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Library Science or Library and Information Science are two terms for the same field of study. Library and Information Science pertains to the study of library management and information systems, while Library Science focuses its study on research information and teaching abilities. In simple words, library science is the study of how books and literary resources are collected, organized, maintained, and managed in libraries.

A degree in this field teaches students how to coordinate, research, analyse and guard all books and documents with care and precision. The programs draw together a range of activities, insights, and resources for the management of libraries, directories, books, and customised collections while developing unique skill sets for students to advance into the real world.

Library Science as a course of study is for students who aim to work in an environment that is constantly stocked with informative texts and where academics allow for the combination of innovative ideas with content. In doing so, the students get a certified degree as a library science graduate and are provided with the opportunity to change communities for the better and inspire others with their advice and experience from the pool of knowledge around them.


Study Levels

Library and Library Information Science can be studied in various accreditations, at both the undergraduate level and the postgraduate level. The following degrees are awarded to students after successful completion of the course:
Bachelor of Library Science (B.Lib.Sc.)
Bachelor of Library and Information Science (B. Lib.I.Sc / BLIS)
Bachelor Degree in Library Archival and Information Studies
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Library Informatics
Master of Library Science (M.lib.Sc.)
Master of Library and Information Science (M.Lib.I.Sc. / MLIS)
Master of Arts (MA) in Library and Information Science
Master of Science (MSc) in Library Media
Master of Science in Library Science
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
Diploma/Certificate in Library Science (D.Lib /C.Lib)
Diploma/Certificate in Library and Information Science (DLIS/CLIS)


Aside from the core modules, students of Library Science can choose from a range of specialization options. These, however, will depend on the program and the institution.

Throwing Caps

The following are some popular Library Science specialisations available to students.

Academic Libraries
Archives Studies
Information Science
Digital Libraries
Information Organisation
Information Technology

Public Libraries
Resources and Services: Children and Youth
Resources and Services: Health
Resources and Services: Reference
Records Management
Digital Content Curation
Music Librarianship
Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship
School Library



Working in a library can be a worthwhile occupation for individuals who are interested in reading books and in continued learning but not interested in a career in teaching. They love to engage in research and work in collaborating with and supporting others in getting access to books and other services within the library. However, today advanced knowledge, leadership, and teaching licenses have opened up new career opportunities for library science majors.
Library Science job roles are found in a variety of settings, including educational institutions, government agencies, law firms, corporations, media outlets, hospitals, research institutes, private firms, foreign embassies, and museums and galleries. The job satisfaction of being a librarian is very high and requires the individual to be dedicated, committed, and passionate about books and learning.


    Individuals with Library Science career interests will take on various roles such as:
    Archives and Special Collection Librarian
    Children's Librarian
    Competitive Intelligence Analyst
    Data Curator
    Digital Librarian
    Electronic Resources Librarian
    Information Architect
    Information Officer


    Law Librarian
    Learning Resource Centre Librarian
    Librarian and Media Specialist
    Library Assistant
    Library Attendant
    Rare Books Curator
    Record Manager
    Reference Librarian
    Research Analyst
    School / College / University Librarian
    Subject Specialist Librarian
    Teacher / Professors
    University Library Director
    Web Content Strategist
    Youth Services Librarian
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