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Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Catalog

About the Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, dissertations, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources. Depending on format, Center materials can be accessed electronically or obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries.

The Center's resources include international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s, U.S. ethnic newspapers, international journals rarely held in U.S. libraries, foreign dissertations, major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia and more. All are searchable through the CRL catalog.

Access to unique collections available to KU faculty, staff, students, and affiliates

Scholars and researchers from CRL member institutions have free and unlimited use of the CRL collections for digital resources and 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 visits

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 CRL connect.


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