University of Madras, Chennai

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Department of Library & Information Science


The origin of Library and Information Science education in the University of Madras starts with the Summer School by Dr.S.R.Ranganathan, the then librarian of the University in the year 1929 under the auspices of Madras Library Association. This led to the introduction of Certificate Course in Library Science by the University in 1931. In 1937, the Certificate Course was converted into Diploma Course. Dr.S.R.Ranganathan donated a Lac of rupees in the year 1957 (University’s Centenary Year) for establishing a teaching Department in the University. The Sarada Ranganathan Chair in Library Science in 1959, which was the first Professorship in Library Science in the British Commonwealth. Department of Library Science was established in 1960.

Courses Offered :

=> M.Sc. Library and Information Science
=> Ph.D Library and Information Science


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