Since 2013 California Rare Book School (CalRBS) has offered a Professional Certificate of Completion in Rare Books and Manuscripts. This is awarded after completion of five courses in CalRBS and/or the Department of Information Studies at UCLA/GSEIS in areas related to the historical knowledge and/or professional management of rare books and special collections. The certificate is conceived of as a professional certificate, and is not an academic degree from UCLA.

To receive this certificate, CalRBS and/or Information Studies students are required to take Descriptive Bibliography, a History of the Book course, a Preservation course, and two additional electives. For example, these electives might be Rare Book Cataloguing, Artists’ Books, History of Typography, and/or Special Collections Librarianship: History, Theory, and Practice.

Completion of the five courses, usually within a 5-6 year period, is the only requirement for the Certificate. The certificate program is subject to the oversight of an Information Studies faculty committee, and this committee reviews applications for the Certificate.

To apply for the Professional Certificate of Completion in Rare Books and Manuscripts, please fill out the application below, and submit it through one of the following options:

Email (preferred): calrbs [at]
Fax: 310-206-4460
California Rare Book School
254 GSEIS Building Box 951520
300 Charles E. Young Drive North
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520

Professional Certificate Application