Member institutions frequently refer to CRL resources and services on their Web site and in brochures, handouts, and other promotional materials. To encourage this practice and to optimize the mutual benefits, CRL has compiled the following boilerplate descriptions. Please feel free to use them in your institution’s promotional materials and Web site.
Center Description in 30 Words
The Center for Research Libraries acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.
Center Description in 150 Words
The Center for Research Libraries makes available approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. CRL materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. Last year, 92 percent of the CRL’s interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90 percent of copies were delivered within one business day as well.
CRL resources include:
- 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s—the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
- 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
- Foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
- More than 800,000 dissertations
- Area Studies: major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and many other areas