See yourself leading an information revolution in public libraries? The MLIS Public Library Concentration prepares graduates to positively engage with the range of opportunities facing the post-modern public library: extended community involvement, incorporation of emerging technologies, and pro-active advocacy for service populations.

Program Type


Program Format

Hybrid, Online

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Public library leaders build vital, resilient communities through their understanding of user needs, community partnerships, access to information and library services, and the legal and financial frameworks of public libraries. The objective of the Public Library Concentration is to enable graduates to take strong leadership positions with sensitivity to community needs and the possibilities engendered by new media technologies.

Things to know…

The Public Library Concentration is a credential that appears on your transcript and is completed within the context of the master’s of library and information science program.

Declaration of Intent

You may declare a concentration at the time of your application to the program or you may use the link below to add or remove the concentration after admission.

Program Requirements

Students pursuing the Public Library Concentration must be admitted into the Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) program and complete all MLIS program requirements. Please visit the MLIS Program page for complete details:

Concentration Requirements

Students pursuing the Public Library Concentration must take 15 credits of coursework from the list of qualifying courses as electives within the overall MLIS program.