Department of Information & Library Science

Welcome from ILS

We are an accredited and top ranked programs, #9 in the most recent US News and World Report. We have been around for more than a half century and have graduated almost 8,000 students in that time. Our alumni are to be found all across the United States and worldwide, holding various leadership positions.

Information and Library Science at IU SICE

We offer master's degrees in both library science and information science, not to mention an unmatched array of dual/joint degree programs, unique specializations (tracks), and certificates. Whether your interest is in rare books or data science, archives or digital libraries, public or academic libraries, organizational and social informatics or information architecture, text mining or information visualization, this is the place for you. We also offer a Ph.D. in information science.


The Department of Information and Library Science has a special role in the Information Age. The department focuses on the creation and management of, and access to documents, data, and other types of information, and the study of such in overlapping information, communication, and media ecologies. We study the socio-technical means through which people, information, and technologies are joined in social, cultural, and organizational contexts.


The Department of Information and Library Science prepares socially responsible graduates for fulfilling careers characterized by ethical practice, professional values, analytical skill, critical thinking, leadership, and lifelong learning. The Department is committed to excellence and innovation in the education of librarians and other information professionals, the creation of knowledge, and service and understanding in a diverse and changing global information environment.


To accomplish this mission, the Department’s goals are:

  • To contribute knowledge and advance theory by working from cognitive, social, behavioral, cultural, philosophical, and technological perspectives; fostering interdisciplinary collaboration; and cultivating an appreciation for the role of information in society;
  • To serve our students, our state and local constituencies, society, and the library and information science profession; and
  • To model a climate of intellectual engagement, openness, integrity, diversity, and respect within the department.

View our 2017 Strategic Plan for specific objectives. We also conduct a yearly program assessment to evaluate our progress towards these goals and objectives.


The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering is a community of diverse faculty, students, and staff from a wide range of cultures, nationalities, races, and social backgrounds. We are committed to maintaining an environment of inclusiveness and respect.

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Contact us with Questions:
Department of Information and Library Science
School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
Indiana University
700 N. Woodlawn Ave., Luddy Hall, suite 2999C
Bloomington, IN 47408
(812) 855-2018
Tollfree: (888) 335-7547