Department of Library & Information Science
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Department of Library & Information Science

Department of Library & Information Science

Committed to the development of Library and Information Science (LIS) as an academic discipline and vocational practice.

Our next open evening will be on Wednesday June 14th 2017.

About the Department

Our activities build on a longstanding tradition of teaching and research within the field of library & information science, which has its origins in the work of Jason Farradane, who established the Centre for Information Science at City in 1961.

Nearly 60 years later we are still leaders in the field, and we have developed a wider focus to encompass the whole of the collection sciences that support information communication and documentation in the 21st century.

Although we are witnessing continuous evolution in the way documents are created, disseminated, collected, managed, organised, preserved, understood and used, the fundamental tenets of library & information science remain essential to enabling recorded knowledge, which itself underpins civilisation.

The Department provides a home for research within the Centre for Information Science, and for our international London Library School. We are known, affectionately, as CityLIS.

Our thriving community of academics, researchers, masters students and alumni maintains excellent relationships with colleagues from a wide range of related disciplines, with our professional body CILIP, with the professional sector, and with the broader community beyond academia.

We embrace and encourage a symbiotic exchange of knowledge between research and practice, so that we can improve access to and understanding of information in all formats, at all levels and for all sectors of society.

We benefit enormously from our London location, with ready access to a wealth of collections, exhibitions and colleagues, which inspires innovation and creative thinking. We welcome international students, research collaboration and visitors, as we work to facilitate a global understanding of information communication and use.

Connect with CityLIS

CityLIS blog

@CityLIS on Twitter

CityLIS Collection on Humanities Commons

Library School

Our well known, highly regarded Library School offers postgraduate courses in Library Science and Information Science. Both courses are accredited by our professional body, (CILIP), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

We also offer a research programme, supervising students to doctoral level (MPhil/PhD).

For all course enquiries please contact Rita Kaur:
t: +44 (0)20 7040 3630

For academic enquiries please contact Dr Lyn Robinson:


The Centre for Information Science provides a focus for research and scholarship within the field of library & information science.

Research in library & information science at City, University of London has been rated excellent in all the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE)'s research assessment exercises. All of our staff members are research active with extensive publication records and a high level of engagement with social media. We have a vibrant cohort of research students, all of whom are encouraged to embrace digital scholarship and to contribute to and participate in wider Departmental activities.


Here is a list of some of the academic staff who work in the department of Library & Information Science. You can find out more about each member of staff, including their latest publications and their contact details by following the links below.

News, events and recent research

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City, University of London

Northampton Square

London EC1V 0HB

United Kingdom

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City, University of London is an independent member institution of the University of London. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University of London consists of 18 independent member institutions with outstanding global reputations and several prestigious central academic bodies and activities.