Faculty of Medicine Colombo
    12. East-West University, Bangladesh 
    13. National Institute of Mental Health USA
    14. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning 
    15. International Journal of Educational Technology 
    16. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning 
    17. International Journal of Open Educational Resources  
    18. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research
    19. Free Journals US .com
    20. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications
    21. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: a step-by-step guide
    22. Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (PDF)
    23. Online site
    24. Gigital Health network -USAID (United States Aids for International Development)
    25. Statistics Howto/ Statistics Definitions in Alphabetical Order
    26. Journal of food quality

Go to BBC Learning English

  On automation of the Libraries

Digital Library systems

Check Postal codes :


Sri Lanka




Educational Resources :

Education North-West
National School Boards Association
 PhD Thesis  University of South Florida
 Mind relaxation programme  

Sati Pasala Foundation




















Ongoing Activities :Automation of the MRI Library Using KOHA Library Automation Sysytem with the help of the Open University of Sri Lanka . This fully automated computerized system was introduced by a WHO sponsored KOHA workshop conducted in 2013 which was conducted by HELLIS network.

 (through Internet)



Dr Anil Samaranayake- Acting Director-MRI), Dr Deepaka Sanath- MO I/C Health Information, Mr Harsha Balasooriya Senior Assistant Librarian,OUSL with Dr Lilani Karunanayake- Consultant Microbiologist at the time of testing the automated library system in January 2015.

( This was done for MRI by Mr Harsha Balasooriya as a community service)



Mrs Chandra Gunathilake former chief Librarian at MRI( 2016)  with Mr Harsha Balasooriya. Without her keenness and dedication this system is really impossible.

Location: First Floor of the Old Building Tel Ext: 120