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Group only membership

Are you interested in extending your professional network whilst building on your CPD? CILIP's Member Networks are a great way to do this and form part of the CILIP member offer. There are two ways for you to get involved:


Becoming a full member of CILIP will give you access to the full range of our member networks. It also represents the best value for money as you will also get access to a wide range of benefits and services. These include the opportunity to join as many Special Interest Groups as you like, support your career, subscription to Information Professional, access to professional journals and newsletters, the chance to network with other members and by joining CILIP you will be supporting our advocacy for the sector. Membership of your professional body costs just £100 a year with discounted rates for students and low income earners. There is also the option to upgrade to the highly valuable Leaders Network. To find out more about joining CILIP, please click on the button below


Group Only Membership

Whilst joining as a full member offers you unsurpassed access to a wide range of servies, an alternative option is to join as a group only member. Group only memberships are available for limited number of Special Interest Groups. There is a maximum term of two years and costs £50 per year*.

Each group is unique and tailors its offer to its membership, typical benefits include:

Discounted rates for events, conferences and training

Newsletters and publications

Access to our group-pages and SocialLink professional network

To find out more click on the group below.

Join as a group only member


*Some groups have specific terms and conditions and restrictions on who may join, please read these carefully before you apply. 


Academic & Research Libraries Group

A forum for everyone working in academic or research libraries.


Cataloguing & Indexing Group

Promoting best practice in resourcing discovery and collection management.


Commercial, Legal & Scientific Information Group

Representing library and information professionals working in the commercial, legal and scientific sectors. 


Government Information Group

Representing the professional interests of knowledge and information professionals in government departments and agencies.


Health Libraries Group

For those working in, or with a professional interest in health and social care information.


Information Literacy Group

Encouraging debate and knowledge exchange on all aspects of information literacy. 


International Library & Information Group

Providing cross-border collaboration and knowledge exchange with librarians and information professionals around the world.

Library & Information History Group

Exploring the history of libraries and librarianship. 


  Local Studies Group

Supporting local studies librarians, archivists and museums.

Multimedia Information & Technology Group

Exploring the organisation, delivery and discovery or information through graphic forms, video and the web.. 


Prison Libraries Group

Raising the profile of library services for prison communities.

Public & Mobile Libraries Group

For absolutely anyone whose library service is either public or mobile.


Publicity & Public Relations Group

Marketing and promotion of library services, including user engagement and communication strategies.

Rare Books & Special
Collections Group

Uniting librarians responsible for collections of rare books, manuscripts and special materials.


School Libraries Group

Supporting school libraries, school librarians and Schools Library Services.

UK eInformation Group

Encouraging innovation in electronic information retrieval, management and processing.

Youth Libraries Group

Promoting young people's libraries and reading development.


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