Academic and Research Libraries Group

The Academic and Research Libraries Group (ARLG) aims to provide a focus and forum for the professional concerns and interests of everyone working in academic or research libraries, linking those with current and emerging issues and developments and the overall direction of CILIP’s corporate plan.

Our 2014 conference "Academic libraries: the final frontier" took place at the University of Sussex from 23rd to 25th June. Presentations are available via slideshare or search alrg14.

Latest News

  • Members' Day & AGM 2015

    The ARLG Members' Day and AGM on 14 May was a lively and well-attended event, with some thought-provoking speakers. A blogspot is available here. Full presentations will be posted here soon.

  • Obligatory Revalidation

    Obligatory Revalidation will mean that members who have obtained Certification, Chartership or Fellowship will have to submit an annual revalidation portfolio. Help with this and many other matters of interest to ARLG members is available in the CILIP VLE...


  • Library Assistants Study Day

    Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

    ARLG Southern - Library Assistants Study Day: Understanding information seeking behaviour of young people: a study day designed to build your confidence.

  • ARLG NE Annual Visit

    Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

    Magna Carta was first sealed by King John in 1215, to mark the 800th anniversary; Durham University is exhibiting the only surviving 1216 issue of this unique charter. Designed to make peace between the King and rebel Barons, who chose political engagement over passive obedience, Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt explores the contested identity of what makes a citizen and a rebel.

    The afternoon will incorporate a behind the scenes look at how Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt came about from Emma Hamlett, Curator of the exhibition. Tea, coffee and biscuits will then be provided before you visit the exhibition itself.

    This event is limited to 20 places, so bookings will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Bookings must be made by 30 June, to enable tea, coffee & biscuits to be arranged.

  • TeachMeet for Librarians

    Thursday, 16 July 2015 - 1:45pm to 4:00pm

    CILIP ARLG Southern TeachMeet for Librarians at Southampton Solent University on the afternoon of Thursday 16th July 2015.

  • Visit to Bletchley Park

    Friday, 24 July 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm


    ARLG Eastern has arranged a visit to Bletchley Park, in Milton Keynes. Bletchley Park was the home of British code-breaking during the Second World War, as seen in The Bletchley Circle and the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game.