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This page is part of the Membership FAQ. You may also find our full list of FAQ questions helpful.


Benefits for Voting and Global memberships are summarized below.

Voting member benefits include the following:
  • Unlimited access to CRL materials, which are delivered to member institutions at no additional cost.
  • A 90-day loan period, with 90-day renewals as needed.
  • Participation in the Purchase Proposal Program—an annual, ballot-based, cooperative acquisition program.
  • Participation in the Shared Purchase Program—a cooperative acquisition program based on CRL-organized buyer groups.
  • Participation in the Demand Purchase Program, in which patrons (i.e., individual faculty, grad students, etc.) at member institutions can request purchases up to $2,000 annually in three areas: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and archival material.
  • Electronic delivery of materials, when possible
  • Eligible to load CRL catalog records or subsets at no charge (includes periodic updates)
  • Program and service orientations available for member staff.
  • Individualized resource searches available through CRL’s User Services.
  • Participation in planned scanning projects through User Services.
  • Web consultations to optimize user access to the CRL catalog.
  • Free subscription to The Charleston Advisor.
  • Cost avoidance - Many members take advantage of CRL’s large legacy newspaper collections on microfilm—and third-day delivery—to discontinue costly subscriptions, thus saving or redirecting funds to other purposes
  • Eligible to participate in JSTOR, ICON, Print Archiving, and other CRL activities and partnerships.
Global member benefits include the following:
  • Unlimited access to the majority of CRL materials. Paper-based and other hard-copy materials are not available for interlibrary loan. Global members pay all shipping costs.
  • A 90-day loan period, with 90-day renewals as needed.
  • Participation in the Shared Purchase Program—a cooperative acquisition program based on CRL-organized buyer groups.
  • Participation in the Demand Purchase Program, in which patrons (i.e., individual faculty, grad students, etc.) at member institutions can request purchases up to $2,000 annually in three areas: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and archival material.
  • Electronic delivery of materials, when possible
  • Eligible to load CRL catalog records or subsets at no charge (includes periodic updates)
  • Program and service orientations available for member staff.
  • Individualized resource searches available through CRL’s User Services.
  • Participation in planned scanning projects through User Services.
  • Web consultations to optimize user access to the CRL catalog.
  • Free subscription to The Charleston Advisor

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