CRL Partners with Major Law Library Consortium

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Virginia Kerr -

Through a new partnership with the Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC), CRL is expanding the scope of its preservation activities and making new primary source digital collections available to CRL libraries. Under this partnership, CRL and LLMC are working together to identify, preserve, and provide digital access to important, at-risk primary sources in the fields of international law, government, and politics.

A joint CRL-LLMC committee will guide identification of collections to be digitized, which will be drawn from CRL holdings as well as those of other important repositories. These newly digitized materials will support the interests of CRL libraries and augment CRL collection strengths in area and international studies.  LLMC has access to a large body of material listed in the bibliography Common Law Abroad, which documents the heritage of constitutional and legal regimes in former British territories and colonies, including British Africa.

Beginning in September 2010, researchers at all CRL libraries will have access to the online LLMC-Digital database, which includes over 20 million pages of legal and government-related materials from all world regions.  Researchers and librarians from the CRL community can login at to explore this content and its rich potential for interdisciplinary research. After the initial year, CRL will propose terms of continued access to the materials for interested CRL libraries.


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