To aid in local promotion of Center for Research Libraries collections and services, CRL has compiled the following boilerplate text. Note that there are also more detailed descriptions available in various sections of this website.
Describing CRL in 40 Words
The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars critical primary source material.
Describing CRL in 150 Words
The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. CRL provides a shared collection of five million books, journals, documents and newspapers. Long runs of CRL materials can be borrowed for extended periods, and many materials are digitized on demand. CRL is committed to expanding electronic access to international primary source collections, participating in a number of collaborative efforts that have generated over 35 million pages of digitized content to date.
CRL’s resources include:
- The largest circulating collection of newspapers in North America--more than 16,000 newspaper titles from all world regions and from every U.S. state—mainstream dailies and opposition papers, rare publications from international conflict zones, U.S. ethnic titles and early African-American newspapers
- Access to rich holdings in STE print serials through a partnership with the Linda Hall Library of Science, Technology and Engineering
- More than 800,000 non- U.S. dissertations
- Area Studies: major collections of news, government documents, and archives from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Southeast and South Asia
Describing CRL for Customized Reference in Local Subject Guides
Researchers at [name of your institution] have access to the extensive primary source collections of the Center for Research Libraries, an international consortium of university, college and independent research libraries. CRL acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other resources for research and teaching. You can request an interlibrary loan or have materials digitized on demand.
Suggested additional customization: note CRL collection strengths, such as historical newspapers, government documents, or archival collections; link to one or more of CRL's topic guides (or link to specific citations); or obtain a customized script to search the CRL catalog for a particular topic.