Written by on April 1, 2015

Cal Poly now member of Center for Research Libraries

As of April 2015, Kennedy Library will be a member of The Center for Research Libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries that supports research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available often rare and uncommon primary source materials from around the world. CRL collects broadly in news, law and government, finance, the history of science, technology and engineering, and the history and economics of agriculture.

Cal Poly is the first CSU to become a member of CRL.

“This membership will provide our faculty and student researchers access to an extraordinary body of literature across disciplines, through both direct download and inter-library borrowing,” said Tim Strawn, Director of Information Resources.

Benefits of CRL membership:

  • Unlimited access to a collection of approximately five million items, including the largest circulating collection of newspapers in North America. Researchers can also access more than 38,000 foreign journals and 800,000 foreign dissertations, held in few if any other U.S. libraries, and major microfilm and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
  • Extended interlibrary loans: CRL materials are loaned for entire academic cycles and the duration of advanced research projects, with third-day delivery available for the majority of materials.
  • Digital delivery: More than 4 million pages of CRL collection materials are online.
  • No-cost document delivery: Articles from the extensive collection of serials held by Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology are available through RapidILL.
  • Online access to the LLMC-Digital database: More than 12,000 volumes (over nine million pages) of historical legal publications from CRL and sponsored collections have been digitized, with a total of 51 million pages and 100,000 volumes planned.
  • Online access to the Global Resources Agriculture Partnership: An extensive body of serials and government publications on agriculture, rural life and home economics published between 1820 and 1975 that have been digitized and/or microfilmed under the USAIN (United States Agriculture Information Network) program.
  • Demand purchases: CRL acquires materials at researcher request for no charge in three areas: foreign dissertations, newspapers, and archival materials.

For questions about CRL membership, contact Tim Strawn.

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