How to Join

The membership year begins on July 1.  Full members may participate in seminars, special programs and summer/winter programs (some of which may carry a cost) as well as various other activities throughout the year.  They  will receive all publications and are entitled to vote in annual elections, join a committee, and receive a membership card which provides borrowing privileges at the libraries of the five colleges and free transportation on the PVTA from one college to another.

In order to provide an opportunity for potential new members to try out the organization, 5CLIR offers membership for one semester only, either spring or fall, at one half the cost of the yearly membership. During the first semester of membership, all new members will be guaranteed their first choice of a seminar in addition to participating in all of the other programs and activities of 5CLIR.

Those who have been Full Year Members of 5CLIR and find themselves unable to participate fully in the organization may become Associate Members at one half the cost of regular membership. Associate Members may not participate in seminars or vote, but may partake of all of the other privileges.  On a trial basis, starting in Fall 2016, such Members may also elect to become Emerati/Emeratae for the full membership cost, with all member privileges except they may apply to audit only those seminars accepting auditors.

5CLIR has several different types of membership with varying costs:

Cost Type Benefits
$250 Full Year: July 1st – June 30th All programs and privileges
$250 Emerati/ae: July 1st – June 30th All programs and privileges; audit seminars only
$125 Half Year for New Members Fall or spring term; all programs and privileges
$125 Associate for Former Full-Year Members No seminars or voting right

Assistance Fund:  The Membership Assistance Fund makes 5CLIR membership available to everyone.  It is funded by generous donations from fellow members.

If a person wishes to join 5CLIR as a full member after all spring seminars are closed, they may pay the dues for the following year and enjoy all benefits immediately and through the following year.

If a person wishes to join 5CLIR after the fall seminars are closed, they may pay for the spring semester and enjoy all the benefits until July 1st, when the new membership year begins.

To become a member, either join or renew your 5CLIR membership online or complete a paper membership application and mail with your check to 5CLIR.

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