Freephone: 0508 650 200
The Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5) is the first of our range of information and library studies qualifications that will give you the skills to work in school, public, special or academic libraries. You will learn about the information industries (such as libraries and archives and records management), information collections and how to manage them, information literacy, information seeking and information sources and services for library clients.
OP520502 Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5) is closed to new students.
If you are interested in studying a diploma in Library and Information Studies, please click on the link to find out more about our new programme, NZ3466 New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies (Level 5).
If you were already enrolled in OP520502 Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5) prior to 23 October 2017, you can continue to enrol in your next course as normal to complete your qualification.
To be awarded this qualification you will need to have completed all courses that make up the programme by the end of Trimester 2, 2020.
Please note, from Trimester 3 2018, there are some changes to courses that make up the programme.
These changes will see students benefit from the latest courses developed for our new library programmes. Please be assured that any courses you have already completed will still be counted towards your qualification.
To see the course changes, please see the updated study plan below.
If you need help with choosing your courses, are interested in transferring into our new diploma, or have any questions, please contact us
Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.
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.
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.
The Open Polytechnic is updating our suite of library and information studies courses. New courses are progressively replacing previous courses in this diploma.
Please note, you may credit either the original course or the replacement course, but not both, to your diploma.
Courses affected and their equivalents are shown in the table below.
OP520502 Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5)
Compulsory courses in this programme are listed in their recommended study order. The total number of credits or courses from this section is 100 credits:
In addition, students are required to successfully complete one course from the courses listed below:
When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:
This qualification will prepare you for a career in school, public or academic libraries as a library assistant or assistant librarian; or sole-charge librarian in a small special library or school library.
Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.
Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.