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A remarkable online social science & humanities resource: The Center for Research Libraries

Imagine that you're researching a topic in African studies, art, history, political science, sociology, or another social science or humanities discipline. You learn of a rare foreign newspaper, journal, or document that could markedly brighten the gray areas of your study. Now - what are your chances of getting a hold of that critical research item quickly and with no travel or expense to you?

With the Rutgers University Libraries' membership in Center for Research Libraries (CRL), your chances are quite good.

The Center for Research Libraries is a member-directed consortium of 239 university, college, and independent libraries in North America that cooperatively holds more than five million rare research materials and loans them to faculty, students, and other researchers at member institutions through generous interlibrary loan policies and digital article delivery. CRL offers researchers at member institutions:

  • Unlimited access to CRL's corpus of five million items
  • Project-length loan privileges
  • Third-day delivery on the vast majority of interlibrary loans
  • Electronic delivery of monographs and articles (when possible)
  • Demand Purchase Program ~ Enables patrons to request purchases up to $2,000 annually in three areas: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and archival material.

CRL's exceptional network of research materials includes:

  • 6,500 international newspapers from Eastern Europe, Latin-America, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • 2,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era.
  • 5,000 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp newspapers and newsletters.
  • More than 38,000 foreign journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries.
  • More than 800,000 foreign dissertations-mostly from European institutions.
  • Major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and more.

CRL's remarkable in-depth holdings support research in history of science, economics, law and government, immigration and population studies, international diplomacy, cultural studies, and more.

To access CRL's research materials, follow this path from the front page of the Libraries website: Search IRIS and Other Catalogs (in the gray vertical navigation bar) > Other Library Catalogs > Center for Research Libraries .

Posted October 29, 2007
Thank you to Don Dyer, CRL's Membership and Communications Coordinator, for providing much of the text and information used in this news story.