A Gem of Resource Materials: Center for Research Libraries

Learning that the Library now has a membership to the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is sweet music to the ears of scholars and researchers at the College of Staten Island.  Based in the heart of Chicago, IL, the Center for Research Libraries acquires and preserves more than 4.5 million publications of rarely-held books, journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and other primary source materials from all regions of the globe for research and teaching.  The Center makes them available to member institutions through Interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.

Highlights of the Center’s diverse collections include:

  • In-depth holdings that support research in history of science, economics, law and government, immigration and population studies, international diplomacy, cultural studies, and more.
  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s–the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America.
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles.
  • More than 38,000 foreign journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries.
  • Area Studies – Major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and more.
  • More than 800,000 foreign dissertations—mostly from European institutions.

The Center’s materials can be accessed through the Center’s URL at http://www.crl.edu/ and materials can be obtained by requesting them through the Office of Interlibrary Loan using the link at http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/faqs/55-ill .   The Center for Research Libraries allows material, other than articles that can be forwarded electronically, to be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries.

For more information or assistance, please visit the Reference Desk or contact:

Professor Andrew Leykam
Coordinator of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery
(718) 982-4076