Searching and ordering materials from CRL

How to use interlibrary delivery services to request CRL materials:

  • Use the ILLiad or Oakland interlibrary book request form to order physical items like print books and dissertations. They will be delivered to Snell Library within a week.
  • Use the article request form to request a scan of an article.  It should arrive within two to four days as a PDF you can download.
  • You may request full newspaper scans from CRL for most historical newspapers, if they haven't already been scanned. 
    • Choose the article request form.
    • For the article title, put "Complete Issue"
    • For the volume, put the microform and reel number if you see it in the catalog.
    • For pages, put "all".
    • Include the range of dates you need
    • Under "notes, please put "Available at CRL" and include the URL starting with "" where you found the item.
  • You can also request actual reels of microfilm on interlibrary loan! They can be read on machines at Snell Library which are connected to a computer that can search and retrieve through optical character recognition.
  • Loan periods for CRL items are generous and can be extended.
  • Please indicate on the request form that the item you are requesting is from CRL.  
  • Adding an OCLC number from the CRL catalog will expedite the borrowing process.

Featured resources from the CRL collections

International and historical dissertations

CRL has more than 800,000 doctoral dissertations and theses from universities outside of the U.S. and Canada. The collection was built by deposits from member libraries and almost 100 universities.  Search for dissertations through the CRL catalog's advanced search, using the "dissertation" tab.

Engineering journals

CRL libraries have access to the combined CRL and Linda Hall Library science, technology, and engineering print journals. These current and back issues will be made available electronically through on-demand scanning and delivery through ILLiad.  Search for journal titles using the CRL catalog (Opens in new window).

Ethnic and regional newspapers

CRL has vast holdings of newspapers, scripts, transcripts, and translations of news reports. These come from the British Broadcasting Corporation, CBS, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, and the Voice of America. CRL also offers over 12,000 titles, more than 10,000 published outside the U.S.  Search for ethnic, US newspapers through the CRL advanced search (Opens in new window)., using the newspapers filter.