Public Librarian Certification



The NC Public Librarian Certification Commission was formed in 1936 to set minimum standards for public librarians to protect and maintain public library resources, to assure professional management and administration of library services, to meet the personnel requirements for State Aid administered by the State Library of NC, and to guarantee the best possible public library service to all North Carolinians.



The application is available online. A confirmation email will be sent in response to online submissions.

Note: Scanned and emailed transcripts from the applicant are not considered “official” for the purposes of NC Public Librarian Certification. Please have hardcopy or electronic transcripts sent directly from your university, or mail us an original, hardcopy version.

Individuals who have served in the military and/or their spouses may wish to review General Statute 93B-15.1.

Submit completed application and official transcripts to:
Public Librarian Certification Commission
c/o Library Development Section
State Library of North Carolina
4640 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4640




07 NCAC 02J .0101 Purpose of the Commission

  1. The North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission sets minimum standards for certification for public librarians to accomplish the following purposes:
    1. Guarantee the best possible public library service for all North Carolinians;
    2. Protect and maintain public library resources;
    3. Assure professional management and administration of library programs; and
    4. Provide certified professionals to meet the Department of Cultural Resources' personnel requirements for State and other aid administered by the State Library of North Carolina.
  2. The Commission shall review applications and certify those librarians who meet the certification requirements enumerated in Rule .0102 of this Section.

07 NCAC 02J .0102 Full Certification

  1. The North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission shall issue public librarian certificates to applicants who have received graduate degrees in library and information science from programs accredited by the American Library Association or from regionally-accredited programs of higher education in North Carolina.
  2. Coursework must include the following core courses:
    1. cataloging,
    2. reference,
    3. collection development, and
    4. library management.
  3. Courses specifically designed for school, media center, academic, or special librarianship, must reflect general principles of librarianship.

07 NCAC 02J .0103 Application Procedure for Public Librarian Certification

Applicants shall send a completed application form for public librarian certification, accompanied by an official transcript which contains the date of conferral of the degree, to the Library Development Section of the State Library of North Carolina.

NCGS 93B-15.1b Additional Factors for Consideration in Application Process
Please provide:

-If you are Certified as a public librarian in another jurisdiction, we will need a photo copy of the certification.
-Employment information to determine whether you have worked in a public library for 2 of the last 5 years, including employer contact information.
-A copy of your US Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card as proof of your status as a military spouse.

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