Membership & Trial Info

As a small, nonprofit and financially autonomous membership organization, HRAF is more than a database provider. In addition to providing unlimited on- and off campus access to eHRAF for our member institutions, we take pride in giving personalized support (e.g. webinars) to librarians, faculty, researchers, and students.

Consortium and regular associate memberships for eHRAF World Cultures are available for academic institutions. Memberships are also available for researchers not affiliated with member institutions.

1. Annual Consortium Membership Dues

Academic institutions (i.e., universities, colleges, research institutions, high schools), museums, and public libraries are eligible for consortium dues for eHRAF World Cultures.

The consortium membership dues are based on the institution’s full-time student enrollment (FTE) for the past fall semester and includes all undergraduates, graduates and professional students.

 eHRAF World Cultures
Consortium dues are based on FTE per Institution 

4 year academic institutions

2 year academic institutions

High Schools

<4,000 $1,395 $1,095 $995
  4,001 - 12,000 $1,795 $1,495 $995
  12,001 - 20,000 $2,495 $2,195 $995
>20,000 $2,895 $2,595 $995

For a public library or museum the annual consortium membership is based on the population served:

Population Served

Consortium Dues for eHRAF World Cultures
Public Libraries & Museums

<200,000 $1,095
  200,001 – 500,000 $1,595
>500,000 $2,095

2. Regular Annual Associate Membership

A regular annual membership for eHRAF World Cultures is based on the library budget for materials expenditure and is for an institution that are not part of a consortium.

Last Year’s Annual Library Budget for Material Expenditures at Member Institution
(includes all library expenditures, e.g. books, periodicals, electronic resources, supplies and equipment, preservation, etc., but excludes salaries)
Regular Annual Associate Dues for eHRAF World Cultures
Sponsoring Member $5450**
>$5 million $3895*
$1-5 million $3595*
<$ 1 million $3295*
High School or Small Public Library
(<75,000 people)
Native American & First Nations Institutions in the United States & Canada. Institutions (not international organizations) outside the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe may also be eligible for these special dues. $695

*Standing-order dues (5 or more years). For a non-standing order associate membership contact HRAF.
**Sponsoring members play a role in the governance of HRAF.

3. Individual Membership

An individual (single-use) membership for eHRAF World Cultures for a 6-month period is $250.  Typically it is for an individual, not affiliated with a HRAF member institution, who wants to use eHRAF World Cultures for research, but not teaching.

Contact HRAF to request a membership agreement and for more information: 1-800-520-HRAF (4723), 203-764-9401 or email

4. Trial Request

When we receive a trial request, we usually issue a password that is valid for one month. However, longer trials are available for institutions interested in eHRAF for teaching. If this is case, we encourage faculty to ask their library to set up a 60-day IP authenticated trial.

Why? Well, for a number of reasons:

1. During an IP trial, unless the library restricts the number of IP address, the entire institution and unlimited users have full and unrestricted access to the eHRAF databases.

2. During an IP trial, the library usually advertises eHRAF as a “database trial” on its library website and sends announcements to interested departments and faculty.

3. During an IP trial, we offer extensive support and services for librarians, faculty, students, and researchers, including informational webinars for librarians, faculty, and student classes, online student exercises, and research help.

4. After an IP authenticated trial, we provide the library with user statistics for the eHRAF databases. This is important! Because usage plays an important role in the evaluation of eHRAF, we encourage faculty who request a trial to recommend that their colleagues and faculty from other departments try out eHRAF as well.

Sometimes faculty may want to try eHRAF without getting their library involved. In these cases, we would be happy to set up a unique username and password.

Please email trial requests to

Important for Librarians: If submitting IP addresses, please do so in an email, excel file, or word document, but not in PDF format. Be sure to let us also know any special configuration settings (e.g. ez proxy).

5. Additional Links

  • User Support, Services, and Guides (Practical tips for searching eHRAF, steps for conducting cross-cultural research, and support services for librarians (e.g. informational webinars), faculty (e.g. consultations), and students (customized webinars for classes).
  • Teaching eHRAF (30+ online student exercises and assignments for teaching cultural anthropology, archaeology, medical anthropology, and research methods)
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