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MEMBERSHIP FEES 2019

The recent AGM (held on 7th November 2018) approved the proposal to increase the ordinary annual fee to £535 (a £10 increase) with effect from January 1st 2019 - but for those paying by annual direct debit the fee will remain at the current price of £510. It was also agreed to extend the maximum age range for Young Person's Membership from 24 to 26.

The £10 increase in ordinary annual membership represents a 1.9% increase. Proportionate increases will be applied for the other membership categories, and life membership fees will be broadly increased by the same percentage as annual fees. 

The new rates are as follows:

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

Annual membership

  • Annual - £535 (which can be spread across monthly payments of £44.58)
  • Payment by annual direct debit - £510

Spouse/partner membership (for spouses or partners of full annual or life members)

  • Annual - £267.50 (which can be spread across monthly payments of £22.29)
  • Payment by annual direct debit - £255

Young Persons’ Membership (for all members aged 16-26) 

  • Annual - £267.50
  • Payment by annual direct debit - £255

Temporary overseas membership (for overseas visitors)

  • 4 months’ duration  - £267.50 

Extra borrowing allowances

  • Additional 5 volumes - £46

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Public libraries  - £48 per volume

Educational/charitable institutions (10 or more staff/members)

  • Annual - £1,070
  • Additional 5 volumes - £138

Other institutions (10 or more staff/members)

  • Annual - £1,605
  • Additional 5 volumes - £230

Smaller institutions (Less than 10 staff/members)

  • Annual - £642
  • Additional 5 volumes - £92

LIFE MEMBERSHIP

  • Age 80 and over - £1,500
  • 75 to 79 - £4.000
  • 70 to 74 - £5,800
  • 65 to 69 - £7,800
  • 60 to 64 - £10,600
  • 55 to 59 - £12,300
  • 50 to 54 - £14,200
  • 45 to 49 - £15,800
  • 40 to 44 - £17,500
  • 35 to 39 - £19,200
  • 30 to 34 - £20,900
  • 25 to 29 - £22,300
  • 18 to 24 - £23,300

 

"A TREASURE TROVE"

Jenny Uglow

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