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


Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Wayne State University (WSU) is a public university established in 1868. WSU is located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. The School of Library and Information Science offers graduate degrees as well as post graduate certificates, making it a master’s-only program. Almost 100% of students are enrolled in degree seeking programs which can be obtained with traditional on-campus learning or fully online. Wayne States MLIS online degree is one of the few offered in the United States. 


Catholic University of America

Washington, DC


Dominican University

River Forest, IL


Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA

Established as a public university in 1860, Louisiana State University (LSU), Louisiana states flagship university is located on more than 2,000 urban acres of land just south of downtown Baton Rouge. The School of Library and Information Science located with the College of Human Sciences and Education offers specializations that include Archives, Information Management, and Library. Graduate students may pursue a Master of Library and Information Science.


University of Hawaii--Manoa

Honolulu, HI


Pratt Institute

New York, NY


University at Albany--SUNY

Albany, NY


San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

The oldest public institution for higher education on the west coast of the United States, San Jose State University (SJSU), located in San Jose, California, was established in 1857. The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) offers graduate programs that include Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). San Jose State Universities School of Library and Information science has been awarding graduate degrees to students for more than 55 years.


University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ


University of Denver

Denver, CO


University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA


University of Missouri

Columbia, MO


Texas Woman’s University

Denton, TX


LIU Post (Palmer)

Brookville, NY


University at Buffalo--SUNY

Buffalo, NY


CUNY--Queens College

Queens, NY


North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC


Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Clarion, PA


St. John’s University

Queens, NY


Emporia State University

Emporia, KS


Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, CT


St. Catherine University

St. Paul, MN


University of Puerto Rico

San Juan, PR


University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI


University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS