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CILIP is the UK library and information association. We support, unite and develop information professionals and librarians - the people who help the world make better decisions.

Our mission is to put library and information skills and professional values at the heart of an equal, democratic and prosperous society.

Our priorities

Our six priorities are to:

  • Enhance our impact by growing our membership
  • Deliver outstanding member services and support
  • Advocate to secure our members’ interests
  • Help members develop the skills to succeed
  • Drive standards and innovation in our profession
  • Provide an excellent, sustainable and effective professional association

Our offer

As members of CILIP, information professionals benefit from:

  • Cross-sector networking opportunities to advance your career
  • A welcoming, inclusive community of like-minded professionals
  • An influential national voice on the issues you care about
  • Representation to your employer about the value and impact of your skills
  • Expert support and advice to help you in your work
  • Targeted CPD and training to help you futureproof your skills
  • Unique professional recognition under our Royal Charter – helping you to stand out
  • Bespoke leadership and management support to help you succeed

CILIP membership is open to everyone working with information, knowledge, data or libraries.

Our Campaigns and Advocacy

We campaign for change, advocating for the sector and the essential role you play and influencing politicians and Government.


Be part of your profession. From assistant roles to leadership and strategic positions, we’ve got resources, guidance and opportunities tailored to your needs.

Professional Registration

In an increasingly competitive world it’s essential to stand out. Invest in your skills and demonstrate your competence through Certification, Chartership and Fellowship.


Never before have we needed a strong, active and supportive professional association - CILIP is that organisation and deserves our support.

Gary Birkenhead, Trustee

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