Become an OLLI Member

OLLI half-year memberships begin on December 1, 2019, and run through June 30, 2020. Registration for the membership period is now open!

The acclaimed historian and 12th Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin once said, “Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.” OLLI is dedicated to fostering learning and engagement in all areas, including those of which our students may not have even thought before joining OLLI. This process of curiosity and discovery is at the heart of OLLI’s mission, which is to encourage learning as a lifelong pursuit and as its own reward.

OLLI has offered courses, study groups, lunchtime lectures, travel opportunities, and other activities to area residents over the age of 50 since 2007. We more than 1,200 members who are engaged in the never-ending process of lifelong learning. If you have participated in OLLI’s activities in the past, then you already know what a rich and exhilarating experience it is. If you have not yet discovered the many benefits of OLLI membership, we hope that you will join us on this exciting journey!

About Your OLLI Membership

Annual memberships to OLLI at Illinois begin on July 1 and run through June 30 of the following calendar year. The period for new membership and renewal of current membership typically begins in late spring for the coming year— we also offer half-year membership period for the period from December 1 through June 30. All OLLI memberships, both full-year and half-year, end on June 30.

OLLI membership allows you to register for fall and spring courses; for the multiple study group sessions during the year; for all free lunchtime lectures, social activities, and special events; and for optional OLLI-planned trips at an additional expense. Each member receives one free course and one free study group each membership year, with modest fees for additional courses and study groups. We make every effort to ensure that new members receive at least one of their top choices. All registrations are based on availability; members wishing to enroll in a full course may be added to a waiting list.

Membership also includes numerous other benefits, including an iCard, discounts at local and national merchants, access to the University of Illinois Library, and many other opportunities; a full list can be found here.

In addition to the many benefits outlined above, OLLI membership contributes to the proven wellness and social benefits of lifelong learning!

Membership in OLLI does not confer any further University of Illinois student, staff, or faculty status, or any other benefits pertaining to those roles Member benefits may not be redeemed for any cash value. OLLI membership is intended solely for residents of Central Illinois over the age of 50 who will participate in OLLI's programming at the institute's Champaign location.

Course registration for the spring semester begins on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Please see this page for full registration details, including how to redeem the free course code.

Click here to learn how to become an OLLI member!