Digital Services

CRL delivers documents, newspapers, books, and other source materials from our collections in digital format to support research and teaching by scholars in the CRL community. 

Digital Initiatives

Digitization at CRL takes various forms:

Digital Delivery
Over 80 percent of CRL’s in-house digital production (more than 500,000 pages per year) is in response to requests from researchers at CRL member institutions. When CRL receives loan requests, we examine the source material to determine if we can provide completed scans within five working days. All digitized documents remain linked from CRL’s catalog as PDF files. We follow general best practices on technical specifications for digital imaging and text conversion.

Strategic Digitization
We select groups of CRL materials for digitization in anticipation of specific interests. Various CRL-related groups  suggest themes, series, or particular titles for digitization.

Our strategic scanning efforts have resulted in our featured digital collections, including illustrated Chinese propaganda pamphlets, French pamphlets from the Revolution of 1848, and Brazilian provincial government documents.

Collaborative Digitization Projects
Our collaborative use of digitization helps preserve significant portions of our collections, drawing upon the expertise and resources of CRL libraries and other appropriate partners. CRL advisory groups have approved guidelines for collaborations with vendors.

Two major collaborative digital initiatives currently underway: 


To request digitization of selected CRL material for research use, contact Access Services.

For further information about CRL’s Digitization Programs,  contact Amy Wood, Digital Program Manager.