3 Semesters (12 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

About the Program

This accelerated 12-month version of the Library and Information Technician program prepares you to work in various library environments, performing essential day-to-day library operations and working alongside librarians. Learn to provide materials, information and services to library clients. Become an expert in acquiring, preparing and organizing all types of library materials, using software specific to the library and information industry.

This accelerated program is designed for you, if you already have postsecondary education and are able to learn in a rapid, condensed format for the Summer Semester.

  • May and June – First semester courses
  • July and August – Second semester courses
  • Fall semester - Third semester courses
  • Winter semester – Fourth semester courses

The curriculum is based on the Guidelines produced by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations.

You can also pursue the same diploma in the four semester (two-year) Library and Information Technician program.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Deliver services including circulation, reference, interlibrary loan and programs to library clients

  • Find information from countless sources for clients

  • Acquire, prepare and organize all types of library materials 

  • Use software specific to the library and information industry

  • Supervise circulation and acquisitions staff

  • Promote libraries through the development of materials and advocacy in the profession

Work Experience

Field Placement

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.

Your Career

The libraries where graduates work are diverse in nature, ranging from those in business, hospitals and law firms to school, college and university, and public libraries.  You may also pursue future career options, such as:

  • Library technician
  • Circulation technician
  • Reference technician
  • Information assistant
  • E-resources technician
  • Children services technician

Library technicians, as part of the formally educated library profession along with librarians, engage in lifelong learning and are active members of the Ontario Association of Library Technicians, Ontario Library Association and the Special Libraries Association.