New York State Public Librarian Certification
Approved by the Board of Regents on September 15, 1950, and most recently amended effective January 8, 2009, the Commissioner of Education defines the requirements for certification of librarians for public, free association, and Indian libraries under Commissioner's Regulation § 90.7.
Frequently Asked Questions: Changes to Commissioner's Regulation § 90.7 regarding public librarian's professional certificates issued as of January 1, 2010 -- updated October 2012
Who is required to be certified?
All permanent, part-time or full-time positions, providing public library information services in New York State as determined by local library policy. [See also Commissioner's Regulation § 90.8: appointment of library personnel.]
- Public Librarian Certification: Complete and send application form Professional
Certificate along with your graduate library degree course transcript and a fee of $5.00.
- Application for Replacement of Public Librarian's Professional Certificate: Complete and send application form Replacement of Professional Certificate along with a fee of $5.00.
- For Conditional Certification: Complete and send application form Conditional Certificate along with credentials as noted above and a fee of $5.00.
Make check payable to: New York State Education Department and mail to the following address:
Public Librarian Certification
The State Education Department
Division of Library Development
Cultural Education Center Room 10B41
Albany, NY 12230
Information on School Media Specialist (Library) Certification:
- Library Media Specialist Certification Requirements; from the Office of Teaching Initiatives, State Education Department