The approximately five million newspapers, journals, books, pamphlets, dissertations, archives, government publications, and other resources held by CRL support original research and teaching. CRL holdings include materials from all world regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central, South and Southeast Asia, North America, and Europe. While these shared collections are largely paper and microform, CRL provides online access to a continually expanding body of 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 research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

Unique Arab Diaspora Materials Saved for Future Scholars

In FY 2018 the Middle East Materials Project (MEMP) microfilmed Arab-language publications from several diaspora communities in non-Arab countries, including the UK, Japan, the U.S., and Poland. These resources continue to affirm MEMP’s role as a provider of rare and distinctive documentation for scholars.

Insights on Israel’s Palestinians from a Rare Arab-language Newspaper

CRL's newspaper collection played a critical role in shaping Brothers Apart, a study of Arab Israeli citizens in the 1950s-1960s by University of Arizona professor, Maha Nassar.

CRL Supports Research on Biased News Coverage of Emmett Till

Students of Professor Davis Houck at Florida State University consulted CRL resources to examine media bias covering the death of civil-rights icon Emmett Till.