Boilerplate Text Describing CRL for Local Use

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 72 Words

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries collectively building, stewarding, and sharing a wealth of resource materials from all world regions to support inspired research and teaching. CRL's deep and diverse collections are shaped by specialists at major U.S. and Canadian research universities, who work together to identify and preserve collections and content, to ensure its long-term integrity and accessibility to researchers worldwide. 


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.