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Center for Research Libraries

Enriching research. Expanding possibilities. Since 1949.

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.

CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources. Most materials acquired are from outside the United States, and many are from five “emerging” regions of the world: Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America. 

CRL enables institutions to provide students, faculty, and other researchers liberal access to these rich source materials through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery. CRL loan and electronic delivery are designed to support major research projects, such as the production of scholarly monographs and studies, the writing of dissertations, and seminars at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels.

Principal Consortial Functions
Collections sharing
Interlibrary loan/document delivery