What is the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and how do I request material from it?
DePaul is a member of the Center for Research Libraries. CRL makes available more than four million publications, archives and collections to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, social science and science holdings. CRL materials can be obtained for extended loan periods (3 months, with the ability to renew) and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. CRL's resources include:
- 6,500 international (many dating to the 1700s) and 4,500 U.S. (many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles) newspapers -- the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
- Foreign journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries
- More than 800,000 foreign dissertations
- Area studies include major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and more
Requests for CRL holdings go through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department, via WorldCat. If you're not sure what you're looking for, it may be easier to search CRL's catalog directly first, since you can limit by serials, newspapers, dissertations, and e-resources . If you click on More Details in a catalog record, you'll see the OCLC number for the record, which you can then paste into a search in WorldCat Local (where it's called Accession Number) and get to the Request Via DePaul ILLiad link. Questions? Stop by a reference desk or use our Ask a Librarian service.