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About the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
The Center for Research Libraries makes available more than four million publications, archives and collections to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, social science and science holdings. Center materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. In fiscal year 2004, 92 percent of the Center's interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90 percent of copies were delivered within one business day.
The Center's resources include:
- 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s--the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America. Search foreign newspapers.
- 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles. Search U.S. ethnic newspapers.
- Foreign journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries
- More than 800,000 foreign dissertations. Search foreign doctoral dissertations.
- Area Studies - Major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia and more.
Scholars and researchers from CRL member institutions have free and unlimited use of the CRL collections through interlibrary loan. CRL will lend to members any quantity of material or will provide photocopies in response to requests for articles or pages. There is no formal loan period for Center materials. Material is subject to recall when requested by another member institution. KU's interlibrary loan department will borrow resources held by CRL. To request materials from CRL, please complete the interlibrary loan forms at the KU Libraries' WebRetrieve site.
Students, faculty and other researchers may visit CRL's Reading Room in Chicago to use Center materials. Arrangements must be made with CRL's Access Services Department in advance of the patron's visit to insure that needed materials are available.
Read more about CRL collections and services in the FOCUS newsletter.