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CRL manages and makes available holdings of approximately five million newspapers, journals, dissertations, archives, government publications, and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. New acquisitions focus on materials produced outside the United States and Canada, especially publications and archives from developing regions. CRL's Area Materials 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, and 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 obtained the majority of the collection through deposit from member libraries, but continues to acquire about 5,000 titles per year from major universities abroad through purchase and deposit agreements.

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. CRL's Canadian legislative journals have been digitized and are available to researchers at CRL libraries through the LLMC-Digital database.

U. S. state government documents: more than a half million volumes of deposited and purchased monographic and serial publications of U. S. state government agencies and legislatures from the earliest period through 1950, including financial reports and research studies. Excluded content includes internal agency newsletters, agricultural station publications, maps, and state court reports. Most of the collection is not cataloged; to identify resources, consult state publications checklists or contact CRL asd [at] crl [dot] edu (Access Services).  CRL also maintains a collection of legislative journals through 1990, many of which are digitized and available to researchers at CRL libraries through the LLMC-Digital database.


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


More than 10,000 titles in paper and microform 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 and industrial journals from the late 19th century through the mid-2oth century; journals on science, medicine, technology, agriculture, and textiles in South, East, and Southeast Asia; and journals from the Russian Academy of Science.  These are augmented by the vast serial holdings of the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology, which are accessible gratis to CRL libraries through RapidILL document delivery.  


CRL holds other types of material, primarily acquired through deposit by member libraries.  These  include:

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