RDA Toolkit is an integrated, browser-based, online product that allows users to interact with a collection of cataloging-related documents and resources including RDA: Resource Description and keyword searching all documents; the ability to create, store, and share personal and local cataloging documents; and an unlimited number of profiles that allow individual users to set and save personal preferences. Subscriptions to RDA Toolkit are sold by the user. A user is a single access seat to the toolkit. Buying more than one user allows the subscriber to have multiple users concurrently access the toolkit. A subscriber may buy any number of users.
Our general pricing for 2024 appears below.
RDA Toolkit pricing is set in U.S. dollars only. Given the international growth of the Toolkit and the challenges of keeping up with fluctuations in the currency exchange market, simplifying our pricing practices allows us to provide more reliable service to our customers. Though the price is given only in U.S. dollars, customers are still able to pay in the currency of their choice. The cost will be based on the exchange rate on the day of purchase. The price chart below reflects cost per user beginning January 1, 2024, for individual and institutional subscriptions.
|Number of Users
|Cost Per User
Examples (In US Dollars)
1 user = $201
2 users = $192 per user x 2 = $384
5 users = $189 per user x 5 = $945
20 users= $170 per user x 20 = $3,400
Additional discounts may be available to first-time subscribers who are ALA members, CILIP members, catalogers in countries without RDA adoption, and/or catalogers committed to the purchase of supplementary RDA learning materials through the ALA Store website. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about those discounts and any other special promotions for consortia, individuals and institutions with no previous RDA Toolkit subscriptions.
RDA should be a core component of any cataloging course or training, and we want to ensure that access is easily available to LIS programs for instructors and students. Here is our complete LIS pricing effective February 1, 2021. A summary follows below:
10 users for $500
30 users for $1,000
50 users for $1,500
80 users for $2,150
This pricing structure continues to offer a significant reduction in pricing from years past. These flat rates are for 12-month subscriptions only and are listed in US dollars. We will no longer offer partial year subscriptions. LIS subscriptions are available for classroom use only at institutions with established LIS programs. LIS rates are not available for professional staff access to RDA Toolkit. RDA Trainers who lead 6 or more training sessions per year also qualify for LIS pricing. Please know that we still offer free education opportunities.
Here are the qualifications to enlist:
• You must contact RDA directly for free access for a training class/workshop at email@example.com
• You should have a minimum subscription to RDA Toolkit
• If you charge a fee for your trainings/workshop to attendees, you must make us aware
• You will provide us with a list of participant email addresses
• Free access requests are limited to 5 per calendar year per subscriber.
RDA Toolkit Subscription
Please note that you need to “Accept” the RDA Toolkit License agreement (PDF of license available below) and the subscription terms, and then select the number of concurrent users you would like to add to your purchase. During checkout, you have the option to pay in any of the currencies listed. Twenty-four to forty-eight hours after you complete the checkout process, the RDA Toolkit staff will contact you to confirm your order. Sales are nonrefundable.
Subscribers to the RDA Toolkit will need to sign the RDA Toolkit License Agreement (PDF of the license is listed at the bottom of this page). You do not need to sign and return the End User License Agreement (EULA)—it is here for your information. These licenses/agreements follow standard practice for this kind of product.
If you cannot complete a purchase online or are in one of the following purchasing categories, please visit the relevant page: RDA Toolkit subscription purchase offline; consortia and group subscriptions; training and classroom access; subscription agencies, distributors, booksellers; subscribers in Asia; subscribers in Spain and Latin America.
We aim to process subscription requests within one business day, but delays may occur occasionally.
RDA Toolkit Subscription Renewal
Please note you will need to “Accept” the subscription terms, and then select the number of concurrent users you would like to add to your purchase. During checkout, you have the option to pay in any of the currencies listed. Twenty-four to forty-eight hours after you complete the checkout process, the RDA Toolkit staff will contact you to confirm your renewal. If you cannot complete a renewal online or are in one of the following purchasing categories, please visit the relevant page: RDA Toolkit subscription renewal offline; consortia and group renewals; training and classroom access; subscription agencies, distributors, booksellers; subscribers in Asia; subscribers in Austria, Germany, or Switzerland; subscribers in Spain and Latin America.
It is recommended to complete your renewal request no later than a week before your subscription expires. We aim to process all renewals within three business days of request.