​Membership dues provide a base from which Lyrasis works on behalf of its members to develop and bring forward a wide variety of services to assist libraries and cultural heritage organizations with their goals. Our institutional member dues tiers are based on your organization's operating budget * and the Lyrasismembership year runs July 1 – June 30. To determine which tier your organization falls into, please view the table below.

Dues invoices will be issued in mid May. If you want an invoice sooner email membership@lyrasis.org.

Lyrasis Membership Benefits

All Lyrasis members receive:

  • Lyrasis Learning (free access, no charge for classes)
  • Apply for Catalyst Funds - Vote on Catalyst Fund recipients
  • Invites to Member Summit
  • Nominate and vote for Lyrasis Board of Trustees
  • Member discount on Lyrasis hosting services
  • Member discount on vendor partner products and services
  • Full Access to the Lyrasis Job Bank: post open positions and view job opportunities
  • Deposit Account set up and management
​Membership Tier
​Member Operating Budget*

Member Dues
​Institutional 1 ​$0 up to $200,000 ​$460
​Institutional 2 ​$200,000 up to $1M $730
​Institutional 3 ​$1M up to $4M $1,395
​Institutional 4 ​$4M + $1,725
​Leaders Circle
​NA ​$2,500
​Group Agent ​NA To be determined based on needs and offerings

Note: The Leaders Circle is a special level of participation in the Lyrasis community. This program costs $1000-$2,500 (based on budget) and includes current membership dues at the Institutional tiers listed. Participation is considered an optional add-on that conveys all the same benefits of Institutional Memberships but also focuses on networking, intersections between Library, Archive, Museum communities and helping Lyrasis set critical direction. Find out more about Leaders benefits.

*Operating budget includes all current costs necessary to support the provision of services for a 12-month period. Significant costs include:

Salaries and wages; Employee benefits; Collection expenditures; Computers (hardware and software) for operations and public access, whether purchased or leased; and other operating expenses such as network/consortia fees, preservation or conservation expenses, supplies, professional development, service fees, consultants, furniture & equipment purchase and repair, exhibition development, etc.

Operating budgets/expenditures do not include capital expenditures, new building or building renovation costs. They should also not include the value of free items, donations and volunteers.

Library operating budget expenses would also include: Collection expenditures for all materials in print, microform, electronic and other formats considered part of the collection, whether purchased, leased or licensed; Document delivery and interlibrary loan; and Binding.

Group Agent Membership is available to organizations that serve multiple other organizations. Examples are state library agencies, local consortia, or associations of libraries and cultural heritage organizations with a similar focus (e.g., trial court or hospital libraries served by a central administrative agent). Group Agent Member central agencies are eligible for some of the benefits of Lyrasis membership. The organizations served by the Group Agent Member are also eligible for certain Lyrasis membership benefits including member pricing on professional development and library supply discounts.

To request more information about how Lyrasis works with various types of groups, click here.

To learn more about the Leaders Circle, click here.

Not in the United States? Click here to request more information about international membership.

Lyrasis is also organizational home four membership-funded programs. ArchivesSpace, DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO. To become a member of these programs, click here or visit here for more information.