CRL: Center for Research Libraries

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Middlebury's CRL membership allows us unlimited borrowing of CRL material via Interlibrary Loan.

CRL is a partnership of over 240 university, college, and independent research libraries.  The CRL collection includes:

  • the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America, including international, U.S. colonial titles, U.S. ethnic titles, and Civilian Conservation Corps camp newspapers/newsletters
  • 38,000 foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • 800,000 foreign dissertations, CRL will purchase foreign doctoral dissertations if not owned
  • major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and other locations
  • a total collection of almost 5,000,000 rarely held books, journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and primary source materials

As a CRL member, Middlebury library patrons have access to the entire CRL collection via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).  Some CRL materials can be digitized on demand and can be provided via electronic delivery.  Loan periods, and the amount of material that can be borrowed at any time, are considerably more generous than traditional ILL.  As long as CRL materials are not need by another institution we are able to renew CRL materials indefinitely.  Use ILLiad to request a basic renewal, or contact the ILL department for a renewal by e-mail for a long term renewal:

How do I use CRL?

CRL materials are requested the same way as any other traditional ILL request: through Middlebury’s ILL department: go\ill (on-campus) or\ill (off-campus).   If you know ahead of time that you need to borrow a large quantity of material, or you need to borrow something for an extended period of time, please indicate this clearly in the “Notes” field when you fill in the ILL request form.

You also have the option of searching the CRL catalog directly at: If you locate something that’s of interest, leave a note in the ILL form indicating that you found the item in the CRL catalog.  This will save time by alerting ILL staff to route these requests directly to CRL.

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