4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

Program and course delivery

This program is offered in Seneca's hybrid delivery format with some courses available in Seneca's flexible delivery format. Some coursework is online and some must be completed in person. Students will need to come on campus to complete in-person learning requirements. For courses offered in the flexible delivery format, professors use innovative learning spaces and technology to teach students in a classroom or lab and broadcast in real time to students attending remotely. In flexible courses, students have the choice of coming on campus or learning online.

About the Program

This two-year diploma program prepares you to work in various library environments, performing essential day-to-day library operations and working alongside librarians.  Learn to provide materials, information and services to library clients. Become an expert in acquiring, preparing and organizing all types of library materials, using software specific to the library and information industry.

The curriculum is based on the Guidelines produced by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations.

If you already have a postsecondary education and are able to learn in a rapid condensed format, you may be interested in the accelerated version of this program.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Deliver services including circulation, reference, interlibrary loan and programs to library clients
  • Find information from countless sources for clients
  • Acquire, prepare and organize all types of library materials
  • Use software specific to the library and information industry
  • Supervise circulation and acquisitions staff
  • Promote libraries through the development of materials and advocacy in the profession

Work Experience

Field Placement

There are two three-week field placements in special libraries, public libraries and/or in school or academic libraries. The program assigns placements with input from the student. A police check is required for many libraries.  

Your Career

Graduates of the program can explore the following career options:

  • Library technician
  • Circulation technician
  • Reference technician
  • Information assistant
  • E-resources technician
  • Children services technician

Library technicians, as part of the formally educated library profession along with librarians, engage in lifelong learning and are active members of the Ontario Association of Library Technicians, Ontario Library Association and the Special Libraries Association.



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