Becoming a Member

Terms of CRL Membership are defined in CRL’s Bylaws. There are two classes of membership: voting members (institutions located in continental North America) and global affiliates. CRL’s membership year runs from July 1 through June 30. However, libraries may apply to join on the first day of any month on a pro-rated basis.  Libraries support CRL activities and services by paying an annual cost share, rather than a membership fee.


Voting Members

Libraries at North American academic or research institutions are eligible to join as voting members of CRL. Voting Member institutions convene annually for a Council Meeting at which representatives consider new and ongoing CRL initiatives, elect new Board members, and vote on the annual budget for the coming fiscal year. Read more...

Global Affiliate Memberships

Global Affiliate Membership provides educational and research institutions located outside of North America access to CRL collections and services. Global Affiliate Membership features the following advantages: Read more...

Membership Renewal

Members must renew their CRL membership before  January 1 annually for the upcoming membership year (July 1 through June 30).  This notification allows CRL time to plan and budget activities for the upcoming year.  Read more...