Illinois Librarian Certification Guide - 2022

Librarian Certification Guide for the state of Illinois

Last Reviewed: November 18th, 2021

Certification is a career gatekeeping process that oftentimes benefits both the community in which the certified professional work as well as the professional themself. 

For librarians, the community and library patrons all benefit due to the standardization of highly skilled library staff and the librarian benefits by greater pay and benefits due to the subsequent reduction in qualified job applicants. 

In Illinois, school librarians are the only librarian specialty currently required to hold certification. However, most every librarian specialty requires a masters degree in Library and Information Science as an entry-level prerequisite. Find all Library and Information Science degree programs in Illinois.

Illinois Library Staff Licensing Pathways