Marga Institute - Centre for Development Studies

Education, Training, Library Services and Information

Education & Training

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
  3. Research Methodology

Library Services


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
  • E-mail:

Information services

During the last 40 years the Institute has carried out studies in the following areas and reports, survey results, databases are available with us in the Library

During the 35 years of its existence the Institute has completed approximately 1500 studies covering the following fields:

  • Development
  • Children/Youth/Women
  • Population/Migration
  • Education/Health/Housing/Social Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Agriculture
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Poverty
  • Employment

Resources and Services

The book collection includes a comprehensive Sri Lanka collection catering to the needs of students as well as researchers. The Marga documents and Marga publications are available for reference. Since Marga is the designated main depository for the World Bank Publications separately shelved allows easy access to these publications. Separate collection of CDs include a wide variety of content such as World Development Indicators, World Bank publications on CDs and some full text journals.

The full collection is computerized to enhance searching for any material in the library. Also Marga has access to World Bank online resources including World Bank e-library, World Development Indicators Online, and Global Development Finance Online.

Users also can surf the web through library computers with uninterrupted online connections..

Marga also provides a photocopy service within copy right limitations.


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