Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS)

Students in libraryA reputation of excellence in education

Western's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is widely recognized as one of the best programs of its kind in North America. The curriculum stresses an exploration of the literature of the discipline and the development of advanced research skills. The program provides a strong foundation in traditional librarianship together with an opportunity to engage with innovative ideas and new information technologies. You’ll graduate from our program as a skilled professional who is well prepared to meet the challenges facing information and library professions today and in the future.

Unique, flexible structure

The MLIS program at Western is uniquely flexible.

  • Courses include a combination of in-person and online delivery (students should expect to take a combination of both in-person and online courses to complete the MLIS program)
  • Three entry points - September, January or May
  • Receive your degree in 12 months
  • Part-time option, ideal for working professionals

Make connections and gain experience through our co-op program

You’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of our program’s co-operative work/study option. Selected students may participate in one or two paid work terms in a library or information-related position before completing the final academic term of the MLIS degree. Co-op allows you to apply and enrich your classroom learning by working in a professional environment, and gives you experience that will benefit you after graduation. You’ll also make important professional and industry connections that will serve you well in your chosen career.

Meet our MLIS students


Western's Master of Library & Information Science program is ALA-accredited, with "continued" status. The ALA is the body responsible for ensuring that standards for library and science education are met, and continue to be met, throughout the life of the program. Continued accreditation status is granted to an accredited program that continues to demonstrate compliance with the Standards, and lasts for seven years. Western's MLIS program has been in good standing with the ALA since 1969, and completed its last review in 2018. For more information on the accreditation process, visit the ALA's Office for Accreditation resource.