The Board grants Certificates of Librarianship to applicants based on work experience, education level, or reciprocity with certification in another state, as set forth in statute and regulation, (MGL c.78 s.22-31; 605 CMR 3.01-3.06).

A Professional Certificate is granted to applicants with a graduate degree in library science. A Subprofessional Certificate is granted to applicants with the requisite work experience.

All public library directors in Massachusetts are required to obtain a Certificate of Librarianship as a prerequisite for municipalities to receive State Aid to Public Libraries.

Certification of Librarians Fact Sheet

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Page last updated on 01/11/2011