August 17, 2011
The Newman Library has joined the prestigious Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a consortium of 240-plus university, college, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources from a global network of sources.
Most of the materials acquired are from outside of the United States, and many are from the emerging regions of the world: Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America. CRL is based in Chicago and governed by a Board of Directors drawn entirely from the higher education community. Membership provides Baruch College students and faculty with access to the Center’s approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources. These research materials in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, housed at the CRL facility in Chicago, are available through interlibrary loan.
The benefits of a CRL membership include: unlimited access to CRL collections, automatic 90-day loan periods with 90-day renewals, third-day delivery on the vast majority of interlibrary loans, and an array of cooperative acquisition programs and user services designed to facilitate scholarly research and support collection-development activities.
CRL members have unlimited access to a collection of materials selected over five decades by subject specialists from North America’s foremost universities and colleges.
Collection highlights include:
- Largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
- 6,500 international newspapers
- 2,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era
- 2,000 ethnic titles indexed by language, state, culture, etc.
- More than 38,000 international journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
- More than 800,000 doctoral dissertations
- Area Studies: Major collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Southeast Asia, and in subjects such as human rights.