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  • American Periodicals
  • Brazilian Government Documents
  • Chinese Pamphlets
  • Digital Library for International Research (DLIR)
  • Digital South Asia Library (DSAL)
  • Dziennik Zwiazkowy
  • Latin American Newspapers
  • LLMC-Digital
  • Pamphlets and Periodicals of the French Revolution of 1848
  • Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu
  • South Asian Newspapers
  • TRAIL-Technical Report Archive and Image Library
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Center for Research Libraries Catalog (CRL)

Catalog of newspapers, journals, documents, foreign dissertations, archives and other resources for research, which VT users borrow through ILLiad and, in some cases, access online. See also "topic guides." VT does NOT subscribe to all CRL "e-collections." CRL is a consortium of North American research libraries, including Virginia Tech, for preserving and sharing rare or unusual works.

CRL holds approximately five million newspapers, journals, dissertations, archives, government publications, and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. Current acquisitions emphasize materials produced outside the United States, especially publications and archives from developing regions. CRL's Area Microform Projects are important sources of this material.


Millions of pages of documents, primarily from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Archive of the United Kingdom, in addition to many special collections of archival and primary source material such as the 100,000-plus-page archive of Cambodia's notorious Khmer Rouge regime.


800,000 doctoral dissertations (including those of Albert Einstein, Dag Hammarskjold, and other Nobel laureates) from universities outside the U.S. and Canada. CRL acquired the majority of the collection through deposit from member libraries. CRL continues to acquire about 5,000 titles per year from major universities through demand purchase and deposit.

Government documents

  • Foreign government documents: several hundred thousand volumes of publications from the government agencies of more than 100 countries, including more than 1,750 official gazettes.
  • U. S. State Documents: more than a half million volumes of deposited and purchased monographic and serial publications of the U. S. state governments, including financial reports and research studies through 1950. CRL also maintains a collection of legislative journals through 1990.


More than 500,000 monographs in all formats and subject areas.


More than 10,000 titles from most countries of the world and every state in the U.S., including over 1,800 U.S. ethnic titles and some of the earliest African American newspapers.


66,500 serials, including a large collection of U.S. trade journals from the late 19th century through the mid-2oth century; journals on science, medicine, technology, agriculture, and textiles in South and South East Asia; and journals from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Collections based on type of material primarily acquired through deposit by member libraries include:

The Center for Research Libraries has digitized over 12,000 books that are available through their catalog. These records have also been added to Addison. Only bibliographic data is searchable; full-text searches are not possible with this collection.



Yes, books are downloadable in PDF format.

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Any Adobe Digital Editions compatible device, including iOS, Android, Nook, and Sony Reader. (Individual pages saved as PDFs can be read on Kindles.)


  • Bibliographic-level indexing in Summon
  • No linking through Get VText


June 15, 2012


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Many of our ebooks are available as PDFs and this format is supported by many ebook readers. Here's a chart listing the capabilities of several major e-reader devices. Some of our downloadable ebooks use Abobe Digital Editions to set expiration periods; here's a list of compatible devices.We do not provide support for loading ebooks onto your device.

We recommend these apps for reading most of our downloadable ebooks:

Looking for help with your ereader? Here's some books from our collection:


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