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(Your city, state) [your library] recently expanded the [university]’s access to approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources by becoming a member of the Center for Research Libraries, beginning on [date].

These critical research materials in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, housed at the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) facility in Chicago, will be available to all faculty, students, and staff through [library name]’s online catalog and through OCLC WorldCat.

The benefits of a CRL membership include: unlimited access to CRL collections, automatic 90-day loan periods with 90-day renewals, third-day delivery on the vast majority of interlibrary loans, and an array of cooperative acquisition programs and user services designed to facilitate scholarly research and support collection-development activities.

Deep and Diverse Collections

CRL members have unlimited access to a collection of materials selected over five decades by subject specialists from North America’s foremost universities and colleges.

Collection highlights include:
  1. Largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
    • 6,500 international newspapers
    • 2,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era
    • 2,000 ethnic titles indexed by language, state, culture, etc.
  2. More than 38,000 international journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
  3. More than 800,000  doctoral dissertations
  4. Area Studies: Major collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Southeast Asia, and in subjects such as human rights.

CRL is a consortium of 240-plus university, college, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources, and makes them available to both member institutions and nonmembers through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery. Most of the materials acquired are from outside of the United States, and many are from the emerging regions of the world: Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America. CRL is based in Chicago and governed by a Board of Directors drawn entirely from the higher education community.

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