Bachelor of Library Science

Library Science is an interdisciplinary field which comprises the study of the principles and practices of Library Administration. Library Science is also referred as Library and Information science. Bachelor of Library Science is an Academic Degree awarded for a course or program in Library Science.

Indian Library Association is a premier association committed to the cause of Library Movement and Development. It is also responsible for accreditation of institutions imparting Library and Information Science education and training and promotion of Library Science Education and the improvement in the training of Libraries in India. Library Science Courses are mostly focused on providing knowledge of the principles and practices of classical Library Science along with the current technologies applied to these processes.


The duration of B.Lib. is 1 year including number of semesters which are mostly 2 in number. Semesters may vary from Institution to Institution.


To purse a Library Science Degree, a candidate needs to have Bachelor's Degree in any discipline form a recognised Institution. Percentage requirement varies from Institute to Institute. Age Limit also varies from Institute to Institute. Some Distance Learning Institutes put no Age Limit in pursuing the Bachelor's Degree in Library Science.

Top Colleges

There are various Library Science Colleges which offer graduate degree in Library Science in India:

Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University Institute of Journalism (Bhopal)provides a 3 year, Bachelor of Library and Information Technology (Hons)course, open to students who have passed the 10+2 examination. B.Lib. canalso be pursued through Distance Learning programs offered by various Indian Institutions.

List of some of the Institutes providing B.Lib.Sc. courses through Distance Learning programs:

Annamalai University.

Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University.

Global Open University.

Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Nalanda Open University.

Is B.Lib. or B.Lib.Sc., an Undergraduate or Post graduate Degree?

As with many other Academic Degrees, B.Lib. is also confusing when it comes to categorising it as an Under Graduate or Post Graduate Degree. If we consider the title 'Bachelor' it should be an Under Graduate Degree but ifwe look at the Eligibility of the Course, it should be a Post Graduate Degree.

Subjects / Topics

Library & Society.

Library Management.

History of Library and Information Science.

Cataloguing and Classification.

Digital Libraries.

Modern Library Services.

Emerging Issues in Library System.

Some Institutes require B.Lib. students to prepare a Thesis before appearing in the final B.Lib. Examination.

Note : Subjects / Topics may vary from Institute to Institute.


This Degree is especially meant for those who have a basic interest inbooks as well as a variety of topics, good communication skills, customer service attitude, methodical approach, organizing skills, and ability of understanding user needs.

Those who Love Books can make their Love, a profession as well. There arevery few of us who can actually pursue what we actually love.


One can pursue advanced Library Science Degree Programs with Bachelor degree in Library Science, example Masters Degree in Library Science.

Librarianship is a growing field, which has attained the status of aseparate discipline. Apart from the Government Universities, various Foreign and Private Universities have come up to fulfil the needs of Book lovers and casual readers. To cater to their needs and smoothen the functioning of Libraries, there is a need for those skilled in Librarianship.

Job Types



Deputy Librarian.

Director / Head of Information Centre.

Junior Librarian / Semi-Professional Assistant.

Junior Librarian / Professional Assistant.

Junior Librarian / Assistant Librarian.

Junior Information Analyst.



Library Assistant.

Library Attendant.


Senior Information Analyst.

Employment Areas

Companies and Organisations with large Information handling requirements.

Foreign Embassies.

Information Centres / Documentation Centres.

Museums and Galleries with Reading Rooms and Research Facilities.

News Agencies and Organisations.

Public / Government Libraries.

Universities and other Academic Institutions.

Photo/ Film Libraries.

Private Organisations and Special Libraries.