Vision & Mission


To be a centre of excellence in the provision of multidisciplinary and defence-related information and information services to the KDU community that best serves the teaching, learning and research while being within the defence and security fraternity.

We provide dynamic and quality user-centered library and information services that enhance teaching, learning and research while inculcating life-long information skills and fostering a knowledge culture within the KDU learning community. We acquire, organize, preserve and provide access to information materials using innovative technologies to deliver information and scholarly materials on an anywhere / any time basis and provide physical spaces for the learners with access facilities to discover knowledge outside the lecture rooms and the academic staff, graduate students and researchers to carry out their teaching and research in a constructive manner.
The Library acknowledges and is committed to the values that accommodate, academic freedom, honesty in service, accommodate user diversity, equity and transparency in transactions, ethical principles and professional integrity.

About Us


General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Library (KDUL) is the main student support services the University offer for the learning and advancement of knowledge of the KDU community.

The library supports students to achieve their learning goals and to make them learned professionals with higher graduate profiles. The library supports University to achieve its mission by providing dynamic and proactive information services. KDUL network is to provide a variety of resources in multiple formats which to enhance teaching, learning and research activities of the University.

The KDU Library network consists of the Main Library, Southern Campus Library, and two faculty libraries; the Library of Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Allied Health sciences. It caters to over 6000 members, including both students and staff.



The KDU is a unique university. Its teaching and learning behaviour, system of student nurturing, high level of discipline, and grooming the students for a multi task, productivity-based, high flown job market are some of the specialties of the ‘graduate profile’ of the KDU products. To complement these qualities and as the only defence university library in the country, KDU Library bears a specialty for the ownership of curriculum based resources and defence and security related information. The library provides access to a comprehensive resource collection in variety of formats which cover a wide range of academic disciplines taught at the University. It possesses rich collections of defence, security and strategic studies including military science & technology, war history, international political economy, case studies, biographies, maps, images etc.

Apart from the printed reading materials, the KDU library provides many e-resources and Research Databases which are accessible through the KDU library website. These databases are full-text resources (Journal articles, e-books etc.) and are highly useful for university coursework, projects, and research.

The Library provides special services to academic staff and research students, such as Inter-Library Loan Service (ILL), Document Delivery Service (DD Service), Provision of selected articles and other information upon request (SDI service), Subject Inquiry service for all users.

As a specialized service KDU Library provides User Education programs faculty wise and as free workshops. The programmes include Fresher orientations, Information discovery skills training, conducting literature surveys and avoiding plagiarism, writing systematic reviews, referencing management systems / etc.

The library also provides a service for checking plagiarism, similarity of text and content, in the research/project reports submitted by the students through a standards Plagiarism Checking software (Turn-It-In).