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.

ILS offers an affordable residential program in a safe and stimulating environment for the student who wants classroom instruction, small classes, an abundance of on-campus professional employment and mentorship opportunities, highly published faculty, and all of this in a research intensive school and university.

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 ILS Department offers a range of master level and doctoral scholarships. The largest master's level packages cover full tuition for up to two years with a value of up to $51,606 for top candidates. Master’s level students who have completed applications and submitted supporting materials by the January 1 deadline will be first considered, but some awards may be available for later applicants, as well. Almost all master's level students also work off-campus and on-campus at IU’s rich array of library, documentation, and information centers, which provide not only income, but valuable work experience, professional mentorship, and professional connections for students.


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