Many collections are too costly or too specialized for individual institutions to acquire. Each year, CRL purchases items nominated and prioritized by member libraries. Through the CRL Purchase Proposal Program, CRL member libraries identify collections essential for scholarship that are too costly or too specialized for individual institutions to acquire (and not readily available for loan from holding libraries). Participation in this cooperative collection development program is one of the benefits of CRL membership.
Librarians of all CRL voting member libraries are invited to nominate collections for purchase, voting later to prioritize which items CRL acquires. The deadline for FY21 Purchase Proposal nominations is September 30, 2020.
Nominations are submitted through our global collections proposal tool. Login is required to make a nomination. If you have not registered for a CRL universal login, please access the signup form from any on-campus IP address. More information on the Purchase Proposal Program can be found in the Cooperative Collection Building section of CRL’s website.
Last year’s proposals resulted in the approval to purchase six new collections with a total list price value of $121,624.
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