The Department of Library and Information Studies is one of the old departments in the School of Education. It was established in 1967, one year after the inauguration of the University of Zambia in 1966.The Department began as part of a UNESCO project to help the independent Zambia to train Librarians, Archivists, Records Managers, Information Workers and Documentalists. Under this project, Library and Information Studies was taken as a minor by students pursuing Bachelor of Arts at the University of Zambia. The Department produced its first three graduates in1970. The obvious weakness in the professional content of the programme resulted in stopping Library and Information Studies to be taught as a minor course but as a degree program own its own. As a result, the Bachelor Arts with Library and Information Studies (B.A.L.I.S) was born. Today, the department has over 600 students pursuing Library and Information Studies at both graduate and under-graduate levels.