New York State Library

New York State Public Librarian Certification

In order to ensure timely processing of applications for public librarian certification we strongly recommend that applicants request electronic transcripts (sent by the college/university to If you have already sent a transcript and/or a check, have not received a certificate via e-mail, and need the certificate for a currently pending job or exam, please contact us via e-mail

Apply for a Certificate or Renew a Certificate

New Users:

Register for a ID

Instructions for new users:

When setting up your account, it is recommended that you use an email address that is not likely to change, such as a personal email, rather than a work email.

After registering, please use the Returning Users link to access the Public Librarian Certification online portal.

Returning Users:

Log In with your ID

Instructions for returning users:

If you already have a certificate, after logging in click on Find Your Certificate. You will be asked to provide your certificate number.

If you no longer have a record of your certificate number, you will find a Help box on the Certificate Verification screen which will allow you to request your certificate number. If you are not sure if you have a certificate, please check the certified public librarians search or contact us via email before applying.

Applications for public librarian certification must be submitted online. Checks and official transcripts with degree conferral should be sent to the address below. Checks for $5 should be made out to the New York State Education Department.

Public Librarian Certification
The State Education Department
Division of Library Development
Cultural Education Center, Room 10B41
Albany, NY 12230

Any person appointed to or employed in a permanent (part-time or full-time) professional librarian position in a public, free association or Indian library in New York State must hold an ACTIVE public librarian certificate issued by the New York State Education Department.

Search for Certified Public Librarians in New York State since 1970

Certification Requirements

The Commissioner of Education defines the requirements for certification of public librarians in Commissioner's Regulation §90.7 and the requirements for the employment of library personnel working in public, free association, and Indian Libraries in Commissioner's Regulation §90.8.

Information on Library Media Specialist Certification

Certification Informationexternal link opens in a new window; from the Office of Teaching Initiatives, State Education Department

Last Updated: January 19, 2023