CRL Purchase Proposal Program Results

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Mary Wilke -

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Purchase Proposal Program ballot. This year, CRL members voted to acquire four new collections representing a broad range of research interests across the membership. 

Through the Purchase Proposal Program, CRL member libraries nominate significant collections for acquisition which are then evaluated and prioritized by CRL’s membership. Once acquired, these materials are owned collectively by the CRL community, complementing local member collections, and are available for use by member libraries and their researchers. Member participation in the Purchase Proposal Program is one of the ways the CRL community builds collective collections and provides access to resources that may otherwise be too costly for individual libraries to obtain.

Items approved for purchase this year include:

  • Arabic Manuscripts on Islamic Law from the 12th to 20th century,
  • Asian Law - Southeast Asia from 1850 through 1945, 
  • Karaite Printing from the 16th century up to World War I (1914), and 
  • Zhongguo fang zhi cong shu: Shaanxi Province, Third Series 中國方誌叢書 陜西 (Collection of Local Gazetteers: Shaanxi Province, Third Series) from 1080 through 1948. 

For more information on these collections, please see the 2021 Purchases list.

CRL is thankful for membership’s participation in the Purchase Proposal Program. Member involvement in CRL’s collective collection building helps support current research needs at institutions and ensures access for future scholars. To read more about how CRL collections have advanced members’ research, check out our Impact Stories.

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