Program Description

Libraries are constantly evolving in their delivery and management of information. Library and Information Technicians have the knowledge and practical skills needed to perform in today’s evolving library environment. Combining theory and hands-on practice, students will learn to acquire, organize, produce, retrieve and disseminate information in print and electronic formats. Led by experienced librarians, this program will help prepare you for employment in academic, public, school and special libraries and other information service settings.

This program is a recognized, preeminent online library education program in Canada. Current or previous work or volunteer experience in a library/information setting is encouraged, but not required. Taught online and taken on a part-time or full-time basis, participants have the opportunity to complete their diploma with flexibility. Some courses have final exams that must be written in person.

Students select four elective courses, enabling them to customize their education to focus on specific topics of interest within the library/information field, including records management, archives, government information, school libraries and multimedia.

Full-Time Continuing Education students usually complete this program in four semesters,  Part-Time students usually complete this program in approximately three years.

Courses in this program cost approximately $205 to $475 each. Textbooks are extra.

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Potential and in-progress students must be aware that most agencies accepting clinical/placement students require you to be fully vaccinated with Health Canada approved vaccines. If you are not fully immunized, it may have a significant impact on your ability to participate in clinical/field placement.

Additional Details

Admission and Registration

You must apply, and be accepted, prior to registering for courses.

Application Process:

  • Application must be submitted, with your official transcript, through the OCAS - Ontario College Application Service (opens in new window).
  • Applicants are asked to select only one option (full-time or part-time) when applying. If accepted, you will receive an offer to only one option if you applied for both. Your status (part-time or full-time) will be determined when registering for your courses each semester. Students can switch between full-time and part-time status throughout the duration of their studies. 

Intakes are available in the Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring (May).

You require:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) OR equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)
  • A pass in Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Library or Information Services experience is recommended, but not required

Financial Assistance

green checkmark OSAP funding may be available. Learn more about Financial Assistance Options for Continuing Education Students.

Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes outline what graduates need to know, and be able to do, after they complete a program.

Review the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) program learning outcomes.


Academic Opportunities

Graduates of this program will receive:

Graduates may be interested in furthering their education through the Libraries and Digital Technologies Certificate.

Career Opportunities

  • Public libraries and regional library services.
  • Libraries and resource centres serving colleges, universities, elementary and secondary schools and school boards.
  • Special libraries, such as those found in law offices, hospitals, corporations and government departments and agencies.
  • Bibliographic utilities, online and library system vendors and electronic publishers.
  • Information services industry.
  • Cultural and non-profit organizations.

For details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).

Next Steps

Wait for your application to be approved. Once approved, you can select and register for your courses.

Field Placement / Clinical

Near the end of your time in the program, you will complete two field placements. Students are strongly encouraged to review placement expectations by visiting our Library and Information Technician Field Placement Student Information webpage. 

Host Libraries can learn more about our placement requirements and expectations by visiting our Library and Information Technician Field Placement Host Library Information webpage. 

Additional Information


Frequently Asked Questions

College Resources

Program Contact

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Education and Library Studies
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Completion Requirement

28 Course(s)

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Students who began the program prior to September 2023 with a completion date no later than December 2026, must follow the previous Program of Studies (opens in new window).

If you began the program prior to September 2023 and will not have completed by December 2026 the changes may impact program completion. Email for more information.


The Program of Studies below applies to students starting the program September 2023. 

Click on the course names to view current availability. A selection of courses will be offered each term. Visit our course schedule page for a tentative list of future offerings.

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