Library & Information Studies (BA)

Programme Overview

The department exists 'to provide the highest standard of  teaching and research to produce information professional, well equipped to facec the challenges of the dynamic information environment and to provide leadership in managing the information needs of the Caribbean for the 21st century and beyond."

Programme Objectives

The aim of this programme is to produce graduates capable of administering various types of library and information units in the modern information society. The courses equip students with theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that can be applied in the management of public, special and academic libraries as well as other types of libraries information units and agencies.  

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the Library and Information Studies programme applicants must have Five (5) subjects at CXC/CSEC (grades 1-3, including English Language and Mathematics) and Two (2) of which must be at A-Level/CAPE.

Applicants may be subject to an admission interview.

Programme Structure

Full-time students will take three (3) years to complete all requirements for the BA in Library and Information Studies. 

Part-time students will take four (4) to five (5) years to complete the programme based on the number of courses they do per semester.

In pursuing the B.A. in Library and Information Studies all students must do at least 48 credits in Library and Information Studies comprising:


Year I / Level 1:          15 Credits:       LIBS1001, LIBS1002, LIBS 1201, LIBS1202, LIBS1501

Year II/ Level 2:          21 Credits:       LIBS2101, LIBS2102, LIBS2201, LIBS2301, LIBS2501, LIBS2701, LIBS2801*

Year III/ Level 3:         At least 12 credits – Three of which must come from one of the Resources courses (LIBS3206 or LIBS3207), three from an Administration course (LIBS3005 or LIBS3006) and three from LIBS3901.

An additional three credits can be taken from LIBS3501, LIBS3701, LIBS3801 or LIBS3604.

*This is the internship course which you would do during the summer. Students need to register online for this course in semester one, two and the summer session of placement.


Foreign Language Requirement

All students are required to take and pass as part of the B.A. degree programme, a preliminary one semester foreign language course.


The following are exempt – a native speaker of any of the foreign languages offered; students who have at least a foreign language pass in the CAPE Functional, CSEC General (1, 2 or 3) or O’Levels.

Careers after Graduation

-Information Architect

-Consultant/ Analyst

-Legal Information Officer

-Political Researcher

-Intellectual Property Advisor 

-Literacy Coordinator