About

For more than 80 years, we’ve been there. Inspiring learners. Producing Leaders. Shaping the world of library and information science so that individuals and families everywhere get the most out of their library experience. At the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), ours is a higher standard. A standard founded on rigorous programming, exceptional and personalized instruction, and a deep understanding and appreciation for the needs of working professionals when it comes to graduate education.

Our History

Dominican’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science has long been a presence on Chicago’s higher education landscape, first offering library science programs in the 1930s. We began offering an undergraduate library science degree in 1930 and introduced the master's in library science in 1949. The school works to stay ahead of trends, expanding its library science graduate programs to encompass the modern breadth of library and information science. In addition to the MLIS, Dominican offers a PhD in Library and Information Science, a Master of Professional Studies degree for MLIS holders working in the field and a variety of professional certificates in in-demand specializations.

But even with all the changes we’ve seen since then, our values and mission remain the same—to educate true innovators and library leaders who can have a positive impact on their library or institution every day.

Our Programs

With the only American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science in Chicago, as well as the Master of Professional Studies, Doctor of Philosophy, dual degree, and certificate programs, we offer an array of opportunities for professionals looking to expand their knowledge and advance their careers.

Our Faculty

Our faculty come from across the country and around the world, bringing with them a wealth of real-world experience and visionary approaches to advancing the field. They are passionate educators who thrive in Dominican’s setting, where personal attention and individualized mentorship are the primary focus.

Our Legacy

In libraries, museums, schools, research labs, Fortune 500 companies, and many other professional settings across the country, you’ll find Dominican GSLIS graduates achieving great things. Their knowledge, their talents, and their leadership impact countless lives every day.