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How we work

How we work

Knowledge and skills are the building blocks of a successful economy, equal society and fulfilling life. Our staff, Board, Presidential Team and volunteers work together to run an effective professional association that improves library and information services, develops our members’ expertise and represents the sector.

With CILIP’s direction set by our strategic plan we are led by our Board and Presidential Team. We have staff across the UK and our Special Interest Groups and Regional Member Networks are run on a voluntary basis by our members.

Our unique Royal Charter describes our purpose and Byelaws detail the rules under which we operate. Every member signs up to our ethical principles and code of professional conduct.


The CILIP Board sets out CILIP’s priorities and goals and is made up of twelve people elected by CILIP’s members and with the option of co-opting three others.

The Presidential Team works alongside the board, supporting and promoting the work of CILIP to make sure the organisation is well governed.

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