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Bliss Classification Association : join the BCA

The Bliss Classification Association was founded in 1967. It is a non-profit making organisation of users and supporters of the Bliss Bibliographic Classification. It promotes the development and use of the classification, publishes official amendments, enables users to keep in touch and exchange experience, and gives users a say in the future of the scheme.

An annual subscription to the Association has until recently included receipt of the Bliss Classification Bulletin. This acts as a forum for discussion with members, who are actively encouraged to contribute to the Bulletin with features and/or comments about their own experiences of using the Classification. The Bulletin also provides updates and news on revisions. Publication of the Bliss Classification Bulletin, ISSN 0520-2795, is currently suspended. the last issue published being no. 53, 2011. We have had difficulties because we lost the editor; we hope to publish further issues at some time, but we cannot say when. We increasingly see this web site and our discussion list LIS-BCA as the main channel for communication to and between members.

A further opportunity for discussion is provided at the Annual General Meeting, usually held in London. Lectures are arranged with speakers actively involved in the revision of the scheme, or in classification generally.

Membership (currently £10 per year for individuals and £30 per year for institutions) is open to all organisations and individuals interested in or using the classification. Membership is for a calendar year, and subscriptions paid now will be valid for the year ending 31st December 2017.

To join the Association, or to renew a previous membership, please complete the following form and click the “Send” button. We shall then contact you by email.

Name of individual member or institutional representative:

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Please mark the type of membership you wish to apply for:
Individual membership or Institutional membership

Would you like to pay your subscription by:
Cheque, made out in British pounds and drawn on a UK bank (make it payable to Bliss Classification Association and send it to the Hon. Treasurer at 27 Calshot Way, Enfield, EN2 7BQ, UK)
Bank transfer (we shall send you details of our bank account)
Debit or credit card, or PayPal account, online (A payment button will be shown after you send this page)

If you are individual UK income tax payer, it will increase the value of your subscription at no cost to yourself if you are able to complete the following Gift Aid declaration. Please tick the box if you agree.

I confirm that I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand the Bliss Classification Association will reclaim 25p of tax for every pound that I give on or after 6 April 2008.
Please treat all subscriptions and donations that I make to the Bliss Classification Association until further notice as Gift Aid payments.


If you would like further details about membership of the BCA, please contact the Hon. Treasurer and Membership Secretary, whose details are given on the contacts page.