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Certification Program for Kentucky Public Libraries

​The Kentucky State Board for the Certification of Librarians, created by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1938, is required by KRS 171.250 to issue certificates to qualified library staff. Under the terms of KRS 171.260, public libraries in Kentucky are required to be administered and staffed by appropriately certified personnel. The Certification Board believes that library staff must increase their skills and knowledge through continuing education in order to keep abreast of developments in the information age. This, in turn, upgrades the library profession, enriches the individual librarian, and promotes quality library service. Thus, the goals of this certification program are:

  • to improve library service throughout the state;
  • to motivate public librarians to acquire, maintain, and develop their skills through basic and continuing education;
  • to recognize public librarians who, on a continuing basis, update their knowledge and skills in order to provide better library service to their patrons;
  • to improve the public image of librarians and libraries;
  • to provide guidelines for public library boards and supervisors to use in selecting and retaining personnel; and
  • to aid in structuring library educational programs to better meet the educational needs of librarians

The 2010 Certification Manual

Certification Applications and Forms

"Basics of Kentucky Public Library Certification" webinar, (recorded 1/11/2017)

Frequently Asked Questions About Librarian Certification

Types and Requirements for Certification

Annual Summation Schedule -- Due Date, by Region

Certification Board Members

If you have other questions regarding the Kentucky public librarian certification program, contact continuing education staff by email at or by phone at (502) 564-1727.