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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


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.


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.


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 


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.


Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA


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.


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.