Center for Research Libraries

The Laurier Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), which provides an array of resources and services for the scholar. CRL makes available more than 4.5 million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. More than 600,000 titles held at CRL are searchable through its online catalogue. To discover many other resources not yet in the catalogue, check the prepared topic guides.

Highlights of the collection

  • More than 6,000 newspaper titles published outside the United States. Holdings from the various Area Study Microform Projects are included, many dating to the 1700's -- the second largest circulating collection in North America
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
  • Foreign journals that are rarely held in North American libraries including current and historic science journals, and technology, industrial and trade journals
  • More than 800,000 dissertations from universities outside the U.S. and Canada
  • Major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia and more
  • Records for approximately 650 official gazette titles. The catalogue serves as a “union list” of holdings within the major collections residing in North America, encompassing both CRL holdings as well as the holdings of other major libraries.

Data and primary evidence

CRL holdings support topical and analytical studies across regions and disciplines, including:

  • history of science and technology
  • law and government
  • environmental and physical sciences
  • economics, trade, and finance
  • immigration and population studies
  • international diplomacy

Borrowing materials

To borrow materials not available digitally or available through the Primo catalogue, use RACER, Laurier Library's Interlibrary Loan service. Materials can be obtained for extended periods and at no cost to Laurier users. Typically, requests are filled within 7 to 10 business days. There are no limitations regarding format or the amount of material borrowed.

To meet scholars' individual research needs, CRL will purchase material in certain categories on demand, to the extent that funds permit.

For more information, or to set up an appointment to learn more about CRL, contact Interlibrary Loan staff.