Duke University Libraries is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). As a member institution, Duke University faculty, staff and students are eligible to borrow CRL resources through extended Interlibrary Requests or electronic delivery.  Duke University affiliates are eligible to benefit from the following CRL member services:

Area Studies Program

Duke is a member of the CRL Area Studies Program, which "provides access to a pool of materials that are beyond the means of any individual area studies program to provide and that might not be available at all without preservation." CRL administers and coordinates the activities of six area studies microform projects:

Each project has its own by-laws, fees and governance. Each project selects material to preserve and collect according to its own guidelines.

Source: CRL Area Studies Program  

Demand Purchase Program

E-CRL: Digital Collections

Brazilian Government Documents
Executive branch serial documents issued by Brazil's national government (1821 -1993) and by its provincial governments from the earliest available for each province to the end of the empire in 1889.
Chinese pamphlets: Political communication and mass education in the early period of the People's Republic of China
Chinese pamphlets, picture books and other propaganda issued during the early years of the People’s Republic of China (1947- 1954). Unlike the high-end, made-for-export propaganda held by many western libraries, this is the “street literature” of the revolution — the comic books, leaflets and other ephemera distributed to the population of the provincial cities and villages.

Digital South Asia Library (DSAL)
The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia including bibliographies, books and journals, full-text dictionaries, images, maps and statistical information from the colonial period to the present.

Dziennik Zwiazkowy
Established in 1908 by the Polish National Alliance, Dziennik Zwiazkowy continues to be published today as the Polish Daily News. This database includes the first ten years of publication (1908-1917) and represents local, national and international issues of utmost concern to the Polish community of Chicago at that time.

Pamphlets and Periodicals of the French Revolution of 1848
Digital collection of pamphlets and periodicals from the French Revolution of 1848 held by CRL.

Slavery and Manumission Manuscripts of Timbuktu
From the Bibliothèque Commémorative Mama Haidara in Timbuktu, Mali, a collection of 19th-century manuscripts relating to slavery and manumission in Timbuktu. The materials, in Arabic, provide documentation on Africans in slavery in Muslim societies.

World Newspaper Archive
The World Newspaper Archive is a collaborative effort of CRL member institutions and Readex to preserve and provide persistent access to historical newspapers from around the globe. Access is available for all CRL member institutions.

Global Resources Network

Duke is a member of the CRL Global Resources Network(GRN), a voluntary and collaborative initiative of higher academic research institutions to expand and enhance access to international scholarly resources. Duke University Libraries has supported the following GRN initiatives:

Search & Request CRL Titles

  • Search for resources in the CRL catalog.
  • Request CRL titles via Interlibrary Requests.  
  • Browse titles in CRL Topic Guides to find resources by subject.
  • Utilize doctoral dissertations from institutions in countries outside of the United States and Canada.
  • Access newspapers (for which CRL owns at least 1 day of a newspaper title).
  • View archival material from national governments, NGOs and other organizations and institutions. 

Search & Request Guidelines 

  • limited-term access to a database
  • purchase of short-term newspaper subscription in either hard copy or online format
  • minimum cost of $300
  • resource is not presently accessible through the member library
  • resources should be used to meet a specific research need
  • type of material is not limited to archives, dissertations or newspapers but is open to all types
  • time period for access falls within the CRL fiscal year (July 1-June 30) in which the resource request was approved 

Note:  Some CRL resources are not listed in the CRL catalog. Contact your Subject Specialist for help identifying additional titles that may be useful in your research.

Undergraduate Research Working Group

The Undergraduate Research Working Group (URWG) serves as a CRL advisory group that supports the use of primary source materials in upper-level undergraduate coursework and instruction. Members of URWG identify topics of broad interest to the entire membership and advise CRL on approaches to resource discovery (primarily through CRL Topic Guides and strategic digitization). This allows for greater exposure to primary resources, including those in digital format, for meeting the needs of CRL’s undergraduate constituency.