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.

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



  • 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

Entry requirements

You must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the programme and have one of the following:

  • New Zealand University Entrance (visit nzqa.govt.nz for details).
  • Passes in New Zealand certificate/diploma qualifications/courses considered appropriate by the programme leader.
  • An overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to either of the above by the programme leader.

Computer and online access

Some of the courses are delivered  online so you will need to have regular access to a computer or device, a reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan to be able to support your online learning. You will need to stream videos, download content and submit assessments online.

International students

You can study this programme if you’re a New Zealand citizen living overseas or if you are an international student living in New Zealand and working part time with a verified work permit. If you’re an overseas-based international student, you can study this programme but will be unable to enrol in Open University United Kingdom based courses.

Find out about the special conditions and fees which you’ll need to meet

English language

English is the language of study at Open Polytechnic. You will need to be able to read and write well in English so that you can understand course materials and also submit written assessments. There are criteria that must be met if English is not your first language. Find out more about English language requirements or contact us.