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The Prison Libraries Group serves the interest of all members concerned with the provision of library services to prison communities.

The Group is committed to improving the quality of the service whilst raising the profile of prison libraries.

10 Reasons to join the Prison Libraries Group

  1. Involvement
    Joining PrLG puts you at the heart of the prison library community – don’t work in isolation!
  2. Networking & Support
    You become part of a professional network of colleagues working in the prison library sector who can be a valuable source of advice and can enable you to share good practice  and develop your skills and expertise
  3. Training and development
    PrLG runs regular training events, some of which are free to group members
  4. Training bursaries
    We offer up to four bursaries each year to enable members to attend training events
  5. The Prison Libraries Training Pack
    This invaluable tool is a must for anyone new to prison libraries. Updated regularly it covers all aspects of the provision of library services in prisons. It is available free online to PrLG members
  6. Online
    The Prison Libraries Group website provides exclusive, member only content – including access to our resource bank

Mission Statement

The Prison Libraries Group serves the interest of all members concerned with the provision of library services to prison communities. The group is committed to improving the quality of the service whilst raising the profile of prison libraries.

Aims

  • to share and develop ideas through training and publications
  • to be of benefit to all members concerned with library services to prisoners, prison and education staff
  • to liaise with the Prison Service
  • to encourage contracts between the local library authorities and Prison Service establishments
  • to be an active part of CILIP

The committee meets a minimum of 4 times a year and holds its AGM during the spring Training Day.

Contact Us

You can contact the group via email prlg@hotmail.co.uk or Twitter @PrisonLibraries.

Alternatively, to contact an individual member of the group please see committee members.

Join CILIP

Join CILIP and take the next step in your career by expanding your network and knowledge. Keep your thinking fresh with our exclusive magazines and newsletters. As a member you will have the tools to develop your skills and demonstrate your value. Join as a Student, Member or Leader to start your journey towards professional registration.

Leader - For library and information professionals in leadership roles or who are aspiring leaders.
Member - Anyone can become a Member. It is the entry-level category for people working in the information, knowledge and library sector.
Student - A special discounted rate if you are studying on full or part-time library, information science and knowledge management course.

You can pay for your membership up front or spread the cost over twelve instalments.


Group only membership

You don't have to be a library and information professional to join our Special Interest Groups.  You can join us as a group only member.  To be a Group only member you must currently be employed in a prison library and must not have been a member of CILIP for 12 months. Becoming a group member costs only £50 per year. 

Benefits include:

Member rates for many of our events, conferences and training

Subscription to the PLG newsletters, publications and resources

Access to our group pages and our Social Link professional network


If you're a CILIP member but haven't joined Prison Libraries Group update your preferences today for full access.

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