New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies (Level 5)

Qualification code NZ3466

The Diploma in Library and Information Studies will prepare you to work within the rapidly transforming library and information services sectors as a confident, culturally competent, proactive and collaborative practitioner.

You will build a broad understanding of libraries and information services including public, school, tertiary, national and special libraries, as well as records and information management.

You will assist in developing, organising and maintaining library services, spaces and digital technologies. 

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  • Level 5  
    Credits 120 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $4,380 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to

assess clients’ library and information needs, and review and select options to deliver and promote a range of services to identified client segments
develop, organise and maintain library and information spaces, digital technology and collections in multiple forms and formats to meet the needs of clients in diverse communities including Mäori and Pacific peoples and the users of Mäori and Pacific information
support clients to find and use information, and to build information and digital literacies
deliver library and information services using digital technologies.

Career opportunities

This qualification is ideal if you are interested in a career as a library or heritage assistant, or work in library community outreach. It also meets the needs of those with work or study experience in another sector but now planning a career in libraries or related information industry.

Study pathways

This qualification is also a starting point for the Bachelor of Library and Information Studies.

To gain specialist skills in another area you may also be interested in studying the New Zealand Diploma in Records and Information Management (Level 6), and the New Zealand Certificate in Library and Information Services for Children and Teens (Level 6).

Visit the information and library studies subject area on our website for more information.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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