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2022 Best Library Science Schools

53 Colleges in the United States
5,894 Library Science Degrees Awarded
$41,658 Avg Early-Career Salary
Library Science degree programs are on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of popularity. In fact, the major ranks #35 out of the 38 majors we look at each year. This may make is a little harder to find a school that is a good fit for you.

In 2022, College Factual analyzed 53 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Library Science Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 5,894 degrees in library science to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Library Science School

Best Library Science Schools The library science program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Library Science rankings. We derive our Best Overall Library Science School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Library Science Degree Level

The library science school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Library Science Schools. If you'd like to restrict your choices to just one part of the country, you can filter this list by location.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

If you want to learn more about how we derive our rankings, see College Factual's Methodology.

Best Schools for Library Science in the United States

If you aren't interested in a particular degree level and want to know which schools are the overall best at delivering an education for the library science degrees they offer, see the list below.

10 Top Schools in Library Science

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
51 Library Science Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in library science needs to check out The University of Arizona Global Campus. UAGC is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the large city of San Diego. This university ranks 101st out of 203 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 51 library science students who graduated with this degree at UAGC in the most recent data year. After graduation, library science degree recipients usually earn around $23,400 in the first five years of their career.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
54 Library Science Degrees Awarded

University of California - Los Angeles is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in library science. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #46 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were approximately 54 library science students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the library science program at University of California - Los Angeles make $2,742 above the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
86 Library Science Degrees Awarded

University of Maryland - College Park is a good decision for students interested in a degree in library science. UMCP is a very large public university located in the suburb of College Park. A Best Schools rank of #74 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UMCP is a great university overall.

There were approximately 86 library science students who graduated with this degree at UMCP in the most recent data year. Library Science degree recipients from University of Maryland - College Park earn a boost of around $6,642 above the average earnings of library science majors.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
56 Library Science Degrees Awarded

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a degree in library science. UNC Chapel Hill is a very large public university located in the city of Chapel Hill. A Best Schools rank of #63 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UNC Chapel Hill is a great university overall.

There were about 56 library science students who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their degree from the library science program report average early career wages of $41,200.

More information about a degree in library science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
184 Library Science Degrees Awarded

Rutgers New Brunswick is a fairly large public university located in the city of New Brunswick. A Best Schools rank of #153 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Rutgers New Brunswick is a great university overall.

There were approximately 184 library science students who graduated with this degree at Rutgers New Brunswick in the most recent year we have data available. Library Science degree recipients from Rutgers University - New Brunswick receive an earnings boost of approximately $4,542 above the average income of library science majors.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
45 Library Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Denver, CU Anschutz is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 39 schools for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

There were roughly 45 library science students who graduated with this degree at CU Anschutz in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the library science degree program at University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus make $18,342 above the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#7

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
130 Library Science Degrees Awarded

Syracuse is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse. A Best Schools rank of #122 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Syracuse is a great university overall.

There were roughly 130 library science students who graduated with this degree at Syracuse in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the library science program make about $42,900 in the first couple years of working.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
40 Library Science Degrees Awarded

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Schools rank of #33 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were approximately 40 library science students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the library science program at University of Southern California earn $3,642 above the standard college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

More information about a degree in library science from University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
87 Library Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Madison, UW - Madison is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #69 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 87 library science students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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#10

Simmons University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
281 Library Science Degrees Awarded

Simmons is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. A Best Schools rank of #169 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Simmons is a great university overall.

There were about 281 library science students who graduated with this degree at Simmons in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, library science degree recipients typically make about $43,400 at the beginning of their careers.

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Library Science Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Library & Information Science 5,403
Library & Archives Assisting 363
Other Library & Archives Assisting 128

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to John Cummings.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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