Center for Research Libraries members voted to acquire five new primary source collections through the 2019 Purchase Proposal Program, with a list price value of $218,070 (depending on the exchange rate). Once acquired, these materials will be available on interlibrary loan through all CRL libraries.
Through the CRL Purchase Proposal Program, CRL member libraries nominate specialized microform and hard copy collections too costly for individual institutions to acquire and not readily available for loan from other sources. Participation in this cooperative program is one of the many benefits of CRL membership.
Items approved for purchase include: Al-Ahram, the second oldest newspaper title in Egypt; the transcripts of BBC world broadcasts from 1947-1997 from various world areas; the archives of the Political and Secret Department of Britain's India Office concerning the emerging Saudi Arabia Kingdom from 1914-1939; Le canard enchaîné and Charlie Hebdo, two French political satire newspapers; and a selection of nine contemporary newspaper titles from Iran.