The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines.
CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources. Most materials acquired are from outside the United States, and many are difficult to obtain or at-risk materials from six major world regions: Africa, the Middle East, Slavic and Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America.
Librarians, specialists, and scholars at many of the major U.S. and Canadian universities help CRL identify and obtain important historical evidence and source materials through various area studies collection-building programs, and through CRL's purchase proposal and demand purchase programs.
CRL is based in Chicago and is governed by a Board of Directors drawn from the research and higher education communities.