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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.

Certification Board Members

The State Board for the Certification of Librarians (KRS 171.240) is composed of the state librarian and five (5) members appointed by the Governor from a list submitted by the board of directors of the Kentucky Library Association. Two (2) members shall be full-time professional librarians in active public library work, two (2) shall be public library trustees and one (1) shall be a professional librarian from a department or school of library science in a state university. The term of office of each appointive member shall be four (4) years.

Current Certification Board members (PDF)


Certification Manual 2021

Approved Guidelines for Determination of Paraprofessional Level of Certification

2021 Types and Requirements of Certification by Level

Approved Guidelines for Asynchronous Training Courses​​

Asynchronous Course Provider Approval Form

Certification Applications and Forms

Certification FAQ

“All New Certification Rules!” webinar, recorded 2/17/2021:

"Basics of Kentucky Public Library Certification Program” webinar, recorded 10/20/2021:​

Annual Summation Schedule -- Due Date, by Region

Annual Summation Process Overview (PDF)


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.

Board Meeting​

KY State Board for the Certification of Librarians
Next Meeting:​
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
2:00 p.m., ET

Part-Time Certification Program

For information about the voluntary Part-Time Certification Program, please visit: Part-Time Certification Program for Kentucky Public Libraries

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