The UH-M Library recently joined the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) consortium, which allows Manoa students, faculty, staff and affiliates free access to a variety of services, including free interlibrary loan (via second day UPS airmail) to more than 5 million items held by the Ohio-based CRL library, including many of potential use to scholars of Hawai'i and the Pacific. To search the CRL library catalog and request items via interlibrary loan, go to http://catalog.crl.edu/ For more information on CRL, visit www.crl.edu.
The below text is quoted directly from the CRL website:
The Center for Research Libraries makes available approximately five million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its member libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. CRL materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. Last year, 92 percent of the CRL’s interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90 percent of copies were delivered within one business day as well.
CRL resources include:
- 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s—the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
- 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
- Foreign journals rarely held in U.S. libraries
- More than 800,000 dissertations
- Area Studies: major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and many other areas