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The Public and Mobile Library Group provides information, training, development and networking opportunities to all levels of staff working in public and mobile libraries, as well as acting as an advocate for public library services across the UK.  The PMLG was formed from the previous Public Libraries Group (PLG) and Branch & Mobile Libraries Group (BMLG), who merged in 2013 to become the current unified group representing all public and mobile library staff working in the profession.

The PMLG encompasses all levels of membership - both frontline and backroom staff, from first job to senior management in public libraries, as well as mobile library staff from all fields.  PMLG is also a powerful advocate for its members and the sector as a whole, working hard to raise the profile of public and mobile library services across the UK and beyond.  The PMLG aditionally provides its members with a broad range of professional development opportunities, training, support and advice.

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General queries to the Hon Secretary at:

If you would like to suggest an article for the newsletter, please contact:

If you are interested in submitting an article for possible inclusion in Access: The Journal of the Public and Mobile Libraries Group please email the Editorial Board:

If you are interested in applying for a PMLG funded bursary visit: Bursaries


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.  Group only memberships are available for a maximum of two years and 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 and publication

Access to our group pages and our Social Link professional network


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