Best Library Science Programs & Colleges in the United States

Library and information studies (LIS) is sometimes called library and information sciences. A graduate school of library and information studies provides advanced education in specialized fields such as public librarianship, research librarianship and school librarianship. You can learn about the top library and information studies programs here at U.S. News University Directory.

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Library and Information Studies Programs Ranked in 2013


#1

University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois was established as a public institution in 1867 in the Urbana-Champaign metro area of Illinois. The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) was founded in 1893 and is a charter member of the iSchools Project, focusing on the relationship between: information, technology, and people making GSLIS is one of the top schools for library and information studies in the country.


#2

University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill was chartered in 1789 and opened as a public university in 1795. Although UNC offered library education earlier, the School of Information and Library Science opened in the fall of 1931. Throughout the life of its programs, the school has trained over 4,500 librarians and information specialists and is considered one of the premiere universities to attend for library and information studies.


#3

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

University of Washington (UW) was established as a public University in 1861 in Seattle, Washington, and is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast of the United States. The Information School, also known as the iSchool, has an estimated 800 students and offers MLIS, MSIM, and PhD programs to its graduate students. By conducting research that responds to real-world challenges the iSchool at UW has kept its image as a renowned program in Library and Information Studies 


#4

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University was founded as a public university in 1870 in Central New York. The School of Information Studies offers full-time, part-time, traditional on campus learning, and distance learning based formats in about 5 graduate degree programs. With the Motto, "The Original School for the Information Age" the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University lives up to it claim by continuing to be a top school in library and information studies.


#4

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan (UM) was established in 1817 as a public research university and is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1928 The School of Information was the third in the nation to receive accreditation by the American Library Association. In 1996 The School of Information developed a new mission to “prepare socially engaged information professionals, and to create people-centered knowledge, systems and institutions for the Information Age.”


#6

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey--New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers, Graduate School at New Brunswick (GSNB) was established in 1952. The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) offers two master degree programs in communication and information studies as well as library and information sciences. SC&I  gives graduate students the opportunity to conduct research within seven different centers and institutes  and participate in 18 different student organizations, making Rutgers School of Communications and Information a top school for library and information studies.


#6

University of Texas--Austin

Austin, TX

The University of Texas (UT) was founded in 1883 as a public research-intensive state university in Austin, Texas. The School of Information at UT has several areas of graduate study including dual degrees and specialized degrees taken on campus or through distance learning education. Focusing on interaction, organization, and curation, around 95% of students are professional employed within 12 months of graduation.


#8

Indiana University--Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) is a public research university founded in 1820 and located in Bloomington, Indiana. The School of Library and Information Science offers three graduate level degrees in: MIS, MLS and PhD in Information Science. By combining respect for tradition with a passion for experimentation the School of Library and Information Science has become known as a prestigious institution for Library and Information studies.


#9

Simmons College

Boston, MA

Simmons College, located in Boston, Massachusetts is a private four year institution that was established in 1899. The Graduate School of Library and Information Science is known in the community as GSLIS. GSLIS offers about 10 graduate study programs specialties between its master’s and doctoral degrees. By following the Simmons tradition in “placing students first,” GSLIS has continued to be a top ranked university for library and information studies.


#10

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA


#10

University of Maryland--College Park

College Park, MD

University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is a public research university established in 1856. UMCP is located in College Park, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. The College of Information Studies was founded in the fall of 1965. The iSchool offers graduate study programs in four specialty areas. With its vision of transforming “the way individuals, organizations, and communities connect with information,” UMCP’s iSchool remains a top school of library and information studies.


#10

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh was established in 1787. Today, the university is located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, is a public institution and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). For more than 100 years, the School of Information Sciences has been educating librarians, information managers, digital content managers and more in one of its three graduate degree areas for study.  


#13

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University (FSU) is a public university established in 1851. The School of Library and Information Studies, Florida’s iSchool, within the College of Communication and Information at FSU offers over five graduate degree programs and has two graduate organizations for students to join. Florida’s iSchool also has three research centers and institutes helping make it a top ranked school in library and information studies.


#14

University of California--Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

The University of California was established in 1882 as a public research university.  The Los Angeles campus was founded in 1919 and is the second-oldest of the University of California system. The first professional school at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Today the department of Information Studies (IS) offers graduate students three degree programs with over 5 specializations in the field of library and information studies.


#15

University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

Founded in 1965, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a public research university located in the Milwaukee metropolitan area.  The School of Information Studies offers two MLIS degrees and four PhD programs. Home to four research centers that include the Social Studies of Information Research Group and (SSIRG) and the Center for Information Policy Research, the School of Information Studies at UWM is considered a top school in Wisconsin.


#16

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin-Madison was founded in 1848 as a public institution.  The School of Library & Information Studies comprises a community of more than 225 faculty, staff and students. The school is also home for the Center for the History of Print Culture. The School of Library and Information Studies is highly regarded and prides itself on educating professionals to share the power of information.


#17

University of Tennessee--Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

Founded in 1794, University of Tennessee-Knoxville is a public institution. The College of Communication and Information is one of 11 colleges on the Knoxville campus and is home to the School of Information Sciences (SIS) as well as three other schools. Giving students the opportunity to conduct collaborative research with employers such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, the School of Information Sciences has continued to be a top institution for library and information studies.


#18

Kent State University

Kent, OH

A public institution founded in 1910, Kent State University is located in Kent, Ohio. It’s School of Library and Information Science is located within the College of Communication and Information. The School of Information Science offers three graduate degrees which include a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master of Science Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) and a Ph. D. in Communication and Information.


#18

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Founded in 1831, University of Alabama (UA) is a public institution and the flagship campus of the University of Alabama system.  UA, located in the heart of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is the only public university in the state which offers a library and information studies program.  The School of Library and Information Studies is part of the College of Communication and Information Sciences that makes up around 10% of all student enrollments.


#18

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

The University of South Carolina (USC) was founded in 1801 as a public university.  USC is located in Columbia, South Carolina and is known for having a horseshoe shaped campus. The School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) is a part of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies.


#21

University of North Texas

Denton, TX

Established in 1890, the University of North Texas (UNT) is a public research university residing on 875 suburban acres in Denton, Texas. The College of Information has three research centers for its two academic departments which include the department of Learning Technologies and the department of Library and Information Studies. The College of Information is ALA accredited.


#22

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY


#22

University of North Carolina--Greensboro

Greensboro, NC


#24

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

A public research university founded in 1890, University of Oklahoma (OU) is located in Norman, Oklahoma. The School of Library and Information Studies within the College of Arts and Science was founded in 1929 by Jesse Lee Rader. Graduate students may obtain a Master of Library and Information Studies degree through a variety of options that include campus, online and mixed scheduling coursework.


#24

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL