Center for Research Libraries

[Logo and Seal of the Center for Research Libraries]

Queen’s Library is able to borrow CRL materials for extended loan periods and at no cost, on behalf of Queen's faculty, students and researchers. There are no limitations with respect to format or the amount of material borrowed. Typically, interlibrary loan requests at CRL are fulfilled within one business day and delivered to the requesting institution by 2-day express courier.

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About CRL

[CRL Materials]

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent research libraries which aims to acquire and preserve newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. These resources are made available to member libraries cooperatively, through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery. As a full member library, Queen’s Library is able to supplement our own humanities, social sciences and science collections with the extensive and incredibly rich collections housed at CRL (described as more than 5 million "rarely held books, journals, pamphlets, newspapers, dissertations and other primary source materials, and one million digital resources.")

How to Borrow from CRL

[RACER] Scholars and researchers at Queen’s have free and unlimited use of the CRL collections through interlibrary loan. The loan period is unlimited, but is subject to possible recall notice. Locate desired materials held by CRL and submit interlibrary loan requests through RACER. In RACER, use the BLANK REQUEST FORM and in the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS area, specify that the material should be borrowed from CRL. More information on CRL’s borrowing services, including their exceptionally fast turnaround time, is available at: Lending to CRL Members.


How to Search for CRL Materials

CRL’s Catalogue
Search by words or subjects. Limit by where the item is located (Serials, Dissertations, Newspapers, etc.)
[Advanced Search]
Advanced Search
CRL’s Topic Guides
Topic Guides contain details about CRL's uncatalogued collections and list significant sets in a subject arrangement.
The Undergraduate Research Work Group has also identified the following focused collections of primary source materials, which have been digitized:

Digital Collections

[e-crl] Titles digitized by CRL available from the CRL catalogue or browse full list.
Books, dissertations, foreign documents and other CRL items of interest to members have been scanned and are available through the library’s catalogue.

[Chinese Pamphlets] Chinese Pamphlets: Political communication and mass education in the early period of the People's Republic of China
Chinese pamphlets, picture books and other propaganda issued during the early years of the People’s Republic of China between 1947 and 1954. Unlike the high-end, made-for-export propaganda held by many Western libraries, this is the “street literature” of the revolution: the comic books, leaflets and other ephemera distributed to the population of the provincial cities and villages.

[Dziennik Zwiazkowy] Dziennik Zwiazkowy
Established in 1908 by the Polish National Alliance, Dziennik Zwiazkowy continues to be published today as the Polish Daily News. This database includes the first ten years (1908-1917) of publication, which represent local, national and international issues of utmost concern to the Polish community of Chicago at that time.

[Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu] Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu
From the Bibliothèque Commémorative Mama Haidara in Timbuktu, Mali, a collection of 19th century manuscripts relating to slavery and manumission in Timbuktu. The materials, in Arabic, provide documentation on Africans in slavery in Muslim societies.

[e-crl] Brazilian Government Documents
Executive branch serial documents issued by Brazil's national government during the period between 1821 and 1993, and by its provincial governments from the earliest available for each province to the end of the Empire in 1889.

[Pamphlets and Periodicals of the French Revolution of 1848] Pamphlets and Periodicals of the French Revolution of 1848
Digital collection of pamphlets and periodicals from the French Revolution of 1848 held by Center for Research Libraries.

[Digital South Asia Library (DSAL)] Digital South Asia Library (DSAL)
The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia including books and journals, full-text dictionaries, bibliographies, images, maps, and statistical information from the colonial period through the present.

[DLIR] Digital Library for International Research (DLIR)

The Center has partnered with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) to assist with the project administration of the Digital Library for International Research (formerly American Overseas Digital Library). DLIR is an initiative to provide bibliographic and full-text access to the varied resources of the CAORC-sponsored overseas research centers and allied partners in Europe, the Near and Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and West Africa, covering both print collections and research collections in other media.

Foreign Dissertations

[Albert Einstein's Inaugural Dissertation]

Foreign Dissertations

CRL seeks to provide full access to doctoral dissertations from outside the U. S. and Canada. One hundred European universities maintain exchange or deposit agreements with CRL. Russian dissertation abstracts in the social sciences are obtained on microfiche from the Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INION).

Search CRL’s collection using the Dissertations tab at their catalogue.

Area Studies: Print & Microform Collections

The Area Studies projects at CRL acquires and preserves unusual and notable microform resources in support of interdisciplinary fields of research and scholarship pertaining to the following six geographical, national/federal, or cultural regions: [LAMP: Map of Latin America]

Foreign Journals & Newspapers

CRL holds over 66,000 serials including a large collection of trade journals from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. It currently collects three categories of serials, which number about 7,000:

[Chemistry Journal]

CRL holds over 6,100 foreign newspaper titles in print or on microfilm from every region of the world and currently subscribes to over 250 newspapers from 96 countries.

How to Search for Newspapers

Go to Catalog Search Options, or alternatively, go to the Catalogue. Select the Newspapers tab.

One can browse by country; the search results will display the country entry subdivided by smaller geographic units, e.g. by city.

[CRL Search for Newspapers]

U.S. Newspapers

[Los Angeles Times]

CRL holds over 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including a strong collection of U.S. ethnic newspapers, published from the mid-1800s to the present. CRL has a subscription to at least one newspaper from every state and to newspapers from an additional 25 cities with the greatest population nationally.

Major collections within the U.S. newspaper collection include:

[Newspaper: 'O Popular' (New Bedford, Massachusetts). Language: Portuguese]

To search for newspapers, go to Catalog Search Options, or alternatively, go to the Catalogue. Select the Newspapers tab.

One can browse by country; the search results will display the country entry subdivided by smaller geographic units, e.g. by city.

[CRL Search for Newspapers]


[CRL Materials]

For assistance with locating CRL materials please contact your subject librarian.

Reference services are also available from the CRL.