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Library and Information Technician

Available: Fall

Program Description

Program curriculum is based on the Guidelines for the Education of Library Technicians produced by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations and changes continuously to reflect the latest developments in the working world. As a result, a great deal of the students’ time is spent using computers and software specific to the library and information industry. This allows the program to focus on practical and experience-based learning, whether students are in class, working independently on assignments or on field placements.

This program is also offered in an accelerated format for students with previous postsecondary education and the ability to learn in a rapid, condensed format.

Field Placements

There are two three-week field placements in special libraries, public libraries and/or in school or academic libraries. The program assigns placements with input from the student. A police check is required for many libraries. 

Required Keyboarding Speeds

  • 30 w.p.m. (net) for first field placement
  • 35 w.p.m. (net) for graduation.



4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

Your Career

Graduates of this long running Seneca program pursue careers in libraries.  The libraries where a grad may work are diverse in nature, ranging from those in businesses, hospitals and law firms to school, college and university libraries, and public libraries.  Bringing together people, information and materials, library technicians meet the challenges of a constantly changing information environment. To do this, they use the latest technologies to organize and retrieve information, and, along with librarians, they are the mainstay of libraries. They like assisting people, performing multiple activities, working with minimal supervision or in a team and are adaptable to change.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Canadian Federation of Library Associations
  • Ontario Association of Library Technicians/Association des Bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario
  • Ontario Library Association
  • Special Libraries Association

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills.

Program Costs


Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Deborah Kay 416.491.5050 ext. 22744

Program Chair

Wanda Forsythe 416.491.5050 ext. 22745

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network