The department was established in 1959 as Department of Library Science, offering only a Diploma Course. Later, it also offered a Masters Degree in Library Science. In 1987, the department changed its name to Department of Library and Information Science and started offering a B.A Honours course. Subsequently, the department changed its name to 'Department of Information Science and Library Management'.
The Department offers a four-year B.A. Honours and a one-year M.A. degree. A two-year M.A. (Evening) programme is also offered.
The department also offers a two-year M. Phil and a three-year Ph.D. programme.
The research areas include Classification, Cataloguing, Library networking and Resource Sharing, Information Production and Marketing, Comparative and International Librarianship, Documentation and Information Retrieval, Information Systems and Services, Library Resource Management, Information Literacy Skills, Knowledge Management, Bibliometrics, Digital and Electronic Libraries, Information Needs and Seeking Behavior, and Library Public Relations.
The department publishes a journal called Bangladesh Journal of Library and Information Science. The departmental library has hundreds of books, theses and information materials.