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Bachelor of Library and Information Science in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Library and Information Science is a four-year degree program designed to provide knowledge and skills in the management of library operations, the systematic organization, conservation, preservation and restoration of books, historical and cultural documents, and other intellectual properties. The program includes topics on the basic principles and fundamental laws of library science as well as the appropriate use of information resources. It also teaches essential skills in the integration of information technology and management information system for effective organization, use, and delivery of learning resources and services.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who wish to pursue a degree in Library and Information Science are encouraged to take the Information and Communication Technology strand. The strand equips students with basic topics on illustration, web design, animation, technical drafting, and computer programming.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Introduction to Library and Information Science
  • Collection Management
  • Organization of Information Sources
  • Information Sources and Services
  • Library and Information Management
  • Information Technology
  • Research Methods in Library and Information Science

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Library and Information Science are expected to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively through oral and writing
  • Systematically and logically accomplish tasks
  • Create objectives and policies for future educational changes
  • Make use of the library’s automation systems, computer hardware, software, and other online tools
  • Analyze information policy and ethical issues

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in actual libraries and information centers in the public and private sectors. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Licensed Librarian in the Philippines, a graduate of Bachelor of Library and Information Science needs to pass the Librarian Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board of Librarians under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Bachelor of Library and Information Science may pursue a career path in libraries and information centers both in the public and private sectors. They may apply as a library technician, school librarian, corporate librarian, acquisitions librarian, community outreach librarian, public librarian, medical librarian, digital librarian, and law librarian.

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Reviews of Bachelor of Library and Information Science graduates:

list bulletWhy did I choose Library & Information Science: Honestly, they chose the course for me.

list bulletAbout my college education: KNOWING WHERE AND HOW TO FIND THE ANSWER is.
The most useful thing I learned is the use of Boolean term in searching. Cataloging materials is the most difficult for me.
Passing the exams was not difficult for me maybe because I really dedicated myself to study hard. Some classmates shift courses because they failed to pass the Cataloging subject :-)
For you to pass the course, you need to be thirsty of new things. You should always work harder after failure. Be patient and industrious at all times.

list bulletMy current job: Academic librarian (one-man)

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: We don't find. We're found.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Library & Information Science: I highly recommend this course. When you have this course, you will not only have the profession; you will understand different professions.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Love your course and everything will follow. We are no longer boring. Build or focus on your special skills.
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