Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Library and Information Studies

Qualification code OP7040

The Bachelor of Library and Information Studies will prepare you for a career within one or more of the professional sectors specialising in library and information services and management.

Graduates will be confident, culturally competent, and collaborative practitioners, empowering and inspiring people, communities and organisations to reach their potential.

You will provide access to information and knowledge resources, applying evidence-based practice to the collection, organisation and management of physical and digital media.

Please note this programme can only be studied part-time for now. We will update full-time study options in December 2018.

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  • 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.

When you achieve this qualification, you will be able to

  • Provide culturally responsive library and information services and collections, recognising and applying the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, understanding Te Ao Mäori and other indigenous knowledge paradigms 
  • Provide culturally relevant library and information services and collections to enhance the lives of Pasifika and other cultural groups in New Zealand 
  • Analyse individual, organisational and community needs to design and deliver appropriate library and information services, and provide access to information in support of life-long learning. 
  • Facilitate the creation, organisation and dissemination of new knowledge 
  • Search for, critically evaluate, contextualise and use information in diverse formats and locations 
  • Develop leadership and management strategies to advocate for and promote ethical and effective evidence-based information solutions within communities and organisations, for open, equitable access to information.

Career opportunities

This qualification is ideal if you want to gain specialist skills. Possible career roles include librarian (such as reference, heritage resources, children and teens, digital services etc.), records manager, information manager, and archivist.

Study pathways

You can start your study with the New Zealand Diploma in Library and Information Studies (Level 5).

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


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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