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By becoming a member, your annual membership fee funds the work that we do.

  • It is vital in bringing positive change to scholarly communications
  • It 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

SPARC Europe represents the interests of research and educational institutions across Europe. Members currently include

  • National Libraries
  • Library Consortia
  • University Consortia
  • European Universities / European University Libraries
  • European Research Institutes
  • Other Higher Education Institutes
  • Publishers

Learn more about why you should join us from what our members have told us.

Membership fees per year

We have a 4-tier membership fee model that is differentiated in order to fairly include institutions from all European countries

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 Societies, Library 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

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)


Do not hesitate to contact any of the SPARC Europe team members if you have any questions.

Join us now by filling in the membership application online form or download it as a PDF.
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