A one year Masters of Arts (MA) course in library science was formulated at the University of Dhaka in 1962, for students who had completed the PGD. Beginning in 1962-63 with the services of distinguished America, British and Bangladeshi librarians, the MA course started on a more extensive scale. The session of 1964-65 was a landmark in the development of library education in Bangladesh. In this session, programs and courses were recognized as a full-fledged “Department of Library Science” under the Faculty of Arts. This was the first time a university in Bangladesh established a department for Library Education.
Third decade: 1971 – 1980
In 1974-75, the University of Dhaka approved a two year Master of Philosophy (Mphil) program, beginning with the 1974-76 session. At the end of pf 1975-76, the University of Dhaka endorsed a two-year MA course, called a “Master of Art in Library Science.” The first year was designated MA Preliminary and the second MA Final. At the same time, the PGD course continued and the successful students of PGD course could be admitted to the 2nd year MA course. A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in library science was approved by the same university beginning in 1978-79.
Forth decade: 1981 – 1990
During 1987-88, a three year Bachelor of Arts (BA) with honours in library and information science began at the University of Dhaka. The department was re-named “Library and Information Science,” to keep pace with the changes in information technology. The university suspended the PGD course and requested that the LAB lunch that course beginning in 1989-90.
Fifth decade: 1991 – 2000
Library and information science was introduced as a subsidiary subject in degree (pass) and honours level for affiliated colleges beginning in 1991-92. The university started the two-year MA course in 1994-95. The one-year MA course was restricted to library and information science graduate students. In 1997-98, to align itself with the western education system, the university initiated a four-year BA (honours) course in information science and library management to replace the three-year BA. In 1999-2000 the four year BA was declared the professional degree, to take effect in 1997-98.
The University of Rajshahi (est. 1953), in the northwest region of the country, started a one year PGD course in library science beginning with 1991-92. The university added a three-year Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) with honours in Library and Information Science from 1992-93 under the Faculty of social Science and established the full-fledged Department of Library and Information Science in that same session. In 1995-96 a one-year Master of Social Science (MSS) course was introduced for its own Library Science Graduate only. After that, the bachelor program was converted into a four year course beginning with 19097-98.
National University (est. 1992) began to offer 400 marks in library and information science as an optional subject in the BA (pass) degree beginning in 1998-99. Three different colleges under the National University will offer that program before the end of this decade.
Sixth decade: 2001 – 2010
From 2001-02, the department of University of Dhaka had the new name “Information Science & Library Management”. From the same session, The University of Rajshahi did away with the PGD course. The National University introduced a two year MA course in Library and Information science in 2003-04. From 2006-2007, the University is also offering a four-year BA (honours) course in the same subject. The Lalmatia Girl’s college has taken the opportunity to start both the MA and BA (honours) courses under the National University. The University of Dhaka started a two year MA (evening) course in 2004-05. From 2006-07, the University of Dhaka introduced a semester system for the BA (honours) course. The University of Rajshahi introduced Mphil and PhD courses for library science graduates from 2006-07. In July 2007, the University of Rajshahi re-named the Department of Library and Information Science “Information Science and Library Management.”
Seventh decade: 2011 – present
In 2011-2012 session the Department of Information Science & Library Management got a huge amount of fund (nearly 125,00,000) from World Bank under Higher Education Quality Enhancement project (HEQEP) project. By this money this dept. introduced a new research laboratory namely as “Digital Library Open Laboratory” (DLOL) for the purpose of exhilarate the research work of the students and teacher. In 2014-15 session Department of Information Science & Library Managment introduced two-year evening MA programme.