A new open, affordable and accessible membership

A new open and affordable CILIP membership

The information profession has significantly changed in recent years and it is continuing to evolve, with new opportunities and challenges.

These challenges and opportunities take many forms, cut across sectors and will impact on all information professionals. From fake news and information literacy to knowledge management and big data - information and knowledge professionals play an essential role supporting people, organisations and governments in a digital landscape.

CILIP’s role in supporting information professionals is also evolving, with the launch of the new membership model. With an open approach it has been carefully designed to help build a modern profession through support, community, advocacy and leadership.

The new membership model combines a more inclusive approach with simplicity and affordability. It makes CILIP membership accessible and affordable to everyone who works with information and libraries.

The information professionals of the future will come from many different disciplines and educational backgrounds so our community must be as open, welcoming and inclusive as possible.


Fellow professionals can be a source of inspiration and support, and CILIP’s new membership model takes full advantage of this. A re-designed website will include a new community area, Social Link, where ideas can be exchanged and built upon – helping individuals and the profession as a whole to seek out, create and deliver best practice.

Social Link is about more than professional development, it is about building a strong community that can support and deliver a strong library and information sector for all. CILIP has always valued the contributions of its members through its Member Networks and member-led Board. Social link will make it easier to be involved in the conversations that shape the profession.

CILIP will continue to run regular events across the UK including conferences, training and briefings. A new events calendar will make it easier to find events near you and by topic.


We have taken significant steps in our advocacy works over the last couple of years. From high profile media campaigns and partnerships to direct lobbying of political leaders, the aim has been to put CILIP at the heart of discussions and decision-making.

Advocacy work is about raising the profile of CILIP, making sure the organisation is heard and making sure that libraries, librarians, and the contributions of all information workers are recognised and valued.

For too long there has been a notion that the services offered by the information profession are “nice to have” rather than crucial. CILIP is changing that view, pushing the idea that access to accurate, trusted information has positive impacts on everyone’s lives – it touches on health and wellbeing, drives innovation, boosts the economy, supports education and training, and helps develop lifelong skills.


Members will be supported by CILIP throughout their career – with a variety of resources that can be used and accessed in different way. The aim is to give members choice in how they approach their Continuing Professional Development. From online learning in the Virtual Learning Environment to regular newsletters, professional journals and the newly launched Information Professional magazine which, will be available to members in print, through a redesigned app and on CILIP’s website.

CILIP’s Professional Knowledge and Skills Base helps identify strengths and areas for improvement. For those wanting to formalise their CPD CILIP continues to assist members through professional registration. There is a clear pathway from Certification to Chartership to Fellowship, all backed by CILIP’s growing network of mentors.


A new membership strand has been created offering additional benefits and opportunities for leaders and aspiring leaders. It gives exclusive access to networking events, a dedicated newsletter, resources to develop leadership skills and free Affiliate membership to the Chartered Management Institute.

Changes to the website

As part of introducing these changes members won’t be able to log onto the CILIP website from the 31 October until 7 November.

  • Areas affected include:
  • The Virtual Learning Environment
  • Submitting your professional registration portfolio
  • Using the interactive Professional Knowledge and Skills Base tool
  • Reading Update magazine online
  • Joining CILIP online

If you are mid-way through submitting your professional registration portfolio you won’t lose any work or documents on the VLE and the way you create and submit your portfolio will remain the same after the 7 November.

Voting in the elections for CILIP board will be unaffected.

Using the website for the first time

Once the new website is live we will contact all members with details about logging in for the first time. You will receive a username and will be asked to change your password.

Once you have logged in you can check and update your profile and make sure you’re receiving the emails you want from CILIP and your Member Networks.