Other Publications

Economic History Museum of Sri Lanka - Museum Guide

The Economic History Museum of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka aims to educate the public with the knowledge of the economic history of the island which spans for more than 2500 years, the monetary system, the establishment of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and its role in monetary practices.

By visiting this museum you can learn about the Barter System; the ancient system of exchanging commodities without the involvement of money, the origination and evolution of a formal means of exchange, types of ancient coins and notes circulated locally and their usage, series of coins and banknotes issued for circulation from the beginning of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, special Commemorative Coins and Notes, coinage and associated equipment, bank notes production and associated process, the security features of banknotes and many other details about the economic history of Sri Lanka.

Financial Literacy Survey Sri Lanka 2021

The publication ‘Financial Literacy Survey Sri Lanka – 2021’, consists the Key Survey Findings of the first ever country wide Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka with the assistance of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) under the National Financial Inclusion Strategy of Sri Lanka. The Survey assessed the level of financial literacy across the population with a view to formulating appropriate policy measures. The Survey publication presents the overall level of financial literacy in Sri Lanka along with the financial literacy scores under the elements of financial knowledge, attitudes and behavior within the concept of financial literacy. The publication is a useful collection of information for those who are interested in the field of financial inclusion.

The 70 Year Journey of Currency Issue and Management

Co-authored by Retired Director Communications of CBSL, Ms. Shellomi H Gunawardena and Retired Senior Manager of CBSL, Mr. W M K Weerakoon, this publication consists of 07 chapters and can be used as a reference for bankers, students, numismatists, and others who would be interested in the history pertaining to currency in Sri Lanka. The publication carries attractive colour illustrations of currency notes and coins used in Sri Lanka from ancient times with historical narratives, which also provide a glimpse of the political, economic and cultural background of the country over the past 70 years.

National Financial Inclusion Strategy Book

 A Guide to Financial Services in Sri Lanka

The Central Bank released the publication “A Guide to Financial Services in Sri Lanka” specifically compiled for the awareness of the general public on the financial institutions in Sri Lanka. This publication was authored by Mr. P Samarasiri, Deputy Governor, in honor and gratitude to Mr. A S Jayawardena, the Governor November 1995 – June 2004, who proposed and guided Mr. Samarasiri to compile and release this publication first time in April 2002 in order to educate the general public on basic financial services in Sri Lanka. The publication contains basic information on financial institutions, their services, lists of various institutions licensed by the Central Bank, nature of regulation and supervision and safety of public transactions with financial institutions and is presented in a reader-friendly language while keeping its original format.

From Purana to the Rupee

Coins used through different time periods of a country play an important role when studying the history of that country. Although small in size, a coin has the ability of giving a wealth of information about the economic and cultural history of the country where it was used, through signs that remain on them. The exhibition, “From Purana to the Rupee”, was created based on the coins, notes and other artifacts previously housed at the Currency Museum of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Being prelude to the “Economic History Museum of Sri Lanka”, this exhibition will become a part of the museum once its construction is completed. This booklet, “From Purana to the Rupee” presents the long story of Sri Lankan currency in a simple language.

 A Survey of Financial System

This is the fourth book authored by Mr. P Samarasiri, Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka and published by the Central Bank. The book’s presentation is targeted for students, teachers and policymakers who look for basics on financial transactions and operations of a financial system. The book presents the financial system based on five components covering money, central bank, financial institutions, financial markets and financial safety net mechanism with a special focus on Sri Lanka. In addition, a summary description of fundamental topics is also given in the first Chapter. The coverage and presentation of the book are reader-friendly and provide readers with a fair guide to study  how a financial system operates. The readers can study further theoretical and practical details from other reading sources by taking this book as a guide.

Our People - Our Potential - Our Pride

This coffee table book marks the launch of the special mint of Rs. 10 coins by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in recognition of the administrative districts of our nation.

Within the pages of this book which celebrates the 25 districts of Sri Lanka and the launch of the 25 districts of coins, we invite you to catch a glimpse of each district, its true potential and the lives of the people lead, providing a snapshot of Sri Lanka: Our People and Our Potential, in which we hold Our Pride.

An Introduction to Principles of Economics – Part 1 (English/Sinhala/Tamil)

The above book is authored by Mr. C P A Karunatilake, Director, Centre for Banking Studies, the training arm of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.The purpose of writing this book is to supplement the literature available on this subject for beginners, aiming at a readership of GCE Advance Level student, university students and academics. While, the main focus of the book has been the GCE A/L syllabus, each chapter has been extended beyond that scope, so that the University students and other academic and professional aspirants also could benefit.
The Central Bank employs various publications and study programmes to improve the economic and financial knowledge of the public and this book is another milestone in reaching this objective.

The Sinhala and Tamil translation of this book also available now for the benefit of Sinahla and Tamil medium stuudents.more details

Interest Rates - The Theory and Practice

The publication on the above theme written by Dr. W M Hemachanrda and published by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka provides a theoretical analysis on interest rates and their application in practice in the context of Sri Lanka. It is an ideal reading material for university students, academics, analysts, researchers and policy makers. In addition, this publication would provide clarifications to most of the frequently asked questions by students on this subject. more details


60th Anniversary Commemorative Volume of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Over the past 60 years, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has consistently endeavoured to ensure macroeconomic stability, and function as an institution that is sensitive to the needs of the people. The Bank has also taken the necessary steps over this period as the authority on monetary management and the regulator of the financial system to achieve price stability and financial system stability and thereby contribute to the prosperity of Sri Lanka. At the same time, the Bank has facilitated the expansion of the financial system and helped improve financial inclusiveness. Significant improvements have also been effected in many other aspects of Bank’s activities, such as currency management, foreign exchange management, public debt management and the management of the Employees’ Provident Fund.

This publication effectively captures the challenges faced, trials endured and silent victories recorded by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in this long and exciting journey, while also documenting important events and developments in the different aspects of the economy. This compilation provides an informative account of the Sri Lankan economy and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka during the period from 1950 to 2010. Download Commemorative Volumes of Central Bank of Sri Lanka

60th Anniversary Oration Series (2010 - 2011)

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka is pleased to publish this volume containing the 10 orations delivered by eminent speakers under its 60th Anniversary Oration Series.

hese Orations, oeganized by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka provide outstanding ,aterial in the respective topics, and is an invaluable collection of insights of persons who are highly knowledgeable and experienced in the topics oftheir choice.

Economic Principles and Policies (Available in Sinhala medium only)

This book is authored by Mr. P Samarasiri, Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka, covering a step-by-step analysis of theoretical and practical aspects of the activities of the economy based on micro, macro, financial, state and foreign sectors and analytical tools. Therefore, this book is a very useful Economics text book to students of GCE (A/L), professional courses and universities who study economics and finance and their teachers as well as academia and policy-makers. more details

Interactive CD on design and features of latest currency note series

A trilingual interactive CD on the design and the security features of the new currency notes series will serve as a very important educational material for students and public. The central bank of sri lanka released its 11th series of currency notes on “prosperity, development and sri lankan dancers” on 4th February 2011 at the Dayata Kirula exhibition held at buttala.

Analysis of Basic Economic Principles (Available in Sinhala and Tamil medium)

The above book is authored by Mr. P Samarasiri, Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka. It helps the reader to understand and analyse the working of an economy. It covers topics such as operational base of an economy, behavior of consumers and producers, goods and services markets, measurement of macroeconomic activities, macroeconomic equilibrium, money, banking and monetary policy, international trade and finance, balance of payment, public finance, fiscal policy and current global financial crisis. This book may be an ideal material for the students, teachers and academic in the field of basic economics. Therefore We recommend this book for teachers, academia, policy makers, and students engaged in professional studies and also for Advanced Level students. more details

The Story of Inflation

This comic book wll help you to find simple answers for the following questions:
What is inflation?
What causes inflation?
How does inflation affect the economy?
How to control inflation?
How is inflation measured?


Transaction of Money,Banking and Economy (Available in Sinhala and Tamil medium)

This book is authored by Mr. P Samarasiri, Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka. It contains academic discussion on basic financial subjects, i.e., financial system of Sri Lanka, money, monetary policy, financial markets, foreign exchange market, commercial banking, bank supervision, central banking and current global financial and economic crisis. The book is written in simple language covering theoretical and practical aspects of the subjects. Therefore, this book is a very useful academic volume to students of GCE (A/L), professional courses and universities studying finance and economics and their teachers as well as academia and policymakers.

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Retrospect -The Coffee Table Book (60th Anniversary Special Publication)

Retrospect, the coffee table book issued to mark this memorable occasion, provides a window to have a momentary look over a picturesquely presented social, political and economic backround through which the Central Bank carried out its operations since its inauguration in 1950.

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Heritage Series

A series of publications published in association with the Regional Development Banks to enhance public knowledge and understanding about places of interest in the regions. Available in English and Sinhala.