Center for Research Libraries

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries.  Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a member of this consortium and as a result Tulane students and faculty can borrow from the CRL's approximately five million newspapers, journals, dissertations, archives, government publications, and other specialized resources for research and teaching.

To find materials held by the Center for Research Libraries search the CRL catalog. To borrow CRL materials, Tulane students and faculty may request CRL materials through Howard-Tilton Memorial Library's interlibrary loan service.
Most of the materials acquired and held by the CRL are from outside the United States and many are from the emerging regions of the world: Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Latin America.  Tulane students and faculty are able to use these rich source materials through interlibrary loan of physical items in the CRL and electronic delivery of CRL materials that have been digitized.

Examples materials include millions of documents, primarily from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Archive of the United Kingdom, in addition to many special collections of archival and primary source material such as the 100,000-plus-page archive of Cambodia's notorious Khmer Rouge regime. Other materials include more than 800,000 doctoral dissertations (including those of Albert Einstein, Dag Hammarskjold, and other Nobel laureates) from universities outside the U.S. and Canada. The CRL houses more 10,000 newspapers from most countries of the world and every state in the U.S., including over 1,800 U.S. ethnic titles and some of the earliest African American newspapers. It houses 500,000 specialized monographs and 66,500 serials, including a large collection of U.S. trade journals from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century; journals on science, medicine, technology, agriculture, and textiles in South and South East Asia; and journals from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Digital Collections

Documents, newspapers, books, and journals are among the items the CRL has scanned in response to scholars’ requests for loan of CRL holdings.  All titles can be accessed from the CRL catalog.  Click here to browse among these thematic collections.

Center for Research Libraries Overview

See the recorded video broadcast below for a detailed 60 minute overview of the CRL collections and services that is aimed at student and faculty researchers.



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