Department of Library & Information Science
  1. Library School
  2. Centre for Information Science
  3. Library & Information Science
    1. Library School
    2. Centre for Information Science
    3. Library & Information Science
Department of Library & Information Science

Department of Library & Information Science

We are an international centre of excellence, committed to the development of library & information science (LIS) as an academic discipline and vocational practice.

About the Department

Our department, known as CityLIS, provides a home for the Centre for Information Science, and for our Library School.

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

Our research examines the historical and contemporary processes of documentation, so that we can understand the factors shaping our evolving information society. We embrace and encourage a symbiotic exchange of knowledge between research and practice. Our work explores and extends the boundaries of library and information science, demonstrating its relevance to new audiences, and to those outside the academy.

The Library School welcomes students from all backgrounds, who have an interest in entering, or progressing within, the information professions. Our teaching emphasises both traditional and digital media, engagement with digital scholarship, and outreach.

We benefit enormously from our London location, with ready access to a wealth of collections, exhibitions and colleagues, which inspires innovation and creative thinking.

Our graduates have a great record of successful careers. The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014/15 found that 91.7% of our MSc Information Science and 88.3% of our MSc Library Science students were in employment or further study six months after completing their course. Take a closer look at the destinations of graduates from the Department of Library and Information Science.

Connect with CityLIS

CityLIS blog

@CityLIS on Twitter

CityLIS Collection on Humanities Commons


Our Library School offers postgraduate courses in Library Science and Information Science. The courses are ideal for anyone wishing to progress their career in library or information work, and for those interested in updating their knowledge and experience of modern information communication.

Both courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) as a qualification for entry into the profession.

The criteria for accreditation of all UK LIS programmes can be found in CILIP’s Professional Knowledge Skills Base scheme (PKSB).

We also offer an MPhil/PhD programme.

For all administrative enquiries please contact:
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 and information science.

Research in library and information science at City, University of London has been given the highest rating in the Higher Education Funding Council's research assessment exercises since 1996, with 77% of our work rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent REF2104.

All of our staff members are research active, and engaged with open practice and digital scholarship. We have a vibrant cohort of research students, spanning our broad range of interests including history and philosophy of LIS, document theory, digital and information ethics, information management, knowledge organisation, the information society, information behaviour, impact and evaluation.

Research Ethics


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.