The INFED currently has the following four classes of participants are eligible to join the federation. All institutions have to apply for the membership of INFED on prescribed application form:
Universities & CFTIs: All Govt. / Govt.-aided universities covered under Section 12(B) and 2 (F) Section of the UGC Act, 1956 and all Inter-University Centre (IUCs) of the UGC that are eligible to get access to e-resources through the e-ShodhSindhu Consortium are eligible to participate of the INFED.
Colleges: All Govt. / Govt.-aided colleges covered under 12(B) and 2(F) Section of the UGC Act, 1956 that are eligible to get access to e-resources through the National Library and Information Infrastructure for Scholarly Content (N-LIST) are eligible to participate in INFED.
Private Universities / Colleges and Other Institutions: The Federation may allow private universities, private colleges and other organizations to participate after obtaining approval from competent authority.