Certification for Indiana Public Librarians
Who needs to be certified?
Staff working at Indiana public libraries must be certified by the Indiana State Library if they spend at least 50% of their time on professional library work. Professional library work includes cataloging, copy cataloging, reference, collection development, reader’s advisory, and children’s or teen services. Certification requirements apply to all permanent (non-substitute) professional staff, whether they work full-time or part-time. Find more detail about certification requirements for LC 1 through LC 7 here:
There is one Application for Certification. Whether you apply for a temporary permit or a five year certificate, a first application or a renewal, an entry level or an advanced certificate, you will always use this application:
What do I include with my application?
What library science courses do I need to take to qualify for an LC 4 or an LC 5?
How do I maintain my certificate?
If you hold a temporary permit, it expires and must be renewed one year from the date it took effect. If you are fully certified, your certificate expires and must be renewed 5 years after the date it took effect and you are subject to random audits of your compliance with Librarian Education Unit (LEU) requirements. Learn more about these requirements here:
Archived Webinars on Certification:
“Certification Made Simple: Need to Know Info about Librarian Certification”
Recorded on December 20, 2017.
“Certification & Standards, 2017 and Beyond”
Recorded December 15, 2016.
Still have questions about certification? Contact Cheri Harris at: ChHarris@library.IN.gov, 317-234-6217, or toll-free in Indiana 800-451-6028.by