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 (revised 4/14)


Continuing Education for Public Librarian Certification

Certification Requirements

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.]

Application Procedure

  • Public Librarian Certification: Complete and send application form Professional Certificate along with your graduate library degree course transcript and 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

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