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:

Detailed Summary of Certification Requirements (Updated August 2019)

Certification Manual (Updated August 2019)

What application should I use? 

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:

Application for Certification of Public Librarian

What do I include with my application?

Checklist for Submitting Librarian Certification Application (Updated  October 2019)

What library science courses do I need to take to qualify for an LC 4 or an LC 5?


Which LEUs satisfy the administrative LEU requirements for the LC 7?

LC 7 Requirements

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:

Certificate Renewals & Library Education Unit Audits

Accessing Your Record Online (Updated August 2019)

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.

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