The aim of the Library Network is to add value to all library and information provision requirements for customers of the University of Peradeniya, and assist in actualizing the mission of the University of Peradeniya.
The present Library Network has evolved into a multi-disciplinary information resource network since its modest beginning in 1921. Apart from the Main Library, which is located in the tallest building in the Faculty of Arts complex, there are five Branch Libraries, namely Agriculture, Engineering, Medical, Science and Veterinary. Medical, inter-linking resources to assist the academia, researchers and student universe. Approximately 800,000 resource items are held in the Network including monographs, periodicals, dissertations, UN publications, and non-print materials. It is the biggest academic library resource collection in Sri Lanka and considered one of the richest in South Asia.
The Main Library focuses on the users of the Arts Faculty, and is the main depository in the fields of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Its Ceylon Collection (33, 387 items) is identified as the finest in the land. The following are some of the library's noteworthy collections.
The university caters to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports activities. Peradeniya University has one of the largest swimming pool and gymnasiums in Sri Lanka, which has facilities for indoor games like basketball, table tennis, badminton, netball and other sports activities such as weight-training, wrestling, etc. This complex has changing and washroom facilities, and can accommodate over one thousand spectators.
Facilities for outdoor games and sports are provided at the main sports grounds. This complex includes several tennis courts, a volleyball court, a running track, a ground for field events, a hockey ground, and cricket, soccer, and rugby grounds. Most of these facilities at the grounds and the gymnasium are occasionally used by schools, clubs and sports associations in the area.
Trained coaches are available for students who take part in both indoor and outdoor sports activities. In addition, students also obtain advice from senior and experienced players.
There is a range of recreational activities available to students. The university's Open Air Theatre (amphitheatre) named at the Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra (Sarachchandra open Air theater) is the first and the largest of its kind in the country. Popularly known as the wala (pit), an Annual Drama Festival is held in it. This is one of the main cultural events of not only the university, but also of the neighboring community. In addition to this, there is a well equipped indoor theatre, The E.O.E Pereira Theatre at the Faculty of Engineering. Dramas, cultural events, and music shows are often held in this theatre.
Movies are screened regularly at the Arts Theatre, which is the main auditorium of the Faculty of Arts. This has a seating capacity for over 600 persons. The Student Center Complex is a popular meeting place for students. It has a small stage and meeting area which serves as an informal meeting place as well as a space for staging plays, etc.
The University Health Service provides medical care to the university community of students, staff and the immediate family members of staff. The Health Centre, which has facilities for in-patient treatment, is open for Out Patient Services from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM on working days, and from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM during weekends. An emergency service supported by two ambulances is available during all hours.
Students and members of the staff are required to register at the Health Centre by paying a small registration fee before seeking treatment. Patients who need specialized treatment are referred to consultant specialists of the Teaching Hospital at Peradeniya, the Kandy General Hospital, and the Peradeniya University Dental School. If necessary, the Health Centre's ambulances transport patients to these hospitals. Medical examinations of students and of new recruits to the staff are done at the Health Centre.
Among other services provided by the Health Centre are preventive health services, health education, and environmental health, which includes the monitoring of water and food supplies to the university.
The University has a small post office located in the premises of the Faculty of Arts. This office provides basic postal and telegraphic services between 8:00 AM. and 4:00 PM during week days. The delivery of mail to the university, however, is undertaken by the Peradeniya Main Post Office on old Galaha Road. Residential students can receive their mail at their halls of residence. Mail is delivered from Monday to Saturday around 7:00 AM.
The two state owned banks, Bank of Ceylon and Peoples' Bank, have branches in the university. Both are housed in the ground floor of the Senate Building, adjoining the Faculty of Arts. Bank of Ceylon also has an ATM facility located in the premises.
The Student Centre houses a bookshop, a cooperative sales outlet, and a hair dressing salon. Most grocery items are available in this cooperative sales outlet. There is a bigger cooperative shop with a wider variety of grocery and food items located in the eastern end of the campus on the way to Rajawatte. Many canteens in the halls of residence have items such as toiletry, stationery, tea, and milk powder.
The University internal telephone system provides telephone services to all offices. The intercom is a free service, but it cannot access lines outside the university. There are pay telephones, either coin or card operated, located in many places in the university.