Marga Institute - Centre for Development Studies


The Marga Institute started as a civil society initiative in the early seventies (Incorporated in 1972) and developed over a span of four decades. The ideas leading to the establishment of the Marga Institute took shape in the late nineteen sixties, among a group of public officers, academics and professionals.


Marga Institute, Centre for Development Studies, utilizing it’s unique experience over three decades in the field of Development Studies is pleased to offer three courses through it’s Continuing learning and Professional Development (CLDP) Programme. ;-1. MA in Development Studies and Public Policy (In collaboration with the Open University of Sri Lanka. 2. Certificate Course in Statistics in Research with guide to SPSS and 3. Research Methodology


Marga Publications include the research work of the Institute, the Marga journal and the Translation Programme. These could be purchased from the Marga bookshop (Publication Division) or at  leading  bookstores  in  and  around the City of Colombo.


The Institute has defined its research framework and research priorities through a continuous and sustained process in which it draws on the intellectual capital it has gained and the research networks it has established over the long period of its existence. These have enabled it to be in regular contact with the emerging global priorities as they get defined by the international community bilateral donors and the multi-lateral institutions.



The Marga Library has collection over 23,000 volumes focus on a wide variety of subjects with an emphasis on the development in Sri Lanka from the pre-independence era up to date. A collection of CDs DVDs are also available. More than 115 periodicals in printed format in a wide range of fields are available in the periodical section. Marga documents and all Marge publications are available in the library for reference.

The Sri Lanka collection carries rare and hard to find books and documents related to Sri Lanka.

Marga is the main depository for the World Bank Publications.

The Library is open five days a week from Monday through Sunday except on Mercantile Holidays.

Library hours are from 9 am – 4 pm.

Contact the Marga Library:

  • Telephone: 011 2888790/1 ext 115 and 107
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