1) Can I join LDC for any membership year?
Organizations can join the current membership year or the previous membership year (2016 and 2015). Only current (2016) members can acquire data from closed membership years (1993-2014) at reduced license fees (see below). Organizations can also pay for membership years in advance (2017 and beyond). Note that LDC Online memberships are available for the current membership year only.
2) What is a reduced licensing fee?
The reduced license fee is 50% of the corpus nonmember license fee or the corpus extra copy fee, whichever is greater. Current members may acquire corpora from closed membership years at the reduced license fee.
The reduced license fee for 'Members Only' corpora is $200 per DVD-ROM, $150 per CD-ROM, and $100 per web download.
The reduced license fee benefit is not available to LDC Online members.
3) Can I request more than one copy of a corpus released in my membership year?
Members may license additional copies of corpora released in their membership year(s) for an extra copy fee of $150 per CD-ROM, $200 per DVD or the catalog nonmember fee, if lower. Data accessible as a web download may be downloaded as many times as needed. Extra copies of LDC data are subject to the same restrictions, and covered by the same license, if any, as the primary copy.
4) How can I obtain a guest account?
Anyone can request a guest account from the User Login  page, the LDC Catalog  or LDC Online . Click on the "Create a new account" or “Register” button. Guest Users are entitled to receive LDC’s newsletter, access limited portions of LDC Online, edit their user profile and change the password to their LDC account. In order to become an LDC member or to license data from the LDC Catalog, Guest Users must register their organization with LDC or indicate their affiliation with an existing organization. For more information regarding the benefits of a guest account visit the Managing Your LDC Account  page