Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

What is the Center for Research Libraries?

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The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a centralized collection of scholarly research materials in all disciplines. CRL is an international not-for-profit consortium of colleges, universities and libraries that makes available scholarly research resources to users everywhere. CRL is governed by the major research libraries of North America and is funded by fees, grants and contributions. Its outstanding collections include more than 3.5 million volumes of research materials rarely held in North American libraries. CRL offers large collections of foreign dissertations, newspapers, and microfilm sets. Because the University Libraries have membership in CRL, University of Arkansas students, faculty, and staff may borrow these collections through Interlibrary Loan.

What kinds of material does CRL collect?

Digital Collections

Foreign Dissertations

  • comprehensive access to doctoral dissertations submitted to institutions outside the United States and Canada
  • digitization on request
  • demand purchase program for titles requested but not held by CRL
  • search foreign dissertations

Foreign Journals

  • titles rarely held by North American libraries
  • focus on foreign science and technology titles

Foreign Newspapers

  • International Newspapers
  • the largest circulating collection of foreign newspapers in North America
  • 6500+ newspapers from every region of the world
  • from the 1700s to the present
  • search newspapers database

U.S. Newspapers

  • colonial era to the present
  • 2000+ ethnic titles
  • 2500+ general circulating newspapers
  • specialized titles such as the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps)
  • newspapers from the New Deal Era
  • search newspapers database

Area Studies Projects

  • Microform and paper collections from around the globe:
    • Latin America
    • Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Middle East
    • South Asia
    • Southeast Asia
    • Slavic and Eastern Europe
  • Types of publications:
    • government reports
    • statistical series
    • special collections
  • CRL Topic Guides

Repository Collections

  • Major microform sets
  • Monographs Pre-1951
  • U.S. State documents
  • Pre-1996 foreign official gazettes
  • International bank publications
  • College and university catalogs
  • Southeast Asian and South Asian microfiche monographs and serials
  • U.S. primary and secondary textbooks
  • Miscellaneous collections, e.g., Nuremberg records, railroad reports

How can I search for CRL Materials?

A good place to start is the CRL Catalog. The catalog now includes all dissertations as well as most newspaper titles. Or browse the CRL topic guides to find out more about collections available to you. A growing collection of online digital collections, including pamphlets from the French Revolution, materials from South Asia, and government documents from Brazil, is also available, as well as materials digitzied on demand for member libraries.

Find More links in the OneSearch will allow you to redirect a local search to the CRL catalog.

Note that not all CRL materials are listed in their online catalog. Your Subject Librarian can help you identify CRL materials that might be useful in your research. Interlibrary Loan can also query CRL for materials not found in online catalogs.

How can I request materials from CRL?

Use the Interlibrary Loan request form to submit requests. Contact your Subject Librarian or the Interlibrary Loan Department if you have questions about borrowing CRL materials.

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How can I find what's new at CRL?

For the latest CRL news, check out CRL Focus online.

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