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The Center for Research Libraries provides a shared collection of five million books, journals, documents and newspapers to supplement member libraries’ holdings in the humanities, science, and social sciences. CRL materials can be obtained for extended loan periods, allowing for intensive use of long runs of publications and archives. With a strategic emphasis on expanding electronic access to international primary source collections, CRL participates in a number of cooperative digitization efforts, yielding over 15 million pages of digitized content to date.

CRL resources include:

  • 6,500 international newspapers, some from as early as the 1700s—the largest circulating collection of newspapers in North America.
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, including 2,000 ethnic titles.
  • Foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries, with a focus on science and technology.
  • Access to rich holdings in STE print serials through a partnership with the Linda Hall Library.
  • More than 800,000 non-U.S. dissertations.
  • Area Studies: major collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and South Asia, in various formats.

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