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Center for Research Libraries (CRL): Home

This is a guide to how to take advantage of our membership in the Center for Research Libraries.

What is the Center for Research Libraries?

The CRL is itself a research library whose members are libraries, not individuals.  Our library consortium, the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), joined the CRL in 2021.  What this means for you (SU faculty, staff, and students) is that you have access to many more resources at no extra cost to you (or the SU Libraries, mercifully!) either online or through Inter-Library Loan for microfilms and print material, depending on the format available. 

The CRL's holdings include materials from all over the world, including:

  • More than 16,000 newspaper titles from all over the world;
  • Foreign and U.S. government serial publications (legislative, administrative, financial, and statistical reports), government archives. and records;
  • Foreign-language science and technology periodicals, including more than 50,000 current and historical journals from the Linda Hall Library;
  • Journals, census data, and historical monographs relating to the history and economics of agriculture; major microform sets on literature, art, theater, music, and science;
  • Over 800,000 non-U.S., non-Canadian doctoral dissertations.

How to Find CRL Materials

CRL resources appear in search results using the search box on the SU Libraries home page.  You should be able to access anything that is available digitally from CRL through computers on campus at SU and through your proxy login from off campus.  Also, keep in mind that you may request non-electronic materials through your SU Libraries Inter-Library Loan account.

Digital Resources

On-demand Digitization and Acquisitions

The CRL also will do on-demand digitization fulfilling requests from researchers and scholars and will acquire three types of materials on request for researchers: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and copies of archival records. 

Digitization: For many items in its collections, CRL will, in response to an Inter-Library Loan request, digitize the item.  See Digital Delivery for details.

Request a purchase: Do you need certain archival materials, newspapers, or international doctoral dissertations?  CRL will consider purchasing materials not available from member libraries, up to $2,000 per patron per year.  This must be done through our Inter-Library Loan Office. For details about the program, see Demand Purchase Program.

Inter-Library Loan: You can log into your Inter-Library Loan account here.  If you don't already have an account, you will be prompted to create one.