The approximately five million newspapers, journals, books, pamphlets, dissertations, archives, government publications, and other resources held by CRL support original research and teaching. CRL holdings include materials from all world regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central, South and Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. While these shared collections are largely paper and microform, CRL is continually expanding member access to digital materials.

CRL Collecting Areas

CRL acquires and makes available to researchers a wide range of uncommon materials. Acquisitions focus on news; law and government; finance, the history of science, technology and engineering; and the history and economics of agriculture.

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Cooperative Collection Building

Longstanding cooperative programs strategically build deep and diverse shared collections of source materials, available to researchers at CRL libraries, while minimizing local acquisition, processing and storage costs.

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Tools and Resources for Informed Collection Development

CRL supports informed investment in collections by libraries in its community, through a variety of information resources, analyses, activities, and forums.

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The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

South Asia Specialist’s Research Enriched by CRL Collections

Wendy Singer, Kenyon College professor, explains how CRL collections supported her original research on South Asian women.

Documenting Ghanaian Social Change through the Music Scene

Alison K. Okuda, New York University postdoctoral teaching fellow and lecturer, attests to the importance of CRL’s African newspaper collection to her dissertation on, “Caribbean and African Exchanges: The Post-Colonial Transformation of Ghanaian Music, Identity, and Social Structure.”

Window Into Lives of Ukrainian Refugees, 1945-1954

In 2015, the Slavic and East European Materials Project at CRL (SEEMP) completed digitization of the Ukrainian Émigré Press Collection, encompassing some 90 titles published between 1945–1954, and now dispersed in collections in Toronto, Cambridge, and New York.