Diploma in Information and Library Studies (Level 5) (Closed to New Enrolments)

Qualification code OP520502

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.

Qualification Update

New Students

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).

Current students

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.

Please note, 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. 

If you need help with choosing your courses, are interested in transferring into our new diploma, or have any questions, please contact us



  • 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.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • source and use information
  • problem-solve
  • understand and use information technology as a tool in information provision
  • provide client-focused service.

Career opportunities

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.

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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