The birth of Don Bosco library in 1995 at Chinthanaloka inaugurated a new era of our Vice Province of Sri Lanka in the training and intellectual accompaniment of our young students for their future mission. The immediate post novitiate formation integrated with philosophical studies and research led the process of our library to greater horizons. Many of our senior Salesians have generously donated books and many other resources in the formation of our library. A number of don Bosco institutions came forward to support our project financially. The Delegation House at that time allocated Rs. 30,000 periodically creating a library fund. Our major superiors had a keen interest in strengthening our library project. Their periodic visits have opened new opportunities to acquire new volumes. A number of books have been acquired from India with the generosity of our Indian superiors and confreres. In 2002 our library found a definite and more organized project with the founding of the new library building blessed by Rev. Fr. Benjamin Puthota our late Delegate Superior and inaugurated by Rev. Bro. Gabriel Garniga our Provincial Economer. With the temporary suspension of DBCIPH in 2008 our library experienced a desertion and dispersion losing a number of important books and volumes from her possession.
Today in a span of twenty years of unfailing scholarly journey our library stands as a moral and spiritual force leading our Vice Province to the challenges of the third millennium. Today our library is in possession of over 6000 books and precious volumes of various sectors of knowledge illumining the hearts and minds of all those who enter her wise and spiritual dwelling. In 2015 the academic community launched a full-pledged rapid developmental project expanding and opening up to the modern day digitalized access of knowledge. The inauguration of the new IT department in the library and the computerization of all the volumes have opened the doors of Chinthanaloka to the World of global learning. In this process the untiring and generous service of the staff of the Colombo Public Library deserves recognition and appreciation.
The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), or Dewey Decimal System, is a proprietary library classification system first published in the United States by Melvil Dewey in 1876. It has been revised and expanded through 23 major editions, the latest issued in 2011, and has grown from a four-page pamphlet in 1876 with fewer than 1,000 classes to a four volume set. It is also available in an abridged version suitable for smaller libraries. It is currently maintained by the Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC), a library research centre. OCLC licenses access to an online version, Web Dewey, for cataloguers, and has an experimental linked data version on the Web with open access. The Dewey decimal classification is a system of library classification made up of ten classes, each divided into ten divisions, each having ten sections. For example, class 600 ("Technology") includes division 630 ("Agriculture and related technologies"), which includes section 636 ("Animal husbandry"). Practically, there are only 99 of 100 divisions and 908 of 1000 sections in total, as some are no longer in use or have not been assigned.
KOHA is the first free software library automation package. In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of users collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base.
[Donated to DBCIPH in the month of May 2015 by the Vice Province of Sri Lanka]