Center for Research Libraries Topic Guide

The Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars critical primary-source material. Our membership allows for extended loan periods for CRL's shared collection, including: the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America (over 16,000 titles with strengths in various global areas and historical U.S. ethnic titles); over 800,00 foreign dissertations (mostly from European institutions) dating back to the 1800s; primary legal and government resources, including foreign and U.S. state documents; area studies materials—major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East,  South Asia, and Southeast Asia; and digitized collections offering over 50 million pages scanned by request or in partnerships.

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Discover & Borrow

Students, faculty, and staff have free and unlimited use of CRL collections through the Amherst College Library's institutional membership. A good place to start is the CRL Catalog. The catalog now includes all dissertations as well as most newspaper titles. Or browse the CRL topic guides to find out more about collections available to you. A growing collection of online digital collections, including pamphlets from the French Revolution, materials from South Asia, and government documents from Brazil, is also available, as well as materials digitized on demand for member libraries.

Questions about what's available or how to locate it? Your subject librarian can help you identify CRL materials that might be useful in your research.

Use our Request Service to submit your requests through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The loan period for CRL items is six months with unlimited renewals. However, all material may be recalled after two weeks of use if requested by another member or project participant, and the borrower is obligated to return material immediately upon recall. Items with fewer than 50 pages are routinely delivered electronically; fax or photocopy delivery may be requested. Contact your subject librarian or Interlibrary Loan if you have questions about borrowing CRL materials.


    Search CRL's newspapers database

    Non-U.S. Newspapers
    * the largest circulating collection of foreign newspapers in North America
    * 6500+ newspapers from every region of the world
    * from the 1700s to the present

    U.S. Newspapers
    * colonial era to the present
    * 2000+ ethnic titles
    * 2500+ general circulating newspapers
    * specialized titles such as the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps)
    * newspapers from the New Deal Era

      Foreign Dissertations

      Search CRL's foreign dissertations

      * comprehensive access to doctoral dissertations submitted to institutions outside the United States and Canada
      * digitization on request
      * demand purchase program for titles requested but not held by CRL


        Area Studies Projects
        Microform and paper collections from around the globe:
        * Latin America
        * Sub-Saharan Africa
        * Middle East
        * South Asia
        * Southeast Asia
        * Slavic and Eastern Europe

        Types of publications: 
        government reports
        statistical series
        * special collections
        CRL Topic Guides

        Repository Collections
        * Major microform sets
        * Monographs Pre-1951
        * U.S. State documents
        * Pre-1996 foreign official gazettes
        * International bank publications
        * College and university catalogs
        * Southeast Asian and South Asian microfiche monographs and serials
        * U.S. primary and secondary textbooks
        * Miscellaneous collections, e.g., Nuremberg records, railroad reports