Qualification
Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Information and Library Studies) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP702042

In today’s information rich world, a Bachelor of Arts in Information and Library Studies will give you essential skills for a career in information services. You will learn about the changing role of libraries and information organisations, how to organise and retrieve information, collection development and management, policy and planning, information services for different user groups and more.

Lucia, Graduate - Bachelor of Arts (Information and Library Studies) 

Qualification Update

New Students

OP702042 Bachelor of Arts (Information and Library Studies) is closed new students. 

If you are interested in studying a degree in Information and Library studies, please click on the link to find out about our new programme, OP7040 Bachelor of Library and Information Studies.

Current students

If you were already enrolled in OP702042 Bachelor of Arts (Information and Library Studies) 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 1, 2023. 

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 replacement study plan below.

If you need help with choosing your courses, or have any questions, please contact us.



  • Level 7  
    Credits 360 
  • 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 $13,140 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.

Updated Study Plan for OP702042 Bachelor of Arts (Information and Library Studies)

The Open Polytechnic is updating our suite of library and information studies courses. New courses are progressively replacing previous courses in this degree.
Please note, you may credit either the original course or the replacement course, but not both, to your degree.
Courses affected and their equivalents are shown in the table below.

Course Order

Course Code

Course Title

Level

Credits

1

72141

Academic Writing

5

20

2

72142

Or

LIS502

Accessing Information

Navigating and Using Information

5

20

3

72170

Or

LIS501

The Information Industry

The Information Environment

5

20

4

72171

Or

LIS506

Library Systems and Processes

Collection Management in Libraries

5

20

5

72270

Or

LIS603

Information Sources and Services

Knowledge Organisation Systems

6

20

6

72271

Or

LIS601

User Education and Reference Skills

Empowering People and Communities

6

20

7

72272

Or

LIS611

Cataloguing and Classification

Cataloguing and Classification

6

20

8

73213

Research Methods and Interpretation

6

20

9

72370

Or

LIS701

Information Issues

Critical Perspectives for Library and Information Professionals

7

20

10

72374

Social Informatics

7

20

11

72371

Or

LIS702

Policy and Planning for Information Services

Strategy and Planning in Information Organisations

7

20

12

74342

Or

74347

Research Paper

Practicum

7

20

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will:

  • know the principles of librarianship
  • know how to use information technology to
    manage information
  • have information and library, policy development and change management skills
  • be able to deal with contemporary issues in the information services profession.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career at management level in a variety of library and information service roles like a librarian, an information specialist or records manager.

Professional recognition

This qualification is recognised by the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) for the purposes of professional registration and is accredited by Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA).

Key dates

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

See key enrolment dates

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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