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Royal Charter

Royal Charter

CILIP is the only chartered body in the world dedicated to uniting, supporting and advocating for information professionals and librarians in all sectors.

CILIP’s charitable objective is set out in our Royal Charter:

“The objects of the institute shall be to work for the benefit of the public to promote education and knowledge through the establishment and development of libraries and information services and to advance information science (being the science and practice of the collection, collation, evaluation and organised dissemination of information)"

Under the terms of our Charter, we have the power to:

  • Act as the professional body for information professionals
  • Promote professional education and training
  • Provide conferences and events
  • Support professional skills, qualifications and certification
  • Promote study and research in librarianship and information science
  • Scrutinise legislation that affects our profession
  • Encourage the adequate provision of library and information services
  • Maintain a directory of Registered Practitioners
  • Develop international links with other professional associations overseas
  • Provide member services and support
  • Undertake trading activity to sustain our operations

Download the full text of our Royal Charter

Our Campaigns and Advocacy

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

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.

Our Mission

We support, unite and develop information professionals and librarians - the people who help the world make better decisions.


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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