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Library Information Technology

Open for Fall 2020

Waitlisted for Fall 2020 (International)

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Organize, manage and access information as a library technician, information specialist or records management technician through this extensive program covering cataloguing, classification, public relations, web design and more.
(Also available part time through Continuing Education.)

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $4,944
Year 2: $4,756
Year 1 (International): $16,061
Year 2 (International): $15,354

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

Program Details

Program Description

Information resourcing is a high-tech adventure and a sought after skill. Various industries need employees with people skills to organize, access and manage the expanding volume of information in today’s world. LIT students gain proficiency in every area of library operations, from database searching, library network technology, cataloguing and classification to public relations, web design and records management. The two-year LIT diploma is offered at SAIT as a day-time diploma program. Students can also begin this diploma by completing Continuing education courses.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as a library technician/assistant, information specialist, research assistant/analyst, and records management technician. This program also prepares graduates for numerous career opportunities in public and school libraries, as well as specialty libraries in areas of petroleum, law, medicine, geology, social services, government, or in related organizations such as records information centres, library wholesalers, software companies and bookstores.

  • Graduates of the Library Information Technology program have a 95% employment rate.

Student Success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT's programs.

Credentials and accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Library Information Technology.


There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for more information.


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of New Brunswick, Saint John
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.

Admission Requirements

At least 60% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents,
  • Two of the following Grade 12 subjects: Math, Science, Social Science, Accounting, Law or a second language.
  • LIBR-200 (Introduction to Libraries) may be substituted for one of the two Grade 12 subjects. This course is available through distance education.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Library Information Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.


Program Outline

View additional Library Information Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMN-220 Communication to Presentation Skills 3.0
COMP-220 Computer Fundamentals 3.0
LIBR-200 Introduction to Libraries 1.5
LIBR-202 Bibliographic Description and Access I 3.0
LIBR-235 Library Information Services I 3.0
LIBR-297 Library Operations 3.0
Semester 1 Total 16.5


Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-352 Communicating in the Workplace 1.5
LIBR-251 Integrated Library Technology 3.0
LIBR-252 Bibliographic Description and Access II 3.0
LIBR-335 Library Information Services II 3.0
MGMT-244 Fundamentals of Information and Records Management 3.0
MKTG-360 Library Marketing 1.5
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 31.5

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
DATA-375 Online Database Searching 3.0
LIBR-302 Bibliographic Description and Access III 3.0
LIBR-305 Library Technology Customer Service 3.0
LIBR-320 Design Web Tools for Libraries 3.0
PRAC-320 Practicum Preparation 1.5
Semester 3 Total 13.5


Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
LIBR-323 Managing Digital Content 3.0
MGMT-215 Advanced Information and Records Management 3.0
MMGT-350 Information Management Administration 3.0
PRAC-392 Library Practicum 3.0
Semester 4 Total 12.0



Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ENGL-322 Contemporary World Literature 1.5
LIBR-260 Collection Development for Adults 1.5
LIBR-310 Special Libraries 1.5
LIBR-315 Services Children/Young Adults 1.5
LIBR-330 Storytelling 1.5
LIBR-340 Specialized Terminology 1.5
LIBR-349 Library and Information Technology Project I 1.5
LIBR-351 Public Libraries 1.5
LIBR-399 Library and Information Technology Project II 1.5
Electives 4.5
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 61.5
Students are required to complete three library electives (totalling 4.5 credits) in the Second Year. Not all courses are necessarily taught in a given year.


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course.
requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $3,960 $462 $288 $235 $4,944
2 $3,771 $462 $288 $235 $4,756

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $14,851 $462 $288 $460 $16,061
2 $14,144 $462 $288 $460 $15,354


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here.

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out and adding dependants.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $2,000.
  • LIT Distance courses are priced from approximately $399 to $601, plus textbooks and handling charges.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.


School of Information and Communications Technologies

Inspiring Stories

Sara has always admired the librarians in her community. She hopes to work with elementary school children in order to foster their love of reading. 

Being able to connect with people who have similar interests was a highlight for Jaylyn during her time as a Library Information Technology student. She hopes to work with children in a library or museum environment going forward. 

"This program provides an overall foundation in not just catalogue and records management, but highly transferrable skills such as communication and critical thinking," says Hayley, who appreciated the practical, hands-on learning.

Paulette was drawn to study at SAIT because it offered an option for distance learning - something key to Paulette who wanted to keep working and raising her family while studying to get ahead in her library career.

Sara Witt
Library Information Technology | 2018

"There's more than one type of library," she says. "I went in here knowing very little and it opened my mind to so much more." 

Jaylyn Hewitt
Library Information Technology | 2018

"I love books and organization and it was just a good program fit for me," she says.

Hayley Ferguson
Library Information Technology | 2017

"It applies to different career fields. You have so many options with this program."

Paulette Pelland
Library Information Technology | 2017

"Libraries today are not just books but computers and online databases. I've got good skills for the 21st century now."

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