The approximately five million newspapers, journals, books, pamphlets, dissertations, archives, government publications, and other resources held by CRL support research and teaching. CRL acquisitions include materials from all world regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. While materials are held in the original as well as in microformats, increasingly CRL works to expand 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 collection building, preservation, and community collaboration.

Researching the Habsburg Empire

CRL digitized nearly 70 reels of pre-World War I German Foreign Ministry documents for a University of Chicago history professor.

Nation of Islam Paper Featured in Documentary Film

CRL's extensive holdings in African-American newspapers proved useful to a documentary film chronicling boxer Muhammad Ali's politicization

Preserving News from Conflict Zones

CRL programs aim to preserve "first drafts of history" from zones of conflict throughout the world.