Create Your Story at The School of Library and Information Studies

At SLIS, we’re developing creative and critical thinkers to lead the way in the fields of library and information. Our award-winning faculty, world renowned distance education program and MFA program in Book Arts have distinguished us as leaders in the field. Ranked in the top 20 programs of our kind in U.S. News, and praised for our initiatives in diversity and inclusion, The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies is setting the standard for library and information studies across the U.S. and around the world.

Whether you’re looking to study on campus or earn your degree by distance, we’re excited to welcome you to the SLIS network.

Our Programs

Choose from one of three master’s program options or the College of Communication and Information Sciences’ interdisciplinary doctoral program.

MFA - Book Arts

UA’s Book Arts program is one of the premier programs in the nation and offered exclusively on our Tuscaloosa campus. You will study the craft and art of printing, publishing, bookbinding, papermaking and the history of the book.

MLIS - Campus

The Master of Library and Information Studies at UA is the only ALA-accredited program in the state of Alabama. Choose your specialization or certificate program and study alongside nationally-recognized faculty on our Tuscaloosa campus. 

MLIS - Online

The online Master of Library and Information Studies degree is custom designed for busy, motivated professionals. Choose between our award-winning, fully online cohort or our regional cohort with campus visits integrated into the curriculum.

Doctoral Program

The C&IS doctoral program overseen by the Office for Graduate Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of mass communication and information sciences. For more information about the C&IS doctoral program, click here.

Financial Assistance

The School of Library and Information Studies is committed to helping qualified and deserving students finance their graduate education. We offer a number of graduate assistantships and scholarships and provide you with the resources necessary to pursue funding from outside sources. Be sure to take a look at the scholarships offered by the College of Continuing Studies if you plan to pursue your graduate education online.

Student Life 

The University of Alabama campus is located on the banks of the Black Warrior River in the growing town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Tuscaloosa’s vibrant downtown area offers a multitude of entertainment options, unique restaurants, historic architecture and well-maintained green space. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, completed in 2011, attracts local, national and international names in music and serves as a gathering place for community events and holiday celebrations. The University of Alabama Graduate School provides resources and support for the 5,000+ graduate students learning on UA’s campus and through online education programs.


We asked students to tell us why they chose SLIS.

“I first considered UA SLIS because I was impressed by the quality of their graduates. Now I know why. The MLIS program is committed to creating leaders to meet the needs of libraries and information users. I have received a world-class education at UA SLIS.

Ron Schwertfeger

SLIS offers forward-looking instruction and a collegial atmosphere where research and professional development are encouraged.

-Anthony Cox