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Welcome to the Library & Information Services program website!

Thank you for your interest in the Library & Information Services program.

Library and Information Services (L&IS) graduates work in libraries in communities, schools, colleges, universities, government and non-profit agencies and private industry performing a wide variety of library duties and services including children's programming, cataloging, customer service and research assistance. L&IS graduates work in roles such as library technician, library assistant, library paraprofessional, and library or media aide.

L&IS graduates usually work under the direction of professional librarians, in a wide variety of roles and responsibilities, such as:

  • Staffing customer service points
  • Creating records for library catalogs
  • Processing library materials for the collection
  • Instructing patrons in the use of the library's catalog
  • Assisting patrons in locating materials
  • Circulating library materials and handling overdue processes
  • Maintaining patron records

Careers in library and information services demand a strong customer service mindset, a high degree of comfort with computers, solid organizational skills, and a keen attention to detail.

Program Options

Choose the Library & Information Services courses that are right for your career goals. The Library & Information Services program offers two certificates. Students are welcome to take any course as a way to update their skills or they can pursue one or both certificates and be eligible to apply for the additional Library Support Staff Certification sponsored by ALA-APA.


We offer two short certificates, one in Public Services (23-25 credits) and one in Technical Services (13-15 credits).

Apprentice program

Those already employed in a library should inquire about the apprentice discount.

K-12 Library/Media endorsement

Teachers may be able to use program courses toward a library/media endorsement.

Highline Community College students

Contact Information
Office hours:
Monday-Friday 10 am-3pm

Phone: (206) 592-3248