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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.

The 2017 Certification Manual  

Basics of Kentucky Public Library Certification (Revised for 2017)
Recorded on 10/26/2017. Slides (PDF)

Certification Applications and Forms

Frequently Asked Questions About Librarian Certification

Types and Requirements for Certification

Annual Summation Schedule -- Due Date, by Region

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.
The next meeting of the State Board
for the Certification of Librarians --

  • Tuesday, September 11th  from 12:30-1:30

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