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SPARC Europe represents the interests of research and educational institutions across Europe. Your support is vital in bringing positive change to scholarly communications. Your annual membership fee funds a variety of projects and initiatives that are important in ensuring that the view of libraries across Europe are communicated effectively to publishers and policy makers. Learn more about why you should join us.

Join us now by filling out the membership application online form.

Membership is open to
  • National Libraries
  • Library Consortia
  • University Consortia
  • European Universities / European University Libraries
  • European Research Institutes
  • Other Higher Education Institutes

Help us make change on various levels: we are helping to support the implementation of Horizon2020 policy; we are engaged in identifying the readiness for Open Access policy implementation and alignment across Europe to accelerate research; we are helping to develop Open Access training programmes for researchers, librarians, funders and EU project managers. We also provide guidance to Open Access professionals, advocates and researchers in the form of briefing papers on peer review, content-mining or for specific subject domains like the social sciences or humanities.


Membership fees per year

We have a 4-tier membership fee model that;

  • reflects the ability to contribute (pay), which means that membership fees must be differentiated in order to attract potentially institutions from all European countries;
  • is considered  fair;
  • can attract other stakeholders (not only libraries), especially library (professional) associations, learned societies etc.;
  • is easy to manage (that is: potential members should easily know their membership fee).
National and Academic Libraries*
Tier 1 (GNP per capita > $35.000) Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom € 1.600
€ 800 (Research institutions)
Tier 2 (GNP per capita betw. $ 35.000 and $ 20.000 Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain € 800
€ 400 (Research institutions)
Tier 3 (GNP per capita betw. $ 20.000 and $ 10.000) Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Turkey, € 400
€ 200 (Research institutions)
Tier 4 (GNP per capita < $ 10.000) Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYR),  Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine € 200
€ 100 (Research institutions)
Publishers & Learned SocietiesLibrary associations (professional)Other supporting organisations Based on quote – minimum fee for Tier 1 and 2 € 1.000, minimum fee for Tier 3 and 4 € 500
Individuals € 100


Consortia discount model for institutions in tier 2,3 & 4 countries as outlined below:

Groups of libraries (consortia or equivalent) from countries belonging to tier 2,3 & 4 in the current membership fee structure will qualify for discounts according to the following model:

  • Less than 20 institutions – 75% discount (institutions will regardless of actual status be considered as academic libraries)
  • More than 20 institutions – 90% discount (institutions will regardless of actual status be considered as academic libraries)


This fee information also exists in PDF.

Would you wish to know more? Do not hesitate to contact any of the SPARC Europe team members.

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