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Higher Diploma in Library and Information Science (HDLIM) is a 4-semester program leading to a Higher Diploma. It is equal to the levels 2 and 3 of a three-year Diploma/Higher Diploma course.

Eligibility Criteria

Completed a one-year Diploma OR Level 1 of three-year Diploma in Library and Information Science/Library and Information Management.

Examples for eligible Diplomas:

  • 1st year of Diploma in Library and Information Management offered by NILIS
  • 1st year of Diploma in Library and Information Science offered by SLLA and University of Kelaniya
  • Diploma in School Librarianship offered by NILIS
  • Diploma in Public Librarianship offered by NILIS

Course duration: 02 years (04 semesters)

Medium of instruction: Sinhala/Tamil

  • Sinhala Medium – University of Colombo, Kandy, Kurunegala and Badulla
  • Tamil Medium – Kandy Center

Delivery of lessons:

Courses are held on weekends (Colombo – Sunday, Other centers – Saturday). Some classes will be held online. Students must complete continuous assessments for each module. Attendance of over 80% is required to sit for semester-end exams.

Total Fee: Rs.84,000 (Payable in 04 installments)

Course outline

Semesters 1 and 2:

HDLIM1 Bibliometric Study
HDLIM1 Current Developments in Library & Information Profession
HDLIM1 Collection Development
HDLIM1 Information for Mass Media
HDLIM1 Information Management – 2
HDLIM1 Information and Communication Technology – 2
HDLIM1 Bibliographic Organization – 2
HDLIM1 Human Resource Management for LIS Professionals
HDLIM1 Research Methods – 1
HDLIM1 English for LIS Professionals – 2

Semesters 3 and 4:

HDLIM2 Library and Information Centre Management
HDLIM2 Information Networks
HDLIM2 Information Management – 3
HDLIM2 Information Communication Technology – 3
HDLIM2 Bibliographic Organization – 3
HDLIM2 Information Sources and Services – 2
HDLIM2 English for LIS professionals – 3
HDLIM2 Project reporting
HDLIM2 Project Report

Course Coordinator: Mr. Uditha Alahakoon

Application Process

Please send the completed application by post to NILIS, University of Colombo on or before 18th 30th of September 2020 by registered post. Please attach the bank slip of application processing charges (Rs.250) along with the application. The account details have been given in the application.

Download the application: Sinhala | Tamil ‍| English