motivation is an important research problem because it has direct implications on the quality of student engagement with learning. in this study, we analyzed the motivational orientations of students of librarianship, a public university in the north of paraná, from the identification of the type of motivation, learning strategies used, the perception of academic performance and time perspective future. study participants were 143 students in four grades of course. the survey data were collected through a self-report questionnaire containing 80 likert-type questions, compiled and analyzed in accordance with the self-determination theory and the future time perspective theory. the results indicated a trend towards more autonomous types of motivation, setting goals to be achieved in the future and the perception of the academic activities of this as instrumental to achieving these future goals.