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Center for Research Libraries

A Wealth of Resources for Advanced Research

An Extraordinary Auxiliary Library

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The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a partnership of more than 240 university, college, and independent research libraries. For 50-plus years CRL has acquired and preserved newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources, and made them available to member institutions and others through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.

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User-focused policies and practices, including:

Unlimited access to CRL’s corpus of five million items
Project-length loan privileges
Third-day delivery on the vast majority of interlibrary loans
Demand Purchase Program enables patrons to request purchases up to $2,000 annually in three areas:  foreign dissertations, newspapers, and archival material

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CRL collections are diverse and highly developed, including:

Largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America

6,500 international newspapers
2,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era.
2,000 U.S. ethnic titles
Approx. 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.

Area Studies, major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe,  Asia, Southeast Asia, and more.
In-depth holdings that support research in history of science, economics, law and government, immigration and population studies, international diplomacy, cultural studies, and more.

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More details about CRL’s resources may be found in the Topic Guides to the Collections. You can also search the CRL catalog directly and make requests through BC’s interlibrary loan service.  For additional information about CRL, contact your Subject Librarian. More details are also available in the Fall 2012 issue of the Boston College Libraries Newsletter.