EXCEL Program

EXCEL is a practical, flexible, distance education program that provides an opportunity to upgrade library skills and management techniques. Students can complete individual courses based on interest, or can choose to pursue the EXCEL Certificate in managing a small or medium public library. Courses are offered in English and in French.

Target Audience

EXCEL is specifically designed for public library staff or volunteers who are currently working in a public library and have little or no formal library training. This program is only open to those currently working or volunteering in a public library in the province of Ontario (Canada).

Certificate Requirements

In order to obtain the EXCEL Certificate in managing a small or medium public library, students must successfully complete ten (10) EXCEL courses, including six (6) mandatory courses, within five years.

Mandatory courses:

  • E01 - Introduction to Public Libraries
  • E02 - Library Management or E03 - Supervision (note: students must choose one or the other but cannot take both)
  • E04 - Information Services
  • E06 - Basic Collection Development
  • E17 - Electronic Information Sources
  • E18 - Planning for Library Service

The remaining four (4) courses can be selected from the full list of EXCEL courses.

Course Structure

  • Each course consists of five or six modules
  • Students are paired up with an instructor, whose role is to provide guidance and answer questions throughout the course
  • Instructor-led courses include two assignments and one final exam
  • Assignments are based on practical applications to test the principles of the course in your own work situations

Course Cycles

Courses are offered over three semesters each year:

  • Winter (February to April)
  • Spring/Summer (May to July)
  • Fall (October to December)

See the course cycle page for a listing of upcoming courses.

Students can take a maximum of two (2) courses per semester.


Each course costs $145.00 plus HST ($18.85) = $163.85.


Please read our general information on registration\ Renseignements généraux pour l'inscription (EXCEL).

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