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Membership benefits

As a member you get a range of benefits to build your skills and develop a successful career. Click on the links below to access the resources or simply find out more.

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Support through your career


Professional Registration enables you to demonstrate your skills and value as a professional to employers. With Certification, Chartership and Fellowship you'll find a level that's right for you.

Develop your professional skills and knowledge

Access online courses through the Virtual Learning Environment and get support to develop your career with the Careers Hub.

Map your skills

Use our interactive skills map, the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base to identify your strengths and pinpoint areas for your development or use it for planning your career steps.

Leadership skills

Take the next step into leadership or develop your skills with our dedicated Leaders Network. Benefits include resources from the Chartered Management Institute, webinars and an online community.

Keep up to date

Information Professional helps you keep you up to date with the latest developments and insights and a mobile app so you can read on the go and research.

Stay current

CILIP members can access professional journals and abstracts ensuring you keep on top of developments within your field.

Communities for learning and networking

Training and events

We offer a wide range of events, training, conferences and seminars across the UK. With events every month search our calendar and book your next event at discounted member rates.

Communities around your interests

Over twenty Special Interest Groups provide opportunities to learn and meet with other members with shared professional interests.

Communities in your area

Our Regional Member Networks and Devolved Nations across the UK and Ireland provide events and networking opportunities near you.

Online communities

Expand your network, join in discussions and keep up to date with the CILIP community through SocialLink.

Advocating for your sector

Develop your advocacy skills

Our dedicated Impact Toolkit provides the skills and understanding to effectively communicate the value of your work and services.

Championing the sector

We work hard to make sure your work is recognised by employers and national and local government through campaigns, lobbying and public affairs.

Celebrating the best

Find out about our range of awards for people and services, recognising the efforts and achievements of our peers.

Help and discounts

Support with problems at work

Get help with a range of employment issues with our free legal helpline.

Financial support

The CILIP Benevolent Fund provides help if you're experiencing financial difficulties.

Do more with your membership

Explore our range of grants and bursaries to support your career development.

Making life more affordable

As a member you get a wide range of exclusive discounts and special deals including books and journals, CILIP events, and CPD e-learning modules.

Upgrading your membership

As a library and information professional take the next step in your career by upgrading your membership by becoming a Registered Professional or joining the Leaders Network.

Registered Professional

Valued by employers and internationally recognised our three levels of professional registration will boost your career and increase your earnings potential and job opportunities.

There’s no exam to take and you build your portfolio of Continuous Professional Development activities with the support of a dedicated mentor.

How to upgrade and the cost

To start the process of Professional Registration, you’ll need to be a member and register for the process on the VLE. You’ll pay a registration fee to join the programme and a submission fee when your portfolio is ready to be submitted.

To keep up Professional Registration once you’re registered, you’ll pay £10.87 a month or £130 a year with a concessionary rate of £6.67 a month if you earn less than £12,000, are unwaged or retired. Just remember that these fees include the cost of your CILIP membership.

Head to the Professional Registration page if you want to find out more.

Leaders Network

CILIP has partnered with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to launch the Leaders Network, a dedicated network if you’re in a leadership role or an aspiring leader.

The Leaders Network will give you the knowledge, resources and support you need to take the next step in your career.

How to upgrade and cost

To join fill in our Leaders Network application form and pay £18.33 a month or £220 a year with a concessionary rate of £180 a year if you earn less than £12,000, are unwaged or retired. Like for Professional Registration, these fees include the cost of your CILIP membership.

Find out more about the many benefits at our Leaders Network page.

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