The Center for Research Libraries makes its dissertations available via interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery. To learn more about borrowing dissertations from the CRL collections, please refer to our policies below based on your institution’s CRL membership status.
- Patrons at CRL Member Institutions
- Patrons not affiliated with a CRL Member Institution
- Reading Room Patrons
CRL provides extensive access to dissertations (Ph.D.) produced outside the U.S. and Canada; its collection of more than 800,000 titles is the largest collection of foreign dissertations in the U.S. Ranging from the 18th century to the present, the collection contains dissertations on all subjects from universities throughout the world. The Center acquires dissertations through exchange agreements with nearly 100 universities, as well as on a title-by-title basis by request. The collection includes the early thought of some major figures in 20th-Century intellectual life, including Albert Schweitzer, Dag Hammarskjold, Albert Einstein, and scores of other Nobel Prize-winners. Many newly acquired dissertations focus on current topics of interest: Islam, the developing economies of Asia and Latin America, women’s studies, and agriculture.