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Preparing for retirement

Preparing for Retirement

Retirement doesn’t have to mean the end of your professional journey. CILIP has a diverse and active Retired Members Group who are committed to furthering the profession and promoting library and information services.

The Retired Members Group organises a range of social activities and events to keep in touch with each other and the profession as a whole and publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep members up to date.

Find out more about the Retired Members Group.


If you’ve achieved a level of Professional Registration in the course of your career, why not become a mentor and help others through the process?

All CILIP mentors complete a mentoring skills training session to enable you to share your expertise and help others to achieve their Professional Registration.

Become a mentor


Even if you’ve never volunteered or sat on a committee before, it’s never too late to start! Our Member Networks and Special Interest Groups are always looking for experienced professionals to help them engage with the rest of the CILIP community. If you’re thinking about retirement, joining one of our committees is a great way to keep up to date with profession and make new friends.

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Free legal advice line

Our partners at Law Express are on hand to provide you with free confidential and practical legal advice. They have a team of in-house specialists and can offer confidential, practical advice on everything from property and employment issues to tax information.

Legal Advice line

I have had a long association with CILIP which goes back to the mid 1990’s (when CILIP was the Library Association) – and have always felt supported – right from when I worked on my chartership, to more recently being involved with my local membership network. Indeed this is the part that probably means the most to me, networking with local colleagues is so important and helps you feel part of something. This is all the more important for those of us living at a great distance from London, as to have a local community of support is vital.

Dr Biddy Casselden Senior Lecturer, i-School, Department of Computer and Information Sciences changing to Head of Library Learning and Research services at Northumbria University

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