NILIS is an internationally recognised higher educational institution in Library and Information Science (LIS), Teacher Librarianship (TL) and Information Management (IM). Its located in the heart of the city, in the island country, Sri Lanka. Over the past decade, NILIS has trained thousands of library and information professionals who are employed in Universities, public and special libraries, and schools. It has contributed with hundreds of research studies in library and information management related disciplines.
The primary objective of the institute is to train the human resources required for the huge school library sector in the country. In addition it has been empowered by the NILIS Ordinance of 1999 to conduct other postgraduate programmes in the Library and Information Science (LIS) field and produce the necessary high quality human resources for universities, research institutes, government departments, local government authorities and other library and information sectors in the country. Another major objective is to develop a continuing professional development (CPD) programmes for LIS professionals to update and upgrade their skills and knowledge.
It is estimated that Sri Lanka has more than 10,000 libraries and information centres. These are scattered in the higher education, education, government, semi-government, local government, private,NGO and other sectors. With the establishment of NILIS, the postgraduate and general training facilities in the relevant fields have been expanded immensely.