In order to help Montana libraries provide the highest quality of service to patrons, the Montana State Library offers a certification program and a variety of continuing education and training opportunities for Montana librarians, library staff, and trustees.

Montana Library Certification Program

The  Montana Library Certification Program was established to promote continuing education and to recognize librarians and trustees who continue to expand their knowledge and skills to provide improved services for patrons and communities. Public library directors must be certified in order for the library to meet the current standards and receive state aid. Certification is voluntary for all other librarians and trustees.

NOTE: Beginning July 2022, public library standards require trustees have three hours of continuing education each year.  This can be accomplished in a variety of ways but should include a quorum of the Board for each continuing education opportunity.  This standard does not require tracking of continuing education credits for certification.

Check the ASPeN Events calendar and the On-Demand Continuing Education regularly for new and upcoming opportunities.


MSL Certification Manuals

Current Manual

2009 MSL CE Manual Cover
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 Archived Manuals

 Visit the Internet Archive for more MSL Publications from the past!