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Library and Information Science

The Division of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University prepares graduate students for careers in libraries and other information centers. Students can complete our degrees online or choose a blended option for the core courses; blended courses alternate face-to-face with online instruction. Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), our programs draw a wide range of students — men and women representing many ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. They are united by an enthusiasm for librarianship and a desire to help others by achieving excellence in this dynamic profession.

Our students benefit from the outstanding resources of a major Catholic university in exciting New York City. Taught by faculty who are leading information specialists, our graduates secure positions in archives, law libraries, public and academic libraries, publishing companies, research centers, and technology companies, to list just a few.

Our programs reflect the University’s Vincentian commitment to service and social justice. We equip our graduates with the technical and philosophical background required to serve the public with access to information that all citizens need to participate in our democracy.

Courses taught in the Division of Library and Information Science feature hands-on experience in the latest technologies.

Mission Statement

The program’s mission is to serve the people and organizations of the New York metropolitan area and the wider community by:

  • Preparing and empowering outstanding librarians and other information professionals who will lead the profession forward in providing access to information where, when, and how people need it;
  • Researching and publishing about issues in the profession; and
  • Serving populations of information users, particularly the underserved.

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