The Demand Purchase service at CRL provides for the purchase of publications (including foreign doctoral dissertations, and archive microfilm titles or newspaper titles in which the Center has partial holdings) to fill a member request, when the requested materials are not already owned by the Center. This service is provided at no additional cost to the member or user, but the time period required to fulfill such requests (especially dissertation requests) is longer than the normal interlibrary loan fulfillment period.
When CRL places an order for a dissertation requested for purchase by a member, CRL staff add information on the process to the bibliographic record in the OPAC. Members and faculty or students at their institutions can check online to learn where the order is in the process. Below is an example of one record for a dissertation order in process: