The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Library Science

About the Program

The program is entirely online, and accepts both full-time and part-time students. Students will acquire the perspective and skills necessary to provide paraprofessional support services in public libraries, college and university libraries, and corporate and special libraries. They will be prepared for both public services and technical services positions, including reference, circulation and programming, processing and cataloging of materials, and working with information technology. They will also acquire supervisory and administrative skills.

Student Profile

The program is designed for those individuals with a baccalaureate degree who desire to enter the workforce as library paraprofessionals or to change careers. It may also qualify college graduates who are currently working as library paraprofessionals for salary increases and promotions.

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete the following five courses, a total of 15 student credit hours:

  • LIS 2000 Introduction to Information & Society (Social Science General Education) (Fall)
  • LIS 3000 Libraries in the Information Age (Fall)
  • LIS 3002 Introduction to Library Public Services (Fall)
  • LIS 3004 Introduction to Technical Services (Spring)
  • LIS 3006 Introduction to Collection Development (Spring)

Admission Requirements

Admission into the PBC requires an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an overall gpa of at least 2.0 (the equivalent of a C).

How to Apply

  1. Go to Undergraduate Admissions
  2. Click the Apply button
  3. If your undergraduate degree is from LSU, select Re-entry Students. If your undergraduate degree is not from LSU, select Transfer Students.
  4. Enter all of the personal information requested, at which point a list of majors will be presented
  5. From the list of majors, select Library Science Certificate

 For assistance with the application process, contact Ms. Mary Armstrong,

Tuition and Fees

The PBC in Library Science is offered in an entirely asynchronous online format. The certificate is classified as a traditional, on-campus program, not an LSU Online program. Tuition and fees are those charged for on-campus undergraduate programs. Tuition and fee information can be found at Tuition and Fees. All non-residents of Louisiana will be charged the non-resident fee.


Dr. Carol Barry


Gainful Employment Disclosure 

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information to students in a certificate program. This is called a Gainful Employment Disclosure. For more information, please refer to Financial Aid's website.