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Center for Research Libraries

The University Libraries has joined the Chicago-based Center for Research Libraries. CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources. These resources are made available to member institutions to support advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

The Center makes available almost four million publications, archives, and collections to its member libraries to supplement their own holdings. Center resources include, in part:

  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700's
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
  • Foreign journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • More than 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • Area Studies – Major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and more.

To learn more about CRL or to search their catalog, visit them online or review this handy informational guide. You may also want to subscribe to their quarterly online publication, Focus on Global Resources.

Use Virginia Tech's ILLiad to submit requests for center materials. The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department makes the final decision about where to obtain requested items but if you have identified through their catalog that CRL holds the item you want, you need an extended run of a serial or newspaper, or you need to borrow for an extended period of time please indicate that information in the Notes field of the ILLiad form. Please be advised that many CRL holdings are microfilm or microfiche copies of the original. Whatever format Virginia Tech ILL receives is the format that is passed to the requestor.

The standard loan period for Center materials is three months with unlimited renewals, unless recalled by another researcher. If materials are requested by another member institution or project participant the borrower is obligated to return material immediately upon recall. Items with fewer than 50 pages are routinely delivered digitally. The Center can also deliver documents via fax or photocopy.

If you have questions contact Edward Lener, Associate Director of Collection Management or the college librarian for your discipline.